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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DIY Spring Wreath Ideas With Tips and How To

DIY Spring Wreath Ideas With Tips and How To

DIY Spring Wreath Ideas With Tips and How To

February 20, 2017

|Part 2 – Victorian Wreath

   “DIY Spring Wreath Ideas With Tips and How To” resumes.  

Click here ► if you missed part 1.



   After the accessories had all been duly decorated with tulle, beads, ribbons, and roses, attaching everything to the wreath began.   The stems of the flowers were attached with floral wire in a couple of places to hold them securely to the wreath.

       The ribbon for the bow was 2″ ribbon and I felt that it was perhaps a bit small.  More weight needed to be added there.   Taking two of the flower stems, I pushed the lower leaves up to the base of the flower spikes and cut the stems shorter.

   Here’s a tip.  When you are making a wreath, take pictures.  For some reason, anything that is out of place, or blank spaces, etc. seem to be magnified in pictures!  They seem to be so much more obvious.


  The first picture above has most of the items loosely pinned or lodged on the wreath to get an idea of where to put them.  You can see what I mean about the bow lacking some weight.  The picture on the right shows the bow attached a little higher and how the added weight of the spiked flowers adds the needed weight.

 (The ribbon tails will be manipulated and attached after the other items are attached.)

    Noticing that the metal hook of the hanger was so dark it wasn’t even visible, I thought spraying it with white paint would be a quick fix.  A can of white spray paint was found and I wrestled with the stupid thing and then threw it in the trash.  I think it was so old, it came out in oily drops.

    Undaunted, I pulled out the craft paint and painted the hanger white.   I painted about three coats of white acrylic paint onto it and used a piece of brown grocery bag to lightly sand between coats. (The brown grocery bag trick works great with acrylic paints.)

    Then hot gluing the elements onto the wreath began.   The little box at the bottom of the wreath was the first element to be glued.   I tried to be cognizant of where the little rosebuds would be seen on the hat, the fan, and the parasol.  I also added a couple of buds on the hanger.

     It seemed the bow needed some pink so a little open rose was tucked into the bow.  It seemed perfect!  Then, I began to add more of the pink roses around the wreath.  

    Since the little shoes didn’t have pink on them, I considered adding a little rosebud to each but decided to add an open rose right in between them.  More rosebuds were added on either side of the big blue bow and another between the box lid and the parasol.  The pink color helps your eye move around the wreath.

    Notice that ivy leaves were tucked here and there around the wreath.

    Oh, my gosh!  Isn’t this the cutest little wreath you have ever seen?  I love the bright blue with the pink rose accents!   It definitely ended up looking like a very fresh feminine spring wreath.



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DIY Spring Wreath Ideas With Tips and How To

DIY Spring Wreath Ideas With Tips and How To

DIY Spring Wreath Ideas With Tips and How To

February 18, 2017

Part 1 – Victorian Wreath

     DIY Spring Wreath Ideas With Tips and How To.  These wreath ideas are decidedly feminine and would be perfect for a little girl’s room.  What little girl wouldn’t love one?  

    Although I love Victorian decor and the opulence of that era, my preference is a Victorian look with a little restraint.


    The wreath in progress here and the wreath in the picture above were planned a few years ago!  The one with rose accents above was made and quickly sold.   The little Victorian dresses were made from a pattern, which I have been searching for in the massive pattern collection in the storage room in the basement! 

    That pattern seems to be elusive.  This week, the search has resulted in organizing patterns and sewing supplies, tossing some things, and putting the remainder in proper places, which includes some new clear bins!  (I am beginning to hate all of the opaque bins!)

     The wreath made a few years ago included dried roses and some dried tiny flowers, but I want this wreath to be more ‘Springlike’.  It needs brighter, fresher colors.  Aside from the sphagnum moss, there won’t be dried items.

    The wreath above has a little box and a heart-shaped frame, which were both handmade but I don’t think I will be making them for this wreath.  The little Mary Engelbreit box is the perfect shade of blue and it has the pink rose color in it, too.

   Often, when I am starting a wreath, it will look like the picture above.   The items being considered and the ones planned to be used will be loosely laid on the wreath until a design begins to take shape.  It’s my process.  Out of chaos, order begins to take shape!

    A wired blue ribbon was used as a base and layered under a lace covered blue ribbon.  Together, they were shaped into a bow to be used at the top of the wreath.  Ten loops were gathered in the middle and a floral wire was wrapped around the middle and secured by twisting the wire.

   Sphagnum peat moss was laid on the bottom and gently squeezed around the grapevine wreath.    A little bit of Tacky glue was used to hold it in a few places.

    In one of the bins I was searching through, I came across a silk rose candle ring.  The roses were tiny and I thought they would be perfect on this wreath.  After popping the buds off of the plastic stems, the hollow stem at the bottom of the rosebud was snipped off close to the silk sepal.  (They would not lay as flat when glued if this wasn’t done.)

    The little 1/4-inch blue ribbon was tied around the parasol handle in an overhand knot and then, tied into a bow.  Then, the ends were cut.  A tiny rosebud was glued at the bottom of the bow.

    A silk three-leaf piece was glued to the parasol and then two more of the rosebuds were glued on top of those.   The same process was used to add the leaf and bud to the crocheted fan and a ribbon was woven through the wide end.

    When you purchase a bouquet of stems like these blue flowers, the stems are usually straight.  Cut the stems at the base and manipulate them into a curve to mimic the shape of the wreath.  These were great to use because the stem had wire in it but the whole length with the little buds also was wired!

    The little hat needed to be spruced up, too.  I found some tulle in my stash and cut a small piece, which was fashioned into a cute little bow.  Of course, another little rosebud was attached to the bow.  After attaching the hat to the wreath, it will be decided how long to leave the tulle ends.

   Monday will be the big reveal of the finished wreath and the remainder of DIY Spring Wreath Ideas With Tips and How To.  See you then!  

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