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.  

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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
Don’t
Watch
Out!

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 MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

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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Cat Costume Details – DIY Cat Costume

Cat Costume Details – DIY Cat Costume

Cat Costume Details – DIY Cat Costume –

For Girls With Attitude – Part 2

Sophia came by and tried on the cat costume dress before we added the ‘Cat Costume Details’.  It was a perfect fit, fortunately.  We did take her measurements and matched them to a size 10 and that’s what we made.

She pranced all around the house in it.  Clearly, she likes it.Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2  on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

While she was wearing it, we pinned on the boa ‘tail’.  We were thinking of adding the boa to the hemline, too.  That was too much and distracted from the tail.  We ended up deciding to sew the boa around the neckline only.  The boa placed right on the hem of the neckline, I felt, was a little too close to her face.  We decided to sew it 5/8″ from the edge of the neckline.  It was a minor adjustment but we felt it was warranted.

I bought two of these boas and because we decided against using it for the hemline, the second wasn’t necessary.  Sometimes you just need to recognize when too much is too much and let it go.  This was one of those cases.

Cat Costume Details

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The Tail

The Boa is so light that no reinforcement had to be added to the dress.  I simply hand stitched the boa  through the fabric and through the seam allowance in the middle of the back of the dress.  A few stitches through the added bulk of the seam allowance was enough to secure and support the lightweight boa.

Then, Sophia told me how she wanted the ears.  She did not want them on a headband.  She wanted them on hair clips.  She remembered Emily’s fox costume from last year and wanted them to look similar to hers.

I showed her the fabric and tried to fashion an ear shape and explained I had planned to use black panne velour for the inside of the ear.  She wanted some wispy fur, too.  (This child has a creative mind!)

Grabbing a piece of the boa, I placed it on the leopard print ear shape around the outer edge.  She said, “Yes!”

I am not sure how to affix it to where it should go!  Lol!  Working on this…

How To Make Cat Ears

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First of all, you need to cut two ear shapes from each, the leopard print fabric, the lining fabric, and the fusible fabric interfacing.  ‘I added the Pellon, or fabric interfacing, thinking it would stiffen the ears a little and keep them more upright.

 

 

 

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Stack the ear shape print fabric with the fusible webbing on top of the black facing fabric, right sides together.

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Stitch 1/4″ from the outer edges, leaving an opening at the bottom for turning.

 

 

 

Turn the ear shape right side out now.  Stitch the opening closed along the bottom edge with a needle and thread.  When I stitched the bottom edge, I took a little pleat in the middle of the black lining fabric and pinned it before sewing the edge.  It helped the panther fabric roll around the edge better.  I did not iron this.  It wasn’t necessary.

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You will also need to attach the ears to some type of hair clips or a headband.  Sophia did not want a headband.  Yes, I think it would have been easier to do that! 

I bought these hair clips and attached one to the ear.  It just was not working the way I had envisioned.  If I had made the ears smaller, it probably would have worked better.  Plan B is necessary.

What is plan B?  Why, asking my daughter, Tiffany, the hair stylist, of course!  She is sure to have an idea of what will work the best!

Update:  We asked Tiffany and she suggested we make three loops. using thread, along the bottom of the ear where hairpins could be attached.  That is what we did.  Each loop was made of multiple threads large enough for the plastic coated ends to slip through easily.  She said she could tease her hair up a little to help support them if necessary.Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2 on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 Arm Gauntlets

The arm gauntlets, on the other hand, were too small.  The size 10 was too tight to even get over her hand!  They were too tight for me but I thought her hands were smaller.  Well, they are not.  Our hands are almost the same size!  This child is not going to be height impaired like her Grammy!Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2 on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

The reason for this is simple.  The fabric we purchased was a knit but it did not have as much stretch as some knits.  If we had used a panne velour, it would not have been a problem.  If you’re making these, keep that in mind.  Use a knit with plenty of stretch.  I ended up making the size 14 pattern for these and only taking a 1/4″ seam in those.

Finishing up the ears, buying some black tights, boots, and shopping for the cat eye sunglasses will be the next step.  I’ve got to show Sophia these glasses from Amazon, which look perfect!  (We are an Amazon affiliate and may receive a small percentage of any sale at no cost to you if you purchase through this link.  Thank you for supporting this website.)Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2 on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Update:  The glasses are in and they are purr-fect!  They even came with a little fabric bag!

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We are well ahead of schedule for Sophia’s Halloween costume but Aidan’s outfit is going to be much more involved, Master Chief (Halo)…  That is a challenge!

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DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude

DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude

DIY Cat Costume For Girls!  This is going to make an adorable, fashion-forward costume for Sophia, my granddaughter!  A picture from an ad for Target in an old magazine inspired Sophia’s costume this year.  We both started brainstorming as soon as I showed it to her.DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Cat Costume Plan

Yes, she wants bracelets and we have plans to make some to match!  I think the little plain black choker necklace we made earlier will be perfect to go with this outfit!

Tiffany, who is a hair stylist, and Sophia will figure out the hairstyle and do her nails in perfect feline fashion for Halloween night!

 At first, she said she wanted to be a black panther but a golden leopard print would definitely enhance her coloring.  From my fabric stash, I retrieved some leopard print fabric leftover from an evening dress I made for Sophia’s mother when she was in high school!  As soon as she saw it, she grabbed it and started feeling the soft fabric and the black panther idea was history.  (She is a sucker for soft fabrics!)DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

A trip to the fabric stores left me a little disappointed.  I couldn’t find the same fabric, which looked richer and had more of a nap to it, but I did find a leopard print.  There was very little left on the bolt and I grabbed it while I could.  You can see a difference in the picture below.DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comDIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

McCall’s pattern M7492 seemed to be a perfect pattern for this little costume.  Sophia really liked the arm gauntlet and wants the sleeveless dress.

The dress is going to be made from the newly purchased fabric but the ears will be made from the fabric scrap we already had.  It’s a little more plush and Sophia wants to use it.  What do you think?  Black velvet for the inside of the ears?

We also bought a couple of boas for the tail and maybe we will sew some around the neckline and along the hemline. (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sales through these links at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website.) 

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At first I had planned to buy black boas but Sophia and I spotted these with brown coloring online and thought they would be perfect and yes they are!

 

Only 3 pattern pieces are needed for the little dress and 1 pattern piece for the arm gauntlet.  It took no time to lay out the fabric and cut out the pattern.  There are no facings.  The arm hole and neckline edges are folded back and stitched.  How easy is that?   

It would be easy to substitute a different simple A-line dress pattern to create a similar look.

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This little dress went together quickly in one afternoon!  The pattern calls for a knit fabric, and with that extra stretch,making the narrow hem was easy on the neckline, the armholes, and the bottom of the skirt.  The arm gauntlets were really easy to make, too.DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Now, I’m waiting for Sophia to drop by, try on the dress to make sure it fits, and decide whether to add the boa around the neckline and around the hem. DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude update coming Monday…

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How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies

How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies

How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies? Candy Corn JELL-O Mini Desserts on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com The ‘Candy Corn Jell-O Mini Desserts’, which I made a couple of weeks ago, gave me an idea for a Halloween Monster Cookie.  I remembered pinning a cookie resembling a pumpkin with candy corn teeth, which Pillsbury had created.

I was pretty sure that there were some pumpkin cookie cutters in the pantry and after a search, I found some.  Yes,  Wilton has a set of  Halloween pumpkin cookie cutters and we just happen to have a set!  (We are an affiliate of Amazon and will receive a small percentage of any sale from this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website.)

Many years ago, I tried a recipe for Old Fashioned Butter Cookies from Land O’ Lakes.  The recipe creates a rich buttery dough that needs to be refrigerated for a couple of hours, then, rolled out, cut, and decorated.  This has been one of my ‘go to‘ recipes for cookies.  A neighbor tried one of those first cookies and in surprise commented that it tasted like one from the bakery.

Anyway, here is that simple recipe:

Old Fashioned Butter Cookies

  • 1 cup Land O’ Lakes butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tblsp. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

 

In a 3-quart mixer bowl, combine butter, sugar, and egg.  Beat on medium sped until light and fluffy.How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 Reduce speed to low.  Stir in flour,baking powder, orange juice, and vanilla until smooth and well combined.  (1 to 2 minutes)

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Chill 2 – 3 hours or until firm enough to be rolled.

Tip – Divide the dough in half.  Place 1/2 of dough on a piece of wax paper.  Fold one end of the wax paper over the dough and flatten into a disk.  Fold the two side edges in and remaining end over the two folded side edges, encasing the dough in wax paper.  Refrigerate the disk for 2 – 3 hours.  The dough is much easier to roll out this way.How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

Preheat oven: 400°.

*Roll out dough, 1/2 at a time, on well-floured surface to 1/8″ – 1/4″ thickness.  Cut out with cookie cutters.  (I used the 3″ cookie cutter.  The cookies spread out to make a 3-1/2″ cookie after baking.)

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Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake near center of 400° oven for 6 to 10 minutes or until golden brown on edges.  Cool on wire rack.  Decorate with icing below.

 

* Tip – When you retrieve the disk of cookie dough from the fridge, open the wax paper, sprinkle a little flour on the top of the dough, and sandwich with another sheet of wax paper.  Roll out a little and flip the whole thing over, remove the wax paper on top, and sprinkle some flour over that side.  Use your hand to distribute it over the disk.  Continue rolling out and adding flour to keep it from sticking to the paper.  It keeps clean up to a minimum and you can easily slip it back into the fridge to firm up before cutting.

Icing Recipe

To Decorate Monster Cookies

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tblsp. milk
  • 2 Tblsp. light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. orange extract
  • food coloring
Stir the powdered sugar and milk together until smooth.  This will be thick. How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
Beat the corn syrup and orange extract into the icing until it is smooth and shiny. How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
Divide the icing into small bowls and add the desired food colors to each.How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 At this point,  it should be the right consistency for spreading and drizzling perfectly smooth icing. I used both gel food coloring and regular food coloring.  They both worked equally well for color.

I started out with the black icing to make mouths on each of the cookies.  How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comAs you can see in the picture, paint brushes, which you can find in the bakery section, can be used to smooth out and fill in the icing.

Then, the green stem was added.

By the time I finished those the first cookies were relatively dry.  The orange color was added all round the mouth and under the stem.  By the time I finished the orange icing on all of the cookies, the white around the eyes was added without any issue of the white sinking or bleeding into the orange.

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These little Candy Eyeballs by Wilton were placed on top of white icing layered on the orange icing to act as glue and exaggerate the eyes.  How cute are these?  The white icing was also applied on top of the mouth to ‘glue’ the candy corn pieces in place.  (We are an affiliate of Amazon and will receive a small percentage of any sales purchased through this link, at no cost to  you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

You can see in the pictures, I deliberately chose one with a larger black dot in the center and one with a smaller dot in the center to make each cookie look a little goofier.

Orange flavoring was added to the icing to echo the orange flavor in the cookies, however, you could easily change the flavoring to suit your taste.

Depending on how big your cookies are and how much area you are covering, you might need more or less icing.  You can half the recipe easily if you think you will need less.

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How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies?  It’s really pretty simple with this easy to make recipe for cookies and icing!

 

 

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