When fall arrives, pumpkins pop up in the stores and on porch displays and mantel decorations, working the kids into a frenzy of excitement for trick or treating and pumpkin pie. Adding pumpkins to your home helps build your little ones' excitement for the fall festivities. Pay homage to the pumpkin with a do-it-yourself wire pumpkin. Colored beads and raffia in autumnal colors showcase the pumpkin, and if you place your pumpkin on a rust-colored or burnt orange charger and surround it with glowing, battery-operated tea lights, you have both a kid-friendly and an elegant look.
1 Wrap the craft wire around the bottle. Continue wrapping until you have wrapped the entire spool of wire around the bottle.
2 Gather your wire circles together and slide them off the bottle, keeping the wire circles intact. Hold the wire spring shape in your hand; pinch one side of the spring together so the wire circles touch on the pinched side but have space between them on the opposite side. Tie them together with floral wire on the pinched side. Arrange the wire circles so they form a pumpkin shape, by spreading the circles out around the tied-together center of the pumpkin.
3 Cut several lengths of floral wire 6 inches longer than your wire circles. String orange, red, and yellow beads onto your floral wire. Leave the top inch of your wire bare.
4 Attach the beaded floral wire to the pumpkin form by wrapping one end of the beaded floral wire around the bottom of your pumpkin form near the center. Make a small, temporary loop on the top end of your beaded wire to secure the beads. Weave your beaded wire around one circle of the wire pumpkin. Undo the temporary loop and attach the other end of the beaded wire to the top of the pumpkin near the center. Leave 2 to 3 inches of extra wire unwrapped to form a stem. Repeat this step until you have attached all your beaded floral wire.
5 Wrap the excess unbeaded floral wire strands around each other to form a stem at the top of your pumpkin. Trim any uneven wire with the wire cutters.
6 Finish by tying a raffia bow around the stem of your pumpkin. Display on a colored charger and surround it with battery-operated tea lights and votive candles.
Items you will need
- 18-gauge flexible wire, 1 roll
- 2-liter soda bottle
- Floral wire, green
- Large orange, red, and yellow glass or plastic beads
- Wire cutters
- Raffia or thin ribbon
- Battery-operated tea lights
- Rust, goldenrod or brown charger
- Play with the size of your wire circles. Wrapping the wire around a larger object makes larger circles, resulting in a larger pumpkin. If you choose to make a larger pumpkin, you may need additional wire.
- When purchasing beads for the project, take a small section of wire along to ensure that the beads fit.
- For a more rustic look, substitute other bead colors.
- Omit the beads and wrap the wires in raffia if desired.
- If desired, add green or brown beads to the stem of the pumpkin prior to twisting the wire strands together.
- If you use real candles instead of battery-operated tea lights, do not leave the candles unattended. Place them far enough away from the raffia so the raffia doesn't catch fire.
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