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!

paper

Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Sport Team Sampler: Decorate and Cheer on your Team!

We are a hockey household. And living in Pittsburgh has ensured our love of the Penguins. Black and gold flows, and we are so glad that it’s finally hockey season again!

We had a few thin cardboard pieces featuring our favorite team. Do you ever save these types of scraps from old tissue boxes or flyers? I typically use my stamps to make cards and scrapbooks, but I wanted to create some home decor for the start of hockey season!!

 

 

 

Supplies:

Steps to Create A Sports Sampler:

  1. I’m using the back of a stand-up calendar from last year which measures 7 1/2″ square, but you could also use a piece of cardboard as the backing, similar to the backing I used for this Nautical Home Decor.
  2. I cut a 7 1/2″ square of Daffodil Delight cardstock and a 7″ square of Black cardstock. Finding your teams colors is easy! Check at the end of the tutorial to find your NHL team colors!
  3. I placed the largest Penguins logo in the center, and used Dimensionals to pop it up and give the decoration some dimension. That left me with about 2″ of black border around the penguin, so I cut 1 1/2″ strips of Daffodil Delight. You’ll need 4- 1 1/2″ squares and 4 1 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles.
  4. Now let’s decorate those squares and rectangles!! I mostly used the Making Every Day Bright stamp set. Between those penguins and the “snow” border, they were too cute. I stamped the penguins on white cardstock scrap, colored in the hat with my yellow marker, and punched each penguin out using the Christmas Bulb Builder punch. Punches make everything so much easier!
  5. Lastly, I stamped “Celebrate” from a previous sale-a-bration set along with some bursts on the corners.

pittsburghPenguins_sampler

This sampler was quick and easy to make, and you can make yours with your favorite team. Grab a few pieces with the logo and name, and create a few squares and voila! A sampler that’s perfect for cheering on your team!

Some team colors to try with your sampler!

Don’t see your favorite NHL team or are more of a football/baseball/basketball/other sports fan? Email me at laurascraftcloset@gmail.com and I’ll help you find the matching cardstock and/or ink colors for your project!

I hope you liked this tutorial. Which team or sport would you make it for? Let me know in the comments! Happy Crafting!

Framed puppy prints with Calligraphy name and supplies
DIY, paper

DIY Pet Paw Print Personalized Wall Art: Easy as Ink, Stamp,Write, and Frame!

Personalized home decor is the best. And it’s even better when it highlights one of your family members.

For an office recently-turned guest room, my partner’s parent’s house had a wall that needed some personalization. Since his mom has 3 adorable dogs who are definitely part of the family, I thought it would be great to decorate the space with their paw prints.

Framed puppy prints with Calligraphy name and supplies

This DIY turned out to be easier than I originally thought! It looks modern and chic, and with just a few supplies, it was a lot of fun to create.

Supplies:

  • Clipboard for a firm surface below your dogs paw to stamp against
  • Pet treats
  • Baby wipes or wet paper towel to clean their paws
  • Picture frames. These can be dollar store frames, ones you already own, super-fancy ones, or you can just have amazon ship it to your door; any that work with your home decor will work with this project. They should be big enough for your pets paw print to fit. Since these are smaller dogs, I chose to not only use the mat, but also to write their names inside the mat.

Instructions with Photo-cuteness:

1. Gather your supplies. Clamp your cardstock paper onto the clipboard, grab your ink pad, treats, and baby wipes, and bring your pup outside. I recommend doing this outside so you don’t get ink on your carpet, floors, walls, etc. When working with animals, you’ll want to have all of your supplies nearby so that it’s a quick stamp onto the paper.

our first puppy subject
Our first puppy subject: Jazzy.

I also brought extra paper with me in case the first prints smudged or didn’t stamp completely.

2. Pick your pets paw and guide it to the ink pad. Press it gently into the ink pad multiple times. Check to ensure each paw pad is thoroughly inked.

You know your dog and how well they sit for brushing, treats, etc. If you make this a pleasant experience for them, they’ll give you a good paw print.

3. Quickly grab your clipboard with paper and press the inked paw onto the paper. If it looks good, use a baby wipe to clean your pets paw. Don’t forget to give more treats!

If you have more than one pet, I would recommend having only one outside with you at a time. The other dogs kept getting between the inked paw and the paper! They love attention, don’t they, ha ha! Make sure to mark which paw print belongs to who. I used post-it notes, but a pen mark in an inconspicuous corner will also work.

Remember the paw prints don’t need to be perfect. If it looks like a paw print, it will look adorable in the frame.

puppy high-five to get paw print
A fun but inefficient way to get a good print of your dog’s paw. Read the tutorial for an easier way!

4. Once everyone is clean and given treats, any paw prints on the driveway are cleaned (water-soluble ink!), and once you bring your papers and ink pads inside, it’s time to write your pet’s name on the sheet!

  • If not, there is a way to fake it for this quick project. Stampin Write markers are perfect for this, as you can get a thin line AND the thick line that give calligraphy that gorgeous look.
  • I practiced writing out each name on regular lined paper using a pencil. Writing in cursive isn’t something most of us do very often, so it took me a few times trying to get the spacing right. After you’ve written it in pencil, go over it with your brush pens. Practice until you are comfortable.

For beautiful lettering using your brush markers, go light on upstrokes and heavier on downstrokes.

5. Lastly, frame your new paw print creation!

I hope this was helpful. Thanks for checking out this tutorial! It’s super-easy to do, and it’s always fun playing with the dogs.

Not only do these works of art look good on the wall, but I think they are also a great way to keep our pets in our hearts, now and long after they pass. If you need pet sympathy cards, please check out my Etsy shop. There are currently card sets for dog owners and card sets for cat owners.

Where do you think you’ll hang your pets paw print? Let me know in the comments below! Will you paint the frame to match your home? If you have any questions, feel free to email me at laurascraftcloset@gmail.com! I love hearing from my crafty readers.

Happy Crafting!