Hey Hey! I’ve been a busy bee around here, decorating for Fall and just generally loving this season. By now you know how I feel about all things Fall 😉 LOOOOOVE. So, when some of my blog friends started chatting about doing a group Pumpkin project I was all, “ME! ME!! ME!!!”
I am super excited to show all of you what Pumpkin decor I came up with and show you all of the other amazing ideas my friends came up with. You can visit their blogs and see their pumpkins at the bottom of this posts. These ideas are sure to inspire you!
I decided to make String Art Pumpkins. And honestly, I think they are SUPER ADORABLE!!
You wanna know how you can make your own, with pretty much any image you want? Well keep reading!
It all started with these faux, easy to carve, craft pumpkins from Michael’s. They come in Orange, black and white. They also come in a few different sizes. I bought 3 of the 9″ Pumpkins, 2 black and 1 white. You know black + white is totally my jam!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Dressmaker Pins or smalls nails
Printed Image Template
String (embroidery thread or polyester thread)
Scissors (or kitchen shears if that’s all you can find because your darn children lose all the scissors!)
To get started you need your craft pumpkins and your printed images for guidance. I used this LEAF image and this GEOMETRIC BEAR image. Something with straight/geometric lines is best. Cut your image out and use a little piece of scotch tape to hold it in place or go ahead and stick your first pin in place to hold your image on the pumpkin. You want to place a pin in every spot where the lines of your image change direction. Just like those dot to dots you used to do in elementary. (Fun fact: my 10 year old son, Landon, LOVES huge dot to dots where the numbers go up in the thousands!)
I marked my points with a paint pen beforehand so I wouldn’t mess it up.
Now, once all of your pins are in place the next step depends on what kind of image you are using. For the leaf, it was simple enough that I could just go ahead and tear the paper template off the pumpkin. But the bear needed to stay on since he was going to have strings going all over the place. For him I just used tweezers to remove the paper template once my strings were all finished and tied off.
Okay, so the strings. Get your thread of choice out and find a starting point. Anywhere is fine really. Tie the string onto a pin and knot it a couple of times. then start the outline of your image by going to each pin, wrapping the thread a few times, then moving to the next pin. If you are filling the inside of your image you can do the inside at the same time or start a second string when you are done with the first. Once you are finished knot the string again and trim any excess.