We survived our Harvest Shop Hop at the store this past weekend which included hundreds of toilet paper pumpkins as our make-it take-it. I'm sure the nice folks at Costco thought the ladies at Strawberry Patches had a serious problem because we were there five times in two days buying more cases of TP! =)
To say these were a hit would be a gross understatement.
Although the idea for these has apparently been around awhile, they were new to me (and by the reaction of our hoppers they were new to most of them too).
I've had a few requests for a tutorial so in an effort to please, here it is.
Things you will need:
: A full roll of toilet paper
: One or two sheets of newspaper
: A fat quarter of fabric (18"x22")
: A twig 4" to 6" long and about 1/2" thick
: 18" of 1 1/2" wide ribbon
: Optional embellishments - raffia covered wire (available at Hobby Lobby and Michael's), leaves, spiders, tags, jewels, etc.
: You will also need wire cutters, scissors and pruning shears to cut the twig
: A chop stick and wooden spoon for poking
If you notice there is no mention of a glue gun. This is probably what I like best about this project - no glue gun or sewing machine is required. This is a craft for all ages and you don't need to worry about anyone burning their fingers or needing sewing skills. I have this fantasy of pulling this craft out after Thanksgiving dinner with the children and adults gathered together around the table, all making a Thanksgiving pumpkin to take home. It's quick and super simple yet you can goo-ga it up as much as you want (like I always tend to do).
Because nothing was glued, you can unwrap the TP after Thanksgiving and use it for what it was intended and the fabric can go back into your stash. Talk about repurposing!
Here's how it's done:
Wrap the toilet paper roll with one to two sheets of newspaper. This is important because it, well, makes your pumpkin look less like a wrapped roll of toilet paper and more like a wonky roundish pumpkin.
Don't worry if the paper tears a bit.
Use the handle of the wooden spoon to poke the paper into the core of the cardboard roll.
Once you are happy with the shape wrap the fabric piece around the paper, poking the ends into the hole. You will need to tuck in the short sides of the fabric so no raw edges are showing.
Continue to shape your pumpkin as you work.
Poke the stick into the center hole.
Tie a bow with the 18" of ribbon and using the chop stick, poke in place.
Wrap about twelve inches of the wired raffia around a wooden spoon handle to form tendrils and poke into place.
Add any additional embellishments that you would like.
Any fabric works but keep in mind that all the excess fabric gets stuffed into the center hole so if it's too heavy & bulky it's hard to get it all in there. This burlap was a booger to stuff into that hole.
Here's one with decorator weight fabric. After showing our hoppers how to do hundreds of fabric pumpkins last weekend we decided the crazy, unusual fabrics were the most fun.
I thought they might make cool place card holders/party favors...
What would Martha say?
I hope this encourages you to try these with your family during the up coming holidays.
Oh, and if you are interested, you can see how I made the ruffles on the candle holders here.
Encourage one another,
I'm linking up with the Party Bunch for Thirty Handmade Days