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Woven Hipster Pumpkins

This post is sponsored by Joann Fabric and Craft, 
but the pumpkins and brilliant pumpkin puns are all my own!

Woven modern pumpkins #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest

I got to participate in Joann Fabric and Craft's A Halloween to DIY For craft challenge! My
 #DIY4Halloween assignment was to make something pumpkiny using supplies I could find at Joann. You can see a bunch more Halloweeny crafts and get inspired at Joann.com!

Woven Hipster Pumpkins 
(because orange is so mainstream)

Supplies:
Strong wire (I used floral wire, but should have used something a lot less bendy)
Thin wire 
1 skein of yarn
2/3 yard fabric, cut into 1 inch strips

I originally wanted to make an all wire pumpkin sculpture. But the wire was particularly uncooperative, so I scaled down my plans and went for a more baskity approach. I like these a lot better!

I made two woven pumpkins, one big and one small. The smaller one is about 16 inches around, and the larger one is about 27 inches.
My "mama" and "baby" pumpkins, at least that's what my toddler would call them. Joann Fabric's A Halloween to DIY for crafting challenge, accepted! #DIY4Halloween #clevernest


I popped off to my Joann and grabbed me some supplies. 
Woven modern pumpkins #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest


To get things rolling, I cut four lengths of wire about 14 inches long out of floral wire and bent them into a pumpkin-esque shape. I figured out pretty much instantly that I should have bought stuff that was a lot stiffer and would hold it's shape better. But it was naptime, I had a moment's peace, and a pumpkin to bring to life! Oh well, let's call this a prototype model!

I tied the wire pumpkins to each other at the base, then bent each wire to "fan" out and make a 3D shape. I tied the wires at the stem with more wire.
My "mama" and "baby" pumpkins, at least that's what my toddler would call them. Joann Fabric's A Halloween to DIY for crafting challenge, accepted! #DIY4Halloween #clevernest

My "mama" and "baby" pumpkins, at least that's what my toddler would call them. Joann Fabric's A Halloween to DIY for crafting challenge, accepted! #DIY4Halloween #clevernest


My "mama" and "baby" pumpkins, at least that's what my toddler would call them. Joann Fabric's A Halloween to DIY for crafting challenge, accepted! #DIY4Halloween #clevernest

My "mama" and "baby" pumpkins, at least that's what my toddler would call them. Joann Fabric's A Halloween to DIY for crafting challenge, accepted! #DIY4Halloween #clevernest

My "mama" and "baby" pumpkins, at least that's what my toddler would call them. Joann Fabric's A Halloween to DIY for crafting challenge, accepted! #DIY4Halloween #clevernest

Yay! a pumpkin...! sort of...? Things were looking a wee bit seedy, pumpkin seedy that is. Safe to say I was seriously doubting the blogability of this little guy at this point. The wire was way too soft and got bent out of shape at the slightest thing, literally. *note to self, buy stronger wire next time! With no way to go but forward, I started in on the weaving, using up a whole skein of fluffy white yarn and 2/3 of a yard of black cotton material between my two pumpkins. This part took the equivalent of 3 Walking Dead episodes (why always Zombies but never Halloween??).
Ta da! It's a woven pumpkin using wire, yarn, and material. All the extremely original pumpkin puns ALONE make this post worth your time. Promise. #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric

Ta da! It's a woven pumpkin using wire, yarn, and material. All the extremely original pumpkin puns ALONE make this post worth your time. Promise. #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric

Ta da! It's a woven pumpkin using wire, yarn, and material. All the extremely original pumpkin puns ALONE make this post worth your time. Promise. #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric

Ta da! It's a woven pumpkin using wire, yarn, and material. All the extremely original pumpkin puns ALONE make this post worth your time. Promise. #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric

Ta da! It's a woven pumpkin using wire, yarn, and material. All the extremely original pumpkin puns ALONE make this post worth your time. Promise. #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric

I covered the wire "stem" with a bit of black material, and tied it off with a knot. The little leaf is the uncut end of the knot that I cut into a leaf shape.
Ta da! It's a woven pumpkin using wire, yarn, and material. All the extremely original pumpkin puns ALONE make this post worth your time. Promise. #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric

Hey, look! It actually came out! what do you know? I was so excited, I shouted, "Oh my Gourd!" Orange you glad I didn't stop half way? I thought to myself. When it got all jacked up, and looked rotten? Glad I carved out some time in my day, and patched things up on this craft! *eeh, must think of more pumpkin puns.... gourd... uh... seed...hmm... These pumpkins are divine! pumpkin vine that is. They're... smashing!! *wipes sweat from brow. K, I'm out.

All done! Everybody say, Pumpkin photoshoot!
Purdy pumpkins! floral wire woven with yarn and strips of material. Cheap to make, and big impact. They say, bam! I'm a pumpkin. In your face! #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest

*click!*
Purdy pumpkins! floral wire woven with yarn and strips of material. Cheap to make, and big impact. They say, bam! I'm a pumpkin. In your face! #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest
*click, snap!*
Purdy pumpkins! floral wire woven with yarn and strips of material. Cheap to make, and big impact. They say, bam! I'm a pumpkin. In your face! #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest

*click, click!* C'mon, work it, girls!
Hipster pumpkins. They are so modern and hip, they were doing Halloween before it was cool. There's a whole photo shoot of these beauties up on the blog!! #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest

Hipster pumpkins. They are so modern and hip, they were doing Halloween before it was cool. There's a whole photo shoot of these beauties up on the blog!! #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest

Yes, yes! Now, give me the "I was raised by farmers" stare!
Hipster pumpkins. They are so modern and hip, they were doing Halloween before it was cool. There's a whole photo shoot of these beauties up on the blog!! #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest

Just so you know, I only cleared about 3 square feet of crap important items off my dining room table for this shoot. The piles of diapers, dishes, and picture books are nicely piled to the side there.
Hipster pumpkins. They are so modern and hip, they were doing Halloween before it was cool. There's a whole photo shoot of these beauties up on the blog!! #DIY4Halloween #JoannFabric #clevernest

My plate wall and Mighty to Save canvases are photo-bombing nicely in this pic (way to go, self promo!). The mid century buffet that usually lives behind the table is missing. It's off doing double duty in the living room while we refinish our media cabinet. Hopefully it will be done sometime in 2015 or 16, and I can share pictures someday!

That's all from me. Happy crafting. Have a great weekend!


    

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