T.P. Pumpkins

This may be the easiest craft you ever make. Here’s what you need…

For each pumpkin: one roll of toilet paper, one 17×17″ square of fabric, one 4″ stick, fabric or real leaves, wire or twine.

1. Unroll about 5′ of the toilet paper, then wrap it messily around the roll. (You want to create a round, squishy middle for your pumpkin.)

2. Place the toilet paper roll in the center of the fabric. Fabric should be right (good) side out.

3. Starting with the sides, pull the fabric up around the sides of the t.p. and tuck into the roll. Once all four sides are tucked in, tuck in the four corners, adjusting the fabric and creating pleats as you go. Be sure that you’re not pulling the fabric too tight – maintain a nice, plump pumpkin shape. If fabric is difficult to tuck in, use chopsticks or the handle of a spoon to poke it into the roll.

4. Cut stick to size. Attach leaves 1″ from the top with wire or jute twine. Insert other end of stick into the center of the roll.

5. Display your pumpkins anywhere you want a little fun fall decor. Group together on a sideboard or mantle, or as a table centerpiece, along with pinecones, acorns or real mini pumpkins and gourds.

Choosing Fabric

Pick a medium weight, fabric with a soft hand – flannel, soft chambray, washed quilting cottons, fabric napkins, etc. Avoid heavy denims, corduroys and upholstery fabrics.

Craft-weight burlap is a great choice, but you’ll have to line it with a piece of coloured (not white) tissue paper first.

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