Plain Dollar store pumpkin to Adorable Ribbon pumpkin
This time of year is crazy. It happens every single year, and I never learn. I add way too much to my plate and then I find myself running in circles from October till January. Does anyone else do the same? I’m sure there are more of us out there. I’ve managed to put up maybe a third of my Halloween decorations, which is really great since it’s just the first day of October, but the boxes full decorations have been sitting in the living room for a week now. There are deadlines, craft fairs, and holidays. But even with the hurried rush (or maybe because of it) I love this time of year. We bought our first house not that long ago, and that made decorating for the holidays so much more fun for me. I’ve been growing my decoration “stash” each year. This year is no different, I want fun new decorations but who has the time to make them? Fast,easy, and inexpensive is the key this year. I have a bunch of these little foam pumpkins from the dollar store. I love pumpkins! I wanted to dress one or two up a little though, so I made this adorable ribbon pumpkin.
These Ribbon covered dollar store pumpkins take maybe 10 minutes to make. They met all of my current holiday decoration requirements. Inexpensive √ – at just $1 each pumpkin plus some ribbon scraps from my stash, it’s a great deal. Easy √ just poking the ribbon into the pumpkin, anyone can do it. Fast √ just 10 minutes from start to finish. Can’t beat it! The perfect holiday craft fix when you have no time for a holiday craft fix!
Here’s what you’ll need to make a super cute ribbon pumpkin:
- Foam pumpkin (Dollar Tree has several different shapes and sizes)
- Ribbon (any color you want, I used what I had on hand)
- Hot glue
- a stick (you’ll understand in a minute)
First take the stem off the pumpkin. Set it aside for later, you’ll put it back on.
The length you cut your ribbon will depend on the size of the pumpkin you are using. There were several sizes to choose from. I needed ribbon about 8″ in length for my pumpkin. To measure, hold one end of the ribbon on the top where the stem was, and pull the other side of the ribbon down to the bottom on the opposite end. Trim your ribbon about an inch longer than the length you just stretched out.
Next, take your stick and poke the ribbon into the top of your pumpkin where the stem used to be. (I’m using a BBQ skewer I happened to have on hand, I used it to stir a pot of paint so half of it’s purple which isn’t relevant at all.) Poke the ribbon into the top hole first, then stretch it around to the bottom and poke the other side in there.
I worked with one color ribbon at a time putting at least four of each ribbon around the pumpkin.
Keep repeating, varying your ribbon colors as you go. Every couple of ribbons I added a dot of hot glue down into the pumpkin hole to make sure the ribbon would stay put.
When it’s finished, glue the stem back on top. I added a small length of green ribbon to the top just before I put the stem back on. Easy Peasy!
It’s cute, fun, simple and most importantly it was quick. Now my sweet little orange pumpkin isn’t quite so orange, and it has a little more character.
Maybe this week I’ll finally get around to putting up the rest of the decorations! Have you decorated yet?