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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Designer Envelopes – Easy DIY

Designer Envelopes – Easy DIY

These Designer Envelopes are an Easy DIY!  I seriously cannot believe how quick and easy it is to make envelopes with this little gizmo!  Have you seen this little envelope punch board in the craft stores?  Well, I had not and when I saw it, I had to buy it!   (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sales through this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

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Don’t you just love tiny envelopes?  They can hold so many things, little notes for the kid’s lunch boxes, coins, a lock of hair for a memory book, a homemade Valentine, or some seeds for someone special.  

My idea is to make tiny envelopes for our ‘Christmas Game’.   ◄(Scroll down on this page to see some of the cards I’ve made in past years.)  Each year, I buy a bunch of items and make cheesy little gift cards to go with the gifts.  This year, I think the cards will be attached to the top of the gift and the family can read the cards out loud before opening the gifts.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Have you ever messed up the envelope for a birthday card, anniversary card, or whatever and had no backup replacement?  This is the solution!  The chart on the front gives the measurements for an envelope for up to a 6″ x 8-1/2″ card!  The smallest is for a 2″ x 3-1/2″ card!

Not only does the punch board make one size of envelope, it makes lots of sizes!  Emily and I had so much fun making her ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gifts and Boxes‘ using a similar punch board for the boxes.  They turned out so cute!Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

The envelope punch creates fold tabs on one side and on the other side of the punch, it rounds the corners.  On the front of the punch board is a chart where you can match the card size you have, the size of paper you need, and the 1st scoring line measurement , where you need to align your paper.  Having it right there on the face of the board is brilliant!  No need to search for paper instructions!  Not that I have ever had to do that!

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After choosing what size envelope you need, you simply cut paper the size indicated on the chart.  You will want to do this neatly and an X-Acto Mat, an X-Acto knife, and a metal straight edge will help keep everything straight and precise.   (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sales through this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

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Next, you need to line the paper up with the corresponding score line and press the punch down.

 

 

 

 

 

The next step is scoring the line using the scoring tool.  

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Rotate the paper 90° clockwise.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Line up the score guide with the line you just scored.  Press down on the punch to make the fold tab and using the scoring tool, score along the score line. 

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  Continue turning the paper 90° clockwise and repeating these steps until all four sides have been punched and scored.  Your paper should look like this.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Place one of the corners in the “Reverse Punch” located on the top side of the punch board.  Press punch to create a rounded corner.  Repeat for remaining three corners.

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Fold on the scored lines and using the scoring tool, slide the blade along the folded edge to make nice sharp folds.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Dab a small amount of Tacky Glue along the underside of the bottom flap edges and fold over the two side flaps.  Tacky Glue is thicker than regular school glue and holds more quickly.  You only need a thin line along the edge, allowing a little room for spreading when folded and pressed together. Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com Isn’t this great?  It looks perfect and this is the first envelope I made with this little jewel!

No more boring envelopes!  Now we can make Designer Envelopes for every occasion and every season!  Designer Envelopes – Easy DIY!Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

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Papier-mâché Pumpkins and How To Paint

Papier-mâché Pumpkins and How To Paint

Part 3 – Papier-mâché Pumpkins  and How To Paint

It took longer than I thought to get to the actual point of painting these pumpkins.  That could be because this is my first experience with this process.   Since the papier-mâché kept shrinking when it dried, I kept feeling like more was needed to actually see the features.  The beauty of this medium is that wet clay can be applied right on top of the dry clay.  You can see how I continued to build up the details in the picture below.

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Supplies

The first thing you need to do is paint the entire pumpkin, inside and out, with a flat black outdoor paint.  You can see I bought a can of Valspar Black 60074 – Flat paint.  Use a can of paint and a paintbrush for this, not a spray can.  The latex paint cleans up easily with soap and water and it also dries quickly.  This will help seal the paper base and create a nice background for the color washes.  

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Although, there is a plastic bin full of acrylic paint, there was no orange.  I had to buy two bottles of orange paint.   One is a pumpkin orange and the other is a darker orange.  Another bottle of yellow paint was used to lighten the pumpkin color a bit.  Varying shades of green, tan, and burnt umber were used on the stem.

The Painting Process

 

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Scott and Jay each had different techniques for painting their pumpkins.  My technique is a combination of these two.  I like the black showing through the oranges of the pumpkin like Scott does and I like the layering of the color washes that Jay used on his.  The dark recedes and the light comes forward.  Use this to call attention to and highlight certain features.

 

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Next, white latex primer was lightly dry brushed over the black painted surface.  This accents some of the texture and the raised areas.Papier-mâché Pumpkins and How To Paint on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

Then, layers of washes of orange paint were applied.  Everyone has their own technique, I guess.  After messing around with it for a while, I tried applying the darker orange wash onto the pumpkin ridges.  Then, with a 2″ dry brush, I feathered that out and down into the valleys.

That was allowed to dry and a coat of the dark orange paint mixed with a little bit of the lighter orange paint was applied in the same way.  The lighter coat  was applied leaving an edge of the darker coat beneath it to show.  Then, the 2″ dry brush was again used to soften and feather out the paint.

Again, the paint wash was allowed to dry.  More of the lighter paint was added to the darker paint and another wash was painted on using the same process.  This was repeated again, and ultimately, the lighter paint was painted on in a wash the same way.

Yellow paint was then added to the light orange in a progression of washes, just like before.

 

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Personally, I like some of the black showing through.   the texture of the papier-mâché is interesting.   The little fella seems a lot more ominous with all that black.

My intention was to paint the inside a yellow-orange and use a battery-powered candle inside but I like the black showing!   As I looked at him across the room, he looked so perfectly creepy just like that.  His eyes, nose, and mouth are very distinct, and yet, the details of his face are very apparent.

 

Orange paint continued to be layered on top of layers of orange paint, from dark to light.   Then, it dawned on me that if I planned to leave the inside black,  the black would really make ‘a lighter orange color around the facial features’ pop against the darkness.  At that point, more paint was layered around the eyes, the nose, and especially, the mouth.   This area was painted with more pigment and less water.  You can see the difference in the picture above and the picture below.

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The stem was painted a light tan color, brown, and black in striations along the ridges that were made with the clay.  Then, 3 shades of green and some black were mixed and added.   A few  thin strokes of orange were added along the ridges and then feathered out with the 2″ dry brush, leaving just a hint of the orange color.

 

Papier-mâché Pumpkins

In case you missed it, directions for making the Papier-mâché

 pumpkin ◄ can be found here.  Click here ► for  Part 2 .

The question of whether to paint the inside lighter or leave the black was posed to ‘MyHumbleHomeandGarden’s Facebook page’ followers◄ You can weigh in with your opinion, too,  leave a comment below, or just see what everyone said!

These are whimsical, and maybe a little creepy, so there is no right or wrong way to do these!  Let yourself go and enjoy the process!  I love the end result and there are more of these crazy pumpkins in my future.  (I also have some ideas of how to use this clay for Christmas ideas!)

 Has this inspired you to create your own Papier-mâché Pumpkins?

 

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