The following is a post from contributing writer Jacinda.
Here’s a fun, super-easy, no-sew fall craft that anyone can make. It’s dirt cheap (I made my pumpkins for less than $0.30 each!) and they last much longer than the orange beauties you’ll find in the field.
No one will believe you when you tell them these gourds are made from toilet paper! It’s the perfect activity to involove young children in too.
- a roll of toilet paper
- flyers or newsprint
- a scissors
- 1/2 yard of orange fabric per pumpkin
- one or two fake leaves
- scotch tape
- a twig for the peduncle (I love saying that word)
Start by rolling sections of newsprint and attaching them to the toilet paper roll with scotch tape. Attach the tape to the inside of the toilet paper tube.
Continue until you’ve covered the roll with six or seven sections.
Place the roll in the center your fabric, wrong side up, and stuff the excess into the middle.
Insert the peduncle into the middle of the tube (secure with glue, if necessary), attach a few leaves, tie on some raffia and you’re done! Experiment with different fabrics for a truly unique look. These pumpkins look lovely in corduroy, velvet, linen, and cotton.