DIY pumpkins made from sweaters
DIY, Fabric

DIY Fall Decor Pumpkins from Old Sweaters: Hello Gourd-geous!

I love decorating for fall and halloween, so it’s hard to keep myself from putting skeletons and jack-o-lanterns around the house before September. “But Laura! It’s still SUMMER!” I know, but we have so little time to enjoy the transistion from hot and humid to cold and dark.

So clearly I needed updated fall decor…that I could leave up beyond October 31st. Pumpkins are classic, and sweater material can make a room look and feel more cozy.

 


With just a needle, this is easy enough for my “non-crafty” friends, too!

Quick Steps for this Fall Decor:

  1. Raid your closet or take a quick trip to Goodwill. Any sweater (or thick tank top) will work.
an old tank top
I somehow got a hole in it, so it was downgraded to a sleep shirt. Now it’ll be a pumpkin!

2. Cut the bottom off (below any holes, ha ha!) with scissors. This will leave you with a “tube” as the original seams are closed on the sides, and it opens on the bottom and where you cut it (the top). It doesn’t need to be perfect, but attempt a straight line.

 

3. Turn your sweater tube inside-out. With 12″ of any color thread, knot the end and purse stitch about 1″ from the bottom with a thick needle. Mine happens to have a thick hem, so I’ll follow that to make it easier to keep it even. The thread won’t show as it’ll be on the inside of the goard, so don’t worry about matching colors. When you get all the way around, cinch the fabric together, and wrap your thread around the bunch tightly. Knot your thread to secure.

 

4. Flip your bag rightside-out, and fill with stuffing. I use Poly-fil or this recycled (and cheaper!) alternative, but you could also use the stuffing from an old pillow or stuffed animals that are no longer played with. Tip: You can toss the extra sweater pieces inside the pumpkin ball to save a bit of stuffing and ensure your pillow is soft yet sturdy.

5. Do the same purse stitch to close and cinch the top of the stuffed ball. Tie it around the stem and secure it with a knot.

 

6. Cut 3 pieces of contrasting yarn. Wrap each tight around the stuffed ball and knot it at the top. This will give you the six sections of a pumpkin.

 

7. I used felt for the pumpkin “stem” and leaves so my decor could double as a pillow, but you could alternately grab a stick from your backyard and fake leaves from unused fake flowers and hot glue that into the center.

 

8. Hot glue the stem inside the cinched top and the leaves on the top of the pumpkin surrounding the stem.

 

And the pumpkin is done! It was easy, right? After making the first one, I thought about other pumpkins I wanted to make! My home might turn into a pumpkin patch soon.

DIY pumpkins made from sweaters

Is there an old sweater you are keeping around, not because you enjoy wearing it or it’s particularly flattering, but because you like the pattern or design? I hope this tutorial gives you inspiration to make a little home decor!

Follow my blog in order to keep getting great craft ideas! Happy Crafting!

Spiderweb Shaker Halloween Card
paper, tutorial

Spiderweb Shaker Card for Halloween

Halloween AND shaker cards?? Yes please!

I really feel good after making a shaker card. They are just so interactive that adults and kids enjoy them.

Let me show you what I did to make this spiderweb shaker card!

Spiderweb Shaker Halloween Card

Supplies:

Steps:

1. Place your spiderweb over your marbled paper  (4″ x 5 1/4″) and trace the outline. Cut out with your craft knife.

2. Adhere a window sheet to the back of your marbled paper to cover the hole. Stick foam adhesive strips around the hole, and add sequins and glitter. Peel off the backing for the foam strips and adhere the same size (4″ x 5 1/4″) orange cardstock over it.

3. Flip the shaker over (shake and test it of course!) and glue your spiderweb die-cut on the front of the window sheet.

4. Stamp your halloween sentiment on a scrap of black cardstock and emboss with the glow-in-the-dark embossing powder (I LOVE this stuff!), and adhere it to the front of the card.

5. Cut your black card stock to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and fold in half. Glue your shaker to your black card front.

Spiderweb Shaker Halloween Card

I am playing along with the following challenges:

I promise shaker cards are easy! If you want to check out a few of my other shaker tutorials with more pictures, click on the pictures below! There are a few ways to make shaker cards and I describe the process for these!

clearcoffeecup - 1 uXUro2vlRKCkW0dSbiflhA_thumb_2f Iced Coffee Shaker Card

IMG_2930 IMG_2980 stack of independence day invitation cards

I hope this tutorial inspired you in your halloween card-making! For more halloween goodness, check out these tutorials below and my Instagram!

purple halloween card with sheltering tree stamp halloween treat holder Halloween cards made with the beautiful you stamp set

Happy Halloween Crafting!

purple halloween card with sheltering tree stamp
paper

Spooky Halloween Card using the Stampin Up Sheltering Tree set!

I believe you can make great holiday cards from your “everyday” stamps.

Recently, I used the Beautiful You stamp set from Stampin Up to make a fabulous halloween card. And you can bet I’ll be posting more halloween ideas for the next couple of weeks, so I hope you hit the follow button if you haven’t already!

This is yet another example of using everyday stamps for great holiday cards:

purple halloween card with sheltering tree stamp

Using the Sheltering Tree stamp and the grass from the Enjoy Life set, I was able to make a spooky halloween card, and this card turned out spookier than I expected!

Supplies:

Spooky Steps:

  1. Cut the black cardstock in half to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and fold in half for your card base.
    • Cut a 4″ x 1″ strip and reserve for later.
  2. Cut the white cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 4″.
  3. Stamp the grass from the Enjoy Life set on the white piece in black, and heat emboss. Stamp and emboss your halloween sentiment, too.
  4. Sponge a few smudges of Berry Burst on the white piece, over the embossed grass and sentiment, then sponge Gorgeous Grape over the pink.
  5. Stamp your sheltering tree (without the leaves of course!) in black.
  6. Adhere the black strip below the grass, and adhere the ribbon over it and around the back.
  7. Adhere stamped piece to the black card base. Add bat stickers (or stamp them)!

 

I’m playing along with the following challenges:

I hope this halloween tutorial inspired you! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Crafting!