The 'Sweater-Look' Pumpkin
If you're like me, I'm sure you've seen the pumpkins created from old sweaters or braided yarn. They're beautiful and I really wanted to make one. The problem? I don't have an old sweater that I want to cut up and as much as I threaten to relearn to knit/crochet, I haven't done that yet. Therefore, I have no yarn. So, what's a gal to do? Head to the dollar store for a mop!
Yes, it's made from a dollar store mop. I'm sure you remember the other one I bought to make the Five Little Ghosties Garland.
Before starting this project, let me welcome you to the Creative Craft Hop hosted by Sara from Birdz of a Feather. If you're visiting from Terrie - Decorate & More With Tip, welcome to the Cottage. At the bottom of this post I'll direct you to the next stop on this hop, but be sure to visit all of the other stops too for some amazing inspiration. They will all be listed.
Now let's get started. After releasing all of the strands from the mophead, I used a binder clip to hold three of them in place...
...and proceeded to make a braid.
I made about a dozen braids.
Then I cut them all in half and glued the ends to keep them from unraveling.
They were ready to be attached to the dollar store styrofoam pumpkin.
Each braid was attached with a bead of hot glue.
Time to choose a stem!
Yes, I cut them from the pumpkins, let them air dry and save them. I've even been known to ask neighbors for their pumpkin stems. If they know you, they'll understand!
But, I digress...glue that stem to the top of your styrofoam pumpkin.
Add a few colorful leaves...
...and you have a new pumpkin to use in your decorating. The best part about this pumpkin is it will take you all the way to Thanksgiving!
Next on the hop is Donna - Modern on Monticello. Once you've stopped by to see her, be sure to visit all of the others for more inspiration! Here's the list:
Repurposed Copper Birdcage Lanterns
DIY Sparkling Beads and Pearls Pumpkin
How to Stencil a Grateful Thanksgiving Sign
Dollar Tree Halloween Candelabra Tutorial
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I have plenty of yarn I can send your say Ann lol! But I seriously love the look of this and think it's a brilliant workaround (afterall, you're going to need that sweater when the colder weather hits). Welcome to the Creative Craft Hop :).ReplyDelete
Thanks, Sara! I learned to crochet when I was a girl in 4-H but haven't touched it since - maybe this winter...I'm happy to be part of this hop, thanks for organizing it.Delete
Ann this looks so pretty and with your tutorial it is easy to make. Thanks for sharing Ann. Happy Fall.ReplyDelete
It is easy to make, Terrie. Happy Fall to you too!Delete
How creative and unique to use a dollar store mop to plait for your adorable pumpkin, Ann! I love it! So glad you joined us!ReplyDelete
It was one of those 'ah-ha' moments, Gail. Thanks, I'm happy to be part of this hop!Delete
Wow! I can't believe that cute pumpkin is made from a mop! What a clever idea! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store AddictionReplyDelete
This is my second project with a mop, Cecilia. I'm thinking of some new ideas for future projects - stay tuned!Delete
Very cute! How clever to use a mop head and braid the strands together, and note to self, save pumpkin stems! The leaves garnishing the top, adorable!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much. I think real pumpkin stems are the key - natural or painted!Delete
Besides the fact that this little guy is super cute, I love that I wouldn't have to crochet it! Braiding is easier for me.ReplyDelete
Soooo much easier, Rachelle! lolDelete
Ann, this is brilliant. I did make a yarn pumpkin earlier this month, but I really love the look of the braid. Would never have known it was made from a mop. Now, I want to know what you are going to make with the mop handle! Great project.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Carol. I did have plans for the handle, but with packing, moving, and unpacking, it just didn't happen. No worries though, it's still leaning against the wall in my craft room - taunting me! lolDelete
What a great idea! I have acquired t-shirts, old sweaters, etc, but never use them. But a braided mop! THAT I will do - when I find the glue gun! I need to make a trip to the DT anyway. Lucikly, the pumpkins are already in my stash, because they're probably sold out by now!ReplyDelete
I'm so glad I've inspired you! Those pumpkins do go fast - now find that glue gun!Delete
Oh my goodness, SO CUTE!ReplyDelete
What a great idea and such a pretty pumpkin! I especially love that you used dollar store finds to make it so it's budget-friendly too.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Marie. I love being able to create things inexpensively.Delete
So easy!! I love it - Thanks for sharing the My Big Fat Menopausal Life's Share the Wealth Party - Have a fabulous weekend!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much!Delete
Oh, so clever!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Michele!Delete
I just adore your creativity!! I shared this one with my readers, it was too clever to keep to myself!!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Kim. I hope your readers like it!Delete
What a clever idea, I first saw this and thought no-way am I going to be able to make this but I reckon I can! Great step-by-step instructions. #HandmadeMondayReplyDelete
You sure can, Rebecca. This is so much easier than knitting - have fun with it!Delete
I really like this project! I have yet to ever learn how to crochet or knit either but do love the look of the sweater pumpkins too. Thanks for sharing a great idea on the hop this month. So glad I joined along as well.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Donna. I might give crocheting another shot this Winter. In the meantime, I've got a 'work-around' for projects! lolDelete
I would never have though of using a mop! What a genius idea.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Joanne. I just got a little 'out of the box' for this project!Delete
Brilliant idea. At first I thought it was crocheted.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much! This is much easier than crochet.Delete
Oh this is darling!! What a cute look. #trafficjamweekendReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Tracy!Delete
Oh this is just too fun!ReplyDelete
What a clever idea, Ann!ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh I thought I'd seen it all (all the ways to decorate a pumpkin) but I've never seen this! Kudos for a job well done, love it. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Pinned! xo KathleenReplyDelete
Thank you, Kathleen....you know how I like to get 'out of the box'!Delete
Positively BRILLIANT! Never would have guessed. Featuring when my party opens up tonight!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Carol!Delete
I love this! I work at a library and do adult programming. Always looking for great craft idea's.ReplyDelete
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you so much! This was a lot of fun to make.Delete