Sunday, October 07, 2007

Making a "pumpkin"

I can't buy as many pumpkins as I'd like. I keep thinking I'll invest in enough realistic foam copies to fill windowboxes. Until then, I'll make what we have do double-duty.

We wrapped this flat basketball in strips of leftover orange fabric. No fancy technique, just wrapping and tucking, with plaid fabric leaves and a stick for a stem.

I'd like to add some fabric-wrapped "gourds" to this fireplace basket. And real fall leaves, if they ever turn colors!

Next up: balloons from yesterday's free festival become a paper mache pumpkin pinata. Paper mache is a frugal family's best friend!

15 comments:

malia said...

Love it!! (Trying to think if we have any flat balls anywhere!)

Annie said...

Very cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

Kacie said...

Really cool! I love your creativity and ability to repurpose items.

Carrie J said...

I have a flat basketball! Now I know what to do with it.
I have some pumpkins made from big foam balls that were in the center of some yarn balls my daughter got on clearance. I need to find my pictures and put them up.

MoneyCommonSense said...

Great ideas! I bet my little one would love making something like that. I am not very much crafty but maybe we can do soemthing like this. Thanks for the idea.

thehomespunheart said...

That is super cute! Great job!

Tamara said...

LOVE this idea! We would love to have a whole pumpkin patch at our house! Maybe I'll plant a patch next year!

Cyndi Lewis said...

Timely as usual! I just received another "pumpkin" as a gift yesterday. Check it out at my blog. You won't believe what it is made of.

carrie said...

Meredith,

I love how this turned out--so resourceful and homey!

Amy said...

You are so resourceful- very nice job! I would have never thought to use a basketball for that!!

HopewellMomSchool said...

....hmmm.. I wondered where that old red/black basketball went to. It's been days since I had to move it out of my way to pull into the driveway!! Cool project!

Rachel R. said...

This looks terrific! Very creative. I would never have guessed that this was born from a desire to "make do" and not something you had planned all along. :)

Jen said...

Very cute, and I love that you don't have to sew!

Kathy, Jeff's wife said...

LOVE IT!
Linking this to my blog for my Pumpkin Week!

Mrs. Gunning said...

I KNEW I saw this here! I loved this idea, and was completely tickled when I saw a "mini" version last night.
Taking a extra fabric piece, a little friend of my daughter had wrapped up an unused toilet paper roll and placed a stick and a plastic "ivy" in for the leaves. I immediately thought of this post. :)