Saturday, October 31, 2015

Wire Pumpkins . . . how to make tutorial

I was searching and searching for some fun ways to make pumpkins using various materials,
when I happened on one tutorial for making twine pumpkins. While I liked the outcome, I wasn't crazy about the process! Seemed to take too much time for me.

Then I got the, OMG! ~ hit-my-hand-to-my-forehead kind of idea.
I had just recently purchased a wrapped wire for another project of mine and
I KNEW it would be perfect for what I was looking for.

So here goes . . OH and anyone who knows me, I kind of go crazy in the detail department!
This is a LONG tutorial and really quite simple!

Have fun!

I am not endorsing anyone's product ~ I just had these on hand and used them.

* 2 fl.oz bottle of paint
* Straw (hard plastic) ~ you could use a pencil, pen, dowel
* Piece of cinnamon stick
* Glue ~ I used Elmer's glue
* Needle nose pliers
* Wire cutting tool
* Wrapped Wire ~ I used Michael's Ashland Brand
NOTE:: When choosing the wire make sure that the thickness of the wire is fairly thin and consistent throughout the coil.

 Before you begin, pull out a length of wire about 8 inches long and then cut it with the wire cutters. Set that aside for now.

It is a good idea to pull a good length of the wire out from the coil and kind of straighten it.
Every pumpkin is different, but you do use approximately 4 feet of wire.

Start wrapping the wire around the bottle (I started at the paint bottle cap) and continue wrapping about 22 - 24 times. Keep the wire wrapped closely but do not overlap the wire.
Cut the wire.

(Sorry for the bright picture here!)
I placed the bottle on the table here and then pull it out of the coils.
Don't let go of the wire ~ it will spring open on you!

I hold the wire with my fingers on the inside and my thumb holding the other end.
This way it won't spring open on you. Then with the piece of wire that you cut before,
insert it through the middle. You are going to make a little hook
so when you start wrapping the piece around the coils it will help keep it in place.
Use the needle nose pliers to help pull the wire tight.

 There is a very good possibility that you will have one or two of the wrapping ends
that did not get caught in the above process ~ you know, the beginning and end wraps
when you were using the bottle.You can either leave them be or wrap them
around the center too. I wrap them.

Place the "half" pumpkin on the table and then start to fan the coils out, forming the pumpkin
into a circle. It won't come undone during this process; however, you should still be
careful so you don't bend the coils out of shape.

Making the stem.
Cut another length, maybe 5 or so inches, and wrap this around your straw, pen, or dowel. 
Slide it off and adjust the coils to your satisfaction. 

Bend the end of the stem just slightly ~ and insert it into the middle of the pumpkin.
Squeeze a little glue into the center of the pumpkin and then place the piece of cinnamon
into the middle next to the stem.

Now you are done!

Make different size pumpkins just by using different size bottles.
For larger pumpkins wrap more coils around bottle.

Here is what I do with my pumpkins!
Look for these on our ETSY store!

Thanks for being here ~ have a GREAT day!!!

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