By General Craft Contributor Michelle
Create a cozy fall pumpkin to decorate your autumn home. Try various weights, and textures of yarn to create different looking “sweaters” for your pumpkins.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- Yarn (I like to use a chunky weight yarn, mine was a “super bulky 6.” Pretty much any weight yarn will work, your braid may just be more narrow, and you’ll have to make more length to cover your pumpkin.)
- Fake pumpkins
- Stick, or dried pumpkin top
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
My fake pumpkin was about 6-inches by 4-inches, and it took about 12 feet of braid to fully cover. To begin, you’ll measure out the strands of yarn that you’ll braid. You will need to find somewhere to loop your yarn around while you unroll it from the skein, like the spindle of a chair, or a heavy can, and a heavy can (or another person) to hold the other end. Find the end of the yarn, and stick it under the can to hold it in place for you. Measure off a 12 foot length of yarn. Wrap the skein end of the yarn around your spindle, or other can, and unroll the yarn back down, to the end of the yarn that you placed under the can. You’ll now have two, twelve foot long pieces of yarn. Repeat this process until you have 12 strands of yarn. If you are using a lighter weight yarn, you’ll want to make more strands of yarn so your braid is thicker, or make more than one braid. You need to make your number of strands divisible by 3, so your bundles to braid are each the same number of yarn strands.
At the spindle end of your yarn, tie the loops off with a short piece of the yarn. At the opposite end, cut the loop so all the ends are free.
Pull the tied off end at the spindle off of the spindle, and gather the pieces of yarn together. Tape the end to flat surface so you can begin your braiding. Separate the yarn strands into 3 equal bundles, and begin braiding. Don’t pull the yarn super tight as you braid. Separate the yarn strand tails every couple of crossovers to keep them from knotting up. It’s more of a pain for the first couple of feet of braiding, but it gets easier as you go along and the tails get shorter.
When you get to the end of your yarn, use a short piece to tie the braid off, and trim the end.
Remove the stem from your fake pumpkin. Use hot glue to attach one end of your braid to the center of your pumpkin.
Begin spiraling your braid around your pumpkin, butting the coils right up against each other to fully cover the surface. Use your hot glue to secure it as you go.
Keep covering your pumpkin clear to the bottom. Add a new piece of braid if you run out, and if you wind up with too much braid, tie off the end with a piece of yarn, and cut off the excess.
Poke a stick into the top of your pumpkin for a stem, securing it with hot glue, or attach a dried pumpkin stem, if you have one.
Try using various colors , and weights of yarn to make yourself a whole cozy patch of pumpkins this fall!