How To Make A Pumpkin Wreath – Part 2 – Arms, Hands, and Shoulders

How To Make A Pumpkin Wreath – Part 2 – Arms, Hands, and Shoulders


Part 2 – The Arms, Hands, and Shoulders

So, I decided to use the cable for the ‘skeleton’, the arms, hands,and shoulders, for this figure.  It’s pliable to begin with, and by the time all of the paper is glued to it, it will be stiffened.  (If he were going to be standing, a more stable frame would probably be necessary.) In  the picture below, you can already see how the arm on the left is becoming more rigid.   The newspaper page I used on the arms is a little heavier than your run of the mill newspaper.

I cut a cable long enough to allow for shoulders and the two arms.  Although I was planning to use PVC pipe for the shoulders, I had a heavy cardboard tube from a package of aluminum foil and decided to use it.   You can see the cable is  crimped up on each side of the tube, which helps hold the tube in place.  I also flattened the cardboard tube in the middle so the pumpkin head could sit on top of it.  (That would have been a lot harder to do with a PVC pipe.)


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You can see how the ends of the cable coating were sliced, splayed, and the wire ends exposed.

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Then, the ends were spread around the ‘arm’ above the wrist and hand and using masking tape, secured the cable to the wrist and hands.

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My plan was to have the hands positioned like they were pulling the figure up and out of the frame on the bottom of the frame.  Trying to think how I would pull myself out of a frame, I moved his right hand to the bottom and then the left hand to the top corner of the frame.  Then, I saw a picture where the figure was offering one hand, beckoning you to come with him.  Ohhh!  That was perfect!  Now, he will look like he is reaching down and offering a hand to pull you into the frame!

So, I placed the shoulders and arms into the frame.  The piece fits perfectly against the sides of the inner frame walls.  Using eye screws, I can secure the arms to the sides of the frame.

The pumpkin head laid on top of the flattened cardboard tube looked great.  The head will be attached with fishing line or metal wire.  Two little holes drilled into the back will allow the wire to go through one and out the other and attached to eye screws in the frame.  To spread out the load on the wire or line, the wire will be run through an old marker tube.  Then, there will be less stress on the two points where the wire or line touch the pumpkin head.

The space below seemed to need something.  I picked up the sign from the skeleton wreath and placed it there.  Yes, I think a sign there would be perfect.  Now, I need to come up with the perfect words…  Any ideas?

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In the meantime, the arms, hands, and shoulders will be receiving more Papier mâché and, ultimately, paper clay.  

Click here to see ►Part 1 of How To Make A Pumpkin Wreath No One Will Forget.


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How To Make A Pumpkin Wreath No One Will Forget

How To Make A Pumpkin Wreath No One Will Forget

This is not your typical Halloween ‘Pumpkin Wreath’!  Remember the Skeleton Wreath I made a couple of years ago?  How To Make A Pumpkin Wreath No One Will Forget on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comWell, I decided to update the decoration, disassemble the skeleton wreath, and the idea of a pumpkin wreath began to take shape in my mind using the black frame again.

James Whitcomb Riley, the Indiana Poet,  and his Little Orphant Annie poem was my inspiration.  My mother read this to us when my siblings and I were little, and believe it, or not, I memorized it.  It is probably my favorite poem of all time, especially the part about the little boy who wouldn’t say his prayers.

No, I didn’t want a sweet little pumpkin wreath.  From Riley’s poem:

An’ the Gobble-uns’ll git you
Ef you

The vision I had was a creepy pumpkin crawling out of the frame.  That is why I have been making Papier mâché pumpkins.  They were the practice leading up to this ‘Pumpkin Wreath’.  (You can find the instructions for the Papier mâché pumpkins by clicking on the link.)

After making these pumpkins, I can tell  you it is a fun process and I am afraid this Papier mâché has become an obsession…an addiction…  I love it!  There will be more Papier mâché creations!  

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Well, here are some of the elements to begin this wreath.  The pumpkin head has a first layer of paper clay in this picture.  The pumpkin also has a flat back because of the plan to place him in the picture frame.  I also made the hole in the back instead of the bottom.  Hopefully, that was a good decision.

This creepy cloth was found at the craft store.  Wanting some type of pliable wire to create a skeleton for the hands, I asked Dave if we had any coaxial cable (We are an Amazon affiliate and may receive a small percentage of any sales from this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

It took no time for him to bring this to me.  He even offered to strip the cable, which would have left me with three individual wires but why not use the whole thing?

First, using my hand as a guide and adding length to it for a bigger hand, I cut the cable for the thumb and each of the fingers.How To Make A Pumpkin Wreath No One Will Forget on



Then, I cut a double of each of those lengths.  The small finger ended up being 11″, the ring finger  11 -1/2″, the middle finger 13 – 1/4″,  the forefinger 11 – 3/4″, and the thumb – 10″.  These measurements are not critical!  This is a monster!  Use your imagination and create your own!

Lay the cable out with the thumb on one side, the forefinger length next to it, the middle finger, the ring finger, and lastly the little finger section.                                                                  

Gather the cable up, adjust the cable, trying to keep the fingers in the correct position, and wrap masking tape around the “wrist”.  Begin spreading the cable out to resemble the hand.  I kept referring to my own hand to judge where the hand needed to flare and where the thumb would need to be.

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You might have seen where other people have used old marker tubes to create the segments of the fingers, which was my original plan, but this cable was thick enough that I didn’t feel like I needed that after all.  I kind of like it being long and skinny.



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You can see where the thumb was positioned out and away from the forefinger piece and masking tape was wrapped around it.  It is beginning to look like a hand isn’t it? 

The next step was to wrap the entire hand piece with the masking tape.   The tape was used to create the palm and back of the hand.  Small pieces of tape were torn and placed over the ends of the fingers and then each of the fingers was wrapped.  Paper strips and clay will add more detail to the hands.

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These hands will look like they are pulling the pumpkin figure up and out of the black frame.  At least that is the plan!   You can see I’ve already begun to shape the hands in appropriate positions.  Even though they are easily manipulated right now, after the Papier mâché clay is applied, they won’t be as pliable.

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Figuring out the arms and shoulders and adding the Papier mâché will be the next steps.  Part 2 of “How To Make A Pumpkin Wreath No One Will Forget” will be shared later this week.

Has this inspired you to create your own pumpkin wreath?








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Burlap 4th of July Wreath – DIY

Burlap 4th of July Wreath – DIY

Burlap 4th of July Wreath – DIY!  It seems that they are all over the place but scanning through pins on Pinterest, I found an idea for a burlap wreath which was very clever.   On Hometalk, Trace Stagg of Sea Trace Creations made a burlap wreath for four seasons using removable decorations.  Using her idea for the wreath base and burlap, I’ve created a patriotic 4th of July wreath!

The wreath form is made from a pool noodle.  You know those cheap ones from the dollar store?  Burlap is needed to cover the noodle.   You’ve seen the ones where people tie the burlap or fabric around them but this one had a twist.  Trace made a sleeve of the burlap and slipped it around the pool noodle!  This takes less than a yard of burlap.  The edges were left to fray.  I love this!

How To Make The Burlap Wreath Base

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  • pool noodle
  • scissors
  • burlap
  • wire for a hanger
  • stick from the yard
  • Duck tape
  • hot glue


First, cut the noodle diagonally on one end.  I used a serrated knife.  Pull the other end up and mark where to cut to match the diagonal of the first cut.  Cut the second end.

Find a stick about the size of the hole through the pool noodle.  The stick we used was about 5″ long.  This will be used to connect the two ends.Burlap 4th of July Wreath - DIY on

Lay the burlap out and wrap around the pool noodle to decide how wide the burlap needs to be cut to cover the noodle and be sure to allow extra fabric for overhang.  If you want 1-inch overhang, add 2-inches, one for each side.   The ones cut for this project were cut 8-1/4″ wide.  You need to measure the one you have.  There are different sizes of the pool noodles.  Remember you will have to slide the noodle through the sleeve.  You don’t want it too tight so it will be easy to do this. Burlap 4th of July Wreath - DIY on

Mark the fabric and cut 2  lengths of the fabric from the selvage edges to the fold.  You can cut additional lengths depending on how gathered you want your wreath to be. (This wreath has 2 lengths sewn together, end to end.) 




The burlap lengths can be glued together like Trace did or they can be stitched by hand or machine.  I decided to stitch these end to end with a sewing machine using a basting stitch.Burlap 4th of July Wreath - DIY on

Next, I stitched each loose seam allowance to the burlap so they would lay flat.Burlap 4th of July Wreath - DIY on

Then, with the seam allowances to the inside, the burlap was folded in half, long edges together.  Using straight pins, the long sides were pinned together, marking where the seam should be sewn.  (I used the pins as a guide for the seam.)

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After stitching the entire length and creating a sleeve, the pool noodle was slipped into the sleeve, gathering as it was pulled onto the noodle.  I used the seam as a guide to keep each side even.  The seam was lined up with the middle of the noodle.  I didn’t measure.  The noodle was just pulled together to make the circle and the middle of the bottom edge was marked with a straight pin.Burlap 4th of July Wreath - DIY on

Both ends of the sleeve were rolled back to reveal the ends of the pool noodle to be glued.  Hot glue was applied to one-half of the stick and inserted into the hole of one end of the pool noodle.  More hot glue was applied to the remainder of the stick and the cut surface of the pool noodle on both ends.  The ends were brought together firmly and held for a minute.

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Using Duck tape or duct tape, the seam was wrapped and secured where the two ends come together.   Roll the ends back over the tape and bring together to completely cover the tape.  A wire wreath hanger can be fashioned from florist wire.  Additional threads can be removed from the outside edges and frayed more if desired.

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At this point, the wreath base is complete.  Burlap 4th of July Wreath - DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comIsn’t this so clever?

From here, the sky is the limit.  Add flowers, flags, ribbons, bows, and whatever speaks to you.  Trace made her decorations removable so she could change it for each of the seasons.





   As you can see in the picture, I added a flag, a red burlap bow, some silk hydrangea, and some silk leaves.  Believe it or not, this wreath was made with items and fabric I already had except for the ribbon.  That was purchased for 50% off at the fabric store!Burlap 4th of July Wreath - DIY on

Can you believe how simple this Burlap 4th of July Wreath – DIY really is?Burlap 4th of July Wreath - DIY on

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Need a Beautiful and Easy DIY Autumnal Wreath?

Need a Beautiful and Easy DIY Autumnal Wreath?


September 4, 2016

Autumnal Wreath

    Need a Beautiful and Easy DIY Autumnal Wreath?  Well, you are in luck!   Don’t you think so many of the wreaths decorated asymmetrically look a little more professionally done?  Maybe a little more artistic and designer?

   Well, my mother lives in an apartment at a complex for seniors.  She was in need of a wreath.  Yesterday, as I was waiting for my daughter to show up for a dress fitting, (altering one for another wedding,) I put together this wreath for her.

   Believe it or not, it only took one bush of flowers, one stem of leaves, and one stem of hickory nuts and tiny pine cones.   You can see below.

    The first thing to do is separate the individual flowers.  That will make it easier to place them on the wreath to get an idea of where you want them.

   The leaf stem was a nice large size and it was cut into three pieces.  when working with the leaves, obviously, you don’t want the backs of the leaves facing forward.  At the base of the leaf, where the leaf stem connects to the main stem, turn the leaf around to face the way you want it.    You are the master here!


        Place the leaf sprays on the wreath and play with it, until you find a pleasing arrangement.   As you can see in the picture, I removed one of the leaves from the stem and used it to elongate the spray at the bottom.


   The leaf I removed looked like this, kind of crumpled and not very pretty.  It wouldn’t be much of a background for the flowers.   I ran it under the faucet with the water on low for just a couple of seconds and manipulated and flattened it.

   (A word of caution here, don’t completely saturate it.  The dyes will bleed.  A little won’t hurt, but you don’t want a major loss of dye.  The silk leaves are also very delicate when wet, handle them gently!) 

   Then, I laid a folded dish towel on top of it and allowed it to dry flat.

   What a difference, huh?

   One thing that drives me crazy is to see an arrangement where the human hand has not touched and manipulated silk flowers and stems to make them look more natural.  You know you have seen those, too!  They look like someone took them right out of the store and stuck them in a vase or on a wreath, stiff and unnatural!


    These mums had such big flower heads, I cut the stems to about four or

five inches.  Regardless of the flower,  you want the stems long enough to weave into the wreath a little to give more places to secure with the hot glue.  

   The stems being a little longer also gives you the option to bend the wire stem and turn the blossoms to the side or the front.

    The bush of mums included red blooms, too.  Those really didn’t show up so well with the leaves, so they were not used.  Remember to always use an odd number of flower blooms.  An odd number almost always looks more pleasing to the eye. One of the yellow blooms was not used either. 

   This brings up another point.  Just because you have forty-five blooms, does not mean you have to use forty-five blooms.  Truly, sometimes less is more!  Have you seen the wreaths where someone just did not know when to stop?

   Allowing room for a bow on the bottom left, the blossoms were placed on top of the leaves, arranged and rearranged, until perfect.   A burlap bow with these Autumn flowers just seemed right.  The rich colors of Fall in combination with the rustic texture of the burlap is classic.


   At this point, the nut stem was cut into three pieces, too.  They were placed on the wreath and the overall look was pretty good.   

   Those were removed.  The bow was removed, and trying not to move the flowers too much, I began to glue the leaves in strategic places.  Always try to keep the glue in a spot where it will not be seen. 

   After the leaves were attached with the glue, the flowers were glued in place one- by-one.  Then, the bow was attached. 

   This ribbon was leftover from another project.  It’s a simple bow.  Two loops were made on each side, gathered in the middle and secured with a wire.  Then a small piece of the ribbon was folded into the center on both sides and glued to the back of the bow, covering the wire.

   After all the flowers, leaves, and the ribbon were attached with the hot glue, the nut stems were glued in place.   

   I have to admit, I was pretty pleased with the finished wreath.  My mother was home and a short while later, found that she was very pleased with it, too.  She was the first one in her hall to have an Autumn wreath! 

   Hope this inspires you!  Now, you know how simple it is, do you Need a Beautiful and Easy DIY Autumnal Wreath?

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How To Make Your Own Lovely Golden Thumbtack Wreath

How To Make Your Own Lovely Golden Thumbtack Wreath

August 8, 2016

Golden Thumbtack Wreath

   A beautiful little golden thumbtack wreath was featured on Pinterest and it called my name.  It had an understated elegance to it.   I could just imagine this golden wreath hanging in my home.  This post will give you tips on How To Make Your Own Lovely Golden Thumbtack Wreath!

   Although it did look rather elegant, it was made up of humble thumbtacks!  How easy would that be?  From a project a few years ago, I had three boxes of 300 thumbtacks leftover.  Unfortunately, the thumbtacks did not hold well enough for that project, and I ended up having to buy thumbtacks with a little bit of a thread to them.  

   So, I had 900 thumbtacks leftover.  I was thinking that I could use up those thumbtacks that had been sitting in the cabinet for several years!  900 thumbtacks would go pretty far in covering a wreath, or so I thought!   I ran out to the fabric store to purchase a wreath form.  

   The fabric store had green high-density Styrofoam wreaths, which worked nicely.  Not wanting to take the chance of the green wreath showing through, I spray painted it gold first.


  Applying The Thumbtacks

     As I started applying the thumbtacks to the wreath, it was increasingly apparent that 900 thumbtacks might not be enough.  Going back to the pin on Pinterest, I went to the blog, found Shannon’s post, and read the instructions. (Seriously!  Who couldn’t stick thumbtacks in Styrofoam without instructions?)

    Well, she had used a 6-inch wreath form!   I purchased a 12-inch wreath form!  At the time that I snapped this picture, there were 1800 thumbtacks pushed into the form!  I pushed the original three boxes of thumbtacks into the center of the wreath because I couldn’t find an exact match of thumbtacks.  The ones I purchased were a little larger and the gold was slightly off, too.  After applying them, it was not really apparent, but I didn’t want to take a chance. 

   No, I couldn’t even find any boxes of 300 thumbtacks. (I bought the packs of 300 thumbtacks about five years ago at a local pharmacy.)  The office supply store only had silver thumbtacks.  Although a silver wreath would be pretty, too, remember I was trying to be frugal and use my leftovers!   

   Kroger, the local grocery, had packs of 100 gold thumbtacks for $1.49 and that is where I ended up buying them.  You might be able to find them cheaper online.

    The end result is beautiful, but approximately 2500 thumbtacks went into this little project.   It is solid and heavier than you might imagine.  

    Fortunately, I had some rusty colored wired ribbon left over from Christmas a few years ago, which complemented the wreath, and added to the autumnal feeling.  My frugality was not lost completely. 

    The perfect spot for it seemed to be hanging in front of the black jacquard Roman shade covering a window in our home.  It looks pretty rich there, don’t you think?

    Maybe you have the perfect spot for a little gold or silver wreath like this, or maybe the smaller version.  Anyway, now you know How To Make Your Own Lovely Golden Thumbtack Wreath.

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