Sunday, October 9, 2016

Make it (Sunshiney) Monday | Yarn Pumpkin Garland

Make it Monday | Yarn Pumpkin Garland |

Hey sunshiney friends!  Are you ready to make this adorable pumpkin garland?  It is so quick and easy, you'll be hooked after making the first one, I promise.  I was searching through my Pinterest account, like I do ALL THE TIME, for some fall decoration inspiration and I came across this post from the Land of Nod.  It was a kid craft (hello younger self, let's make something today), and used some different supplies, like pipe cleaners, which I did not have, but it was so cute, I had to try it out myself.  I think you'll enjoy making this.  And hello...YAY for actually making something that I pinned, am I right?  Let's get started, okay? 



Step 1: Gather some supplies. 

• Some yarn:

Yarn Pumpkin Garland Supplies

I found that the chunkier yarns made a better pumpkin, but just use what you have on hand!  The chunky stuff is a bit pricier than the regular acrylic yarn, but you guys know I never pay full price.  I got this stuff on sale.  Half off baby.  That's how I roll.

• A pair of scissors and some twine:

Yarn Pumpkin Garland Supplies

I stole my daughter's scissors because I thought they were cute.  I bought them after all, so I figured they were fair game.  I grabbed this twine out of my garden shed, but yarn could work too.   Just use what you've got.  You can do this!

• Some floral-y twine dohickey stuff:

Yarn Pumpkin Garland Supplies

I don't know what the official name of this is.  I got it at Hobby Lobby a few years ago in the floral section.  It looks like twine, but it is wired, so it's good for twisting.  You'll need some wire snips (not pictured) if you use this, by the way.  Unless you're in to ruining your scissors and ending up in the fetal position on the floor because you tried to do things the hard way.  If that's you, go for it with those scissors, sweet pea.  No judgment here.  Also, this supply isn't necessary, I just used it to make a stem because I had it and I thought it was cute.  Again, just use what you have on hand.  

Step 2:  Assemble your pumpkins.

• Have you ever made pompoms out of yarn?  They are super easy and making a pumpkin is just like making a pompom without all the extra steps.  It's like a lazy pompom with long hair.  I used my hand, but you could also use a piece of cardboard.  Take the tail of your yarn and start wrapping it around your hand (or the cardboard).

I put the tail like this before I wrapped it around my hand.

Step 1 Yarn Pumpkin Garland

Then I wrapped the yarn around my hand about sixty times.  If you use a less chunky yarn, you'll need to wrap it around your hand about twice that much.  Another reason I was a fan of the chunky yarn, youknowwhatImean?

Your yarn wrapped hand should look similar to this.  If  you have the regular yarn, just keep wrapping until you've wrapped about this much.  Cut the yarn and hold the tail of it with your thumb.

Yarn Pumpkin Garland Steps

Be sure you don't wrap too tight, or you'll cut off your hand circulation and it will be hard to take the yarn off of your hand.  I'm not speaking from experience, but if you do that, it's not fun.  Not fun at all.

•  Next, cut a piece of yarn about six inches long.  Maybe it's eight.  I don't measure, just make sure it's long enough to wrap around your yarn bundle twice.  

•  Lace the piece of  yarn you just cut under all of the other yarn on your hand, like this:

The yarn bundle on your hand should be centered on the cut piece of yarn.  Then, gently take all of the yarn off of your hand and place it on the table.  Tie the string in a knot to secure one side of your pumpkin.  It will look like this:

•  Gently flip your pumpkin over and tie a knot on the other side.  You're doing so great already!  Now your pumpkin should look like this:

Basically you ran the string through the middle of the pumpkin and then you tied a knot on both sides.  You might need to fluff the pumpkin a little bit, too. Look at you, pumpkin maker!  Woohoo!  You are AWESOME!

Be sure that you have enough string left to tie your pumpkin onto the twine.  Don't get too snippy with the scissors just yet.  

Step 3:  Fancy up your pumpkin with a wire stem, tie your pumpkin onto your twine, and adore your pumpkin.  Maybe sing it a love song.

To make the wire stem, I just cut a piece of the dohickey stuff that I talked about before and I put it between the yarn I used to tie the two knots and bent it like a stem.  I tied a little piece of twine around it, too.  Then I told my baby pumpkin made out of yarn that I loved it.  I think this was an important step, so please don't forget about it!  

After you've made a few pumpkins, you have a complete garland ready for hanging.  Super fun and cute!  I'm so proud of you, sunshiney friend.  You can do anything!  

I would love to see your yarn pumpkins, friends!  Leave me a comment or send me a message.  Go forth and feather your nest!  

Have fun and keep it sunshiney,

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