Thursday, October 11, 2012

Autumn in New York - Crafts

Thursday, October 11, 2012
"Autumn in New York" is both a lovely jazz song and a beautiful time of the year in NY! One of my favorite things is jazz music. I fell in love with it in high school when I joined my school's a cappella group, and haven't stopped listening or singing since. One of these days, I'll elaborate on my love for music, especially jazz, but for now, onto AUTUMN pumpkins!



If you're like me, you've noticed all the different pumpkins on Pinterest, in blogland, and in stores. Last week, I made this musical pumpkin using mod podge and sheet music.





To continue with my paper trend, I decided to pull out a vintage medical book from the 1940's called "The Biological Actions of the Vitamins."



Using my paper cutter, I cut 4 pages into strips about 1/2 inch thick. You may not use all of the strips, depending on the fullness of your pumpkin.





Then I gathered five strips together at one end and fanned them out at the bottom. I hot glued the gathered ends together.



Once dry, I gathered the loose ends of the five strips together in an overlapping fashion and hot glued them to each other.



Then I hot glued the two ends together to form a loop of five strips. I made a total of six loops of five strips each. You may make your loops out of four or six strips each to change the fullness of your pumpkin.

Next, I gathered three of the six loops together and hot glued them in a slightly overlapping fashion to form half of the pumpkin. I repeated the same process with the other three strips.



I used my hot glue gun (you can also do this with clear tape) to connect the two pumpkin halves together in the center. Once dry, I fanned out the small strips to fill in any gaps. You can add extra strips as well if you want to eliminate some of the gaps.

Next, I coiled two extra strips around a 1.5 inch piece of twine and hot glued it to the center of the loops to form the stem. The extra strips helped to fill in the center hole.






For pumpkin project number 3, I pulled out my roll of twine and some white school glue. I covered a uniform diameter drinking glass with saran wrap. You can also use a plastic bag for covering and can use any sturdy tube of uniform diameter in place of the glass.



I squirted a couple of tablespoons of white glue into a bowl. Then I placed 3-4 feet of twine in the bowl and coated it entirely with the glue. It does not need to be dripping wet, but should be very sticky.

Next, I removed the glue-coated twine from the bowl and wrapped it around the plastic-covered glass in a spiral fashion, without any overlapping areas so that it did not stick to itself.



I let it dry completely and then unwrapped it from the glass. It did not completely hold its shape, but it was both stiff and pliable.



Next, I removed the used plastic from my tube and I began wrapping my stiff twine around the tube. (For the large one, I used  the drinking glass. For the small one, I used a sesame oil bottle). I chose to recover my glass and sesame oil bottle with another piece of saran wrap before wrapping, but this may not be necessary. (When I used the sesame oil bottle, I wanted to avoid getting oil all over my twine.)



I wrapped the stiff twine around the tube, ensuring there was no overlap, but that it was tightly wrapped. When I reached the end, I carefully slid the entire spiral off the end of the tube, holding it firm on one side so it did not unravel.

If you find it difficult to keep your stiff twine pumpkin from falling apart as you slide it off the tube, you can lay the 8 inch piece of fresh twine length-wise along your tube prior to wrapping. Holding onto this short twine and your tube with one hand, use the other hand to begin wrapping the stiff twine around the bottle in a spiral fashion as before. The goal is to wrap it around the fresh twine so that you can hold onto the ends of the fresh twine as you slide the whole spiral off the tube. This should make it easier to tie. (Demonstrated below)

I used an 8 inch piece of fresh twine to loop trough the spiral and tie it tight to form the center of the pumpkin. I wrapped and tied this fresh twine several times to make a sturdy center.



Once tied and secure, I spread out the stiff twine loops evenly around the center to form a complete pumpkin. I tucked one end of the stiff twine into the center so it was hidden and wound the other end around my finger to make a tight spiral. I positioned this spiral at the top of the pumpkin.

Finally, I hot glued a cinnamon stick to the center of the pumpkin because it smelled good, naturally. :)




That's it! Easy pumpkin project #3!




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68 comments:

  1. Very very cute! I love your pumpkins! Great job!!

    Nice visiting with you tonight.

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  2. in love with the twine/cinnamon pumpkin! thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you! I love the twine/cinnamon combo too :)

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  3. So very cute - love that little twine pumpkin!

    Visiting from It's Overflowing... Rhonda @home.made.

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda! Headed over to your blog now :)

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  4. SO cute - hop[e mine work out as well:)

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    1. I'm sure they will! The stiff twine is pretty easy to work with :)

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  5. What beautiful projects! They are so simple and sweet. Megan

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    1. Thank you, Megan! With time and space constraints, I love the simple projects!

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  6. Wonderful project, I love the use of natural texture so much! I am also your newest follower - love your style!

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    1. Thank you so much!! Glad to have you join me on my little journey :) Headed over to your blog now!

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  7. Gorgeous! We love having you at Whimsy Wednesday!
    Kelly,
    Smart! School {House}
    www.smartschoolhouse.com

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for hosting!

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  8. I love the twine pumpkin! What a simple yet beautiful project.

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    1. Thank you! It's simple and easy to do!

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  9. These pumpkins are adorable!! The twine one is my favorite :) I might have to try both of these. I'm a new follower of your blog and am excited to get to know you!

    Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

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    1. Thanks for the compliment and for following!! Glad you like the pumpkins!

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  10. Absolutely darling! Sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  11. These pumpkins are soooo cute! Love the look of the not so traditional fabric pumpkins! I would love to have you share this at my link party going on! New follower!

    http://www.pincushioncreations.com/2012/10/homemade-by-you-34.html

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    1. Thanks, Katie! I just joined your blog and linked up for the first time!

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  12. Really cute and inexpensive!! You have some great ideas.

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    1. Thanks! They are SUPER inexpensive!

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  13. Those are so cute and simple. Love your idea and looking forward to trying them.
    Cindy








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  14. Thankd for visiting my blog Sarah and for your kind encouragement! I am your newest follower.:)
    These little twine pumpkins are cute by the way!
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Bethany!! Glad you like the little pumpkins!

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  15. Coming from French country cottage I love so much your pumpkins ! I'm going to try the paper one !Thanks so much
    xoxo from PARIS where the weather is beautiful to day
    JOëlle

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    1. Thank you Joelle! Paris sounds amazing right now, as it's rainy in Albany :)

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  16. Simply amazing!!! I've pinned this precious idea! Visiting from French Country Cottage!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya! Love French Country Cottage :)

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  17. I just discovered your delightful blog and darling pumpkin through the French Country Cottage. I love your spirit and creativity!
    How lovely to make your acquaintance.
    Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

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    1. Thank you, Diane! Lovely to make your acquaintance as well! Thank you for the encouragement!

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  18. Totally cute! Featuring you today! XO, Aimee

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    1. Thank you so much, Aimee!! So honored to be featured on your amazing blog!

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  19. Your twine pumpkins are really cute! i hope to make one (or more) someday. Visiting you from the Frech Country Cottage linky.

    Shannon
    fixingforfriday.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Shannon! They are really easy to make - I'm sure yours will turn out great!

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  20. Stopped by from Uncommon and love your twine pumpkins! New follower ... can't wait to see what's next :)

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    1. Keri, thank's for stopping by! I'm glad you like the little twine pumpkins! Headed over to check out your blog now :)

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  21. thanks for sharing.

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  22. So cute! Definitely trying this one. Thanks for sharing! :)

    ~Jess @ makingoverthemartins.blogspot.com

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  23. I really love these. So glad you shared!

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  24. OK These are adorable!!! It's a pinner for our talent board!! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!

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  25. Ciao, I love your twine pumpinks, they are so cute! Hugs from Italy
    Cristina

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  26. The curly q spiral and the cinnamon stick! Adorable!!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! They're super easy and fun to make :)

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  28. Original, beauty and adorable! :) brava!

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  29. I love finding fun new uses for cinnamon sticks (gotta love the smell!). This idea is gold!

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  30. You were featured in this blog:
    http://friggle-fraggle.blogspot.com/2014/10/thirty-one-days-of-halloween-day-3.html

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