I'm not particularly crafty, unless you're speaking in terms of sneakiness, in which case you'll have to ask Jason. This is not to say that I can't do crafts. It's more to say I can't of my own creative accord dream up any sort of crafty ideas.
And yet, somehow that didn't stop me from volunteering to be the creative activities person for my MOPS group. (I have mentioned this group several times. MOPS stands for Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers, and exists to offer support and encouragement for all moms who have kids under the age of 5.) I figure I'm smart enough to find projects. I'm organized enough to coordinate craft projects for 30 women. And, if need be, I can operate a glue gun with the best of them.
So, with autumn on the brain, I set out to create an easy pumpkin making craft. Since what I found turned out to be really easy, and since it was also kind of fun to put together, I thought I'd pass along my how-to tutorial. It's a good one for kids because it doesn't involve glue guns, or (once you have the supplies ready) scissors.
-one 22"x22" square of fabric
-one double roll of toilet paper
-some kind of stuffing, like the kind for pillows or stuffed animals
-one paper bag or stump of wood
-one yard of raffia
2. Take corners of fabric and stuff them into the middle of the TP. As you do this, move the stuffing around so that your "pumpkin" will take on a more pumpkin look, rather than look like a roll of TP. You may have to experiment a little bit to get the fabric lines to look pumpkinish.
3. After getting the fabric stuffed, you'll want to anchor it in the center. I took a small paper bag, cut it in half, stuffed part of the bag in the TP hole, exposing the top half of the bag to resemble the pumpkin's stump. When I did this with the other moms, some of them used the bottom half of the bag because they liked the jagged edges (rather than round). If you have a small stump of wood, you could use this instead of a paper bag.
Truly, it's nothing spectacular, but they do end up looking pretty cute. And I think I might go out and pick up some other fabric types and make a couple other complimenting pumpkins (I saw some orange velvet that would look rather festive).
So, there you go. Happy Pumpkin Day!
(If you're interested in the specifics of this craft for a group project, click on the link below.)
In order to facilitate the ease of craft time at my MOPS meeting, I pre-made the pumpkin kits. This consisted of me filling the paper bag with the TP, and the stuffing and raffia wrapped in the fabric square. When it came time to make the pumpkins, all I had to do was pass out the paper bags.
-11 yards of orange fabric will make up thirty-six 22"x22" squares. Since fabric is about 44" wide, then all I had to do was cut the 22" squares along the yardage, and then open up the fabric and cut along the center fold. I got my fabric at Walmart for $1.38/yard. They had orange gigham fabric for $1/yard, but I wanted solid orange.
-36 double rolls of TP. For smaller pumpkins, you could use single rolls. I got the TP at Walmart for $18, which seems kind of expensive. If I were really pricing things, I bet I could have found it cheaper somewhere else.
-I picked up the cheapest stuffing I could find. It's synthetic stuffing that came in a big bag. For $2.50, I had enough stuffing to do 36 rolls. If you wanted 36 extra stuffed pumpkins, you would need more stuffing than the one bag.
-100 paper bags at Walmart for $2. Now I need another craft in order to get rid of all these extra paper bags!
-The hardest thing to find was the raffia. It wasn't at Walmart, Joanne's Fabric, or Craft Warehouse. I had to go to Michaels (in the crazy traffic part of town) to find it. 75 yards for $6.
I should once again note that I didn't come up with this idea. I found it on one of the MOPS discussion boards, and it seemed like a fun enough idea.