Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Floral Wire Pumpkins for $1


I love, love, love rattan and grapevine shaped pumpkins.  But who can justify the cost (especially Pottery Barn prices!) to buy one? So I decided that I would search out an economical way to make these on my small budget. 

Make-it-and-love-it has created an amazing grapevine pumpkin out of  grapevine garland but the only craft store I have close to me is Michael’s and this too was a little pricey for me. I do love this and will keep my eyes open for grapevine garland on clearance.

So after much searching, merging various ideas and horrible first attempts, I came up with this extremely easy method of creating my own pumpkins out of floral wire.  The grand total for the entire project…$1!  Now that is in my price range.

Materials needed:
1 roll of floral wire (approx. 33 feet long) in your color of choice (I did one in brown and one in cream)







Method:
Determine the size of pumpkin you will like. Remember the larger the pumpkin, the less ‘full’ it will be.

Shaped the pumpkin by either wrapping the floral wire around a bottle  that is the size you want (don’t judge me by the bottle I used) or simple hold one side of the wire and loosen the circle until it is to the desired size.  


 If you wrapped around a bottle, slip the wire off the bottle and bunch into a group by holding the center. 

Take the two ends out of the group and leave approximately one circle length out. These will be used to hold the center of the pumpkin together and to create the vine at the top of the pumpkin.

With one of the floral wire ends, wrap around the middle of the group of wires to form the center or the pumpkin. It is useful to go back over the original piece to hold the shape better. (see the picture)



Once wrapped tightly, start to form your pumpkin by moving the circles around to make the pumpkin shape.


Wrap the second floral wire end around a pencil to make the curly vine top.

You can shape your pumpkin to be fat or squish the sides in a bit to make it taller and skinnier.

Note: If you want a larger pumpkin, you could probably use 2 rolls of floral wire.
Please let me know what you think.
Enjoy!





46 comments:

  1. Now we're talking! A price that's right in line with my budget. Love the brown pumpkin and can't wait to try it! (and, no judging here) ;)

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  2. I am adding this post to two amazing sites: Under the table and dreaming (http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2010/10/sunday-showcase-party-w-anniversary.html) and Funky Junk Interiors (http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/2010/10/sns-51-brings-you-window-sill-decor.html)

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  3. Wow! Great pumpkins at a great price! This will go on my Tuesday To-Do post! Thanks so much for sharing!
    smiles!

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  4. These are simply amazing!! I love the idea! Way to go, girly!! I'm so excited to be your newest follower of your delightful blog and I'd love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! Be sure to link up your sweet creations at my weekly link party, every Friday! Hope to see you there!
    Hugs,
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

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  5. Fabulous job! Love it, must give this a try; thanks for sharing! :)

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  6. Oh wow!! That looks FANTASTIC and the price is just right! I would have never thought to use floral wire...awesome!

    Stopping by from Make It Yours Day!

    Jan
    www.thesimpler-life.blogspot.com

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  7. Love it! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  8. Super cute. I'm going to have to try this. I love pumpkins, especially the kind that don't go all mushy on my porch.
    April @ HomeHinges.com

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  9. Now that was clever...I love how it turned out...actually I like it better than PB's! Found your blog from trendy treehouse..glad I did...come and take a visit sometime.

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  10. I loved your wire pumpkins so much that I am featuring them on my site today. Hope you don't mind.
    April @ HomeHinges.com

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  11. I love love LOVE them!!! They are fab, honey!

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  12. Most excellent! I'm off to search for that $1 wire and make some of these today! You are so clever.

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  13. How clever! It looks adorable...thanks for the tutorial...kind of starts out like a slinky ;) Tks for sharing a great idea at a great price!

    Looking forward to exploring your blog more.

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  14. You are so smart!! Looks great and I love the cost!! I am a budget crazy momma and I love ideas like this. I am now a new follower.

    BTW- I host a Gifts From the Heart Party on the 20th of every month where you show off any homemade gifts you have made. If you have anything to share I would love for you to join me. I will also have a give-away!! Hope you will join me or stop by!

    www.strictly-homemade.blogspot.com

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  15. Those are smart, as is your idea! Love how you made the curly vine on the top. Pottery Barn has nothing on those pumpkins :) Nice tutorial!

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  16. This is awesome. I love anything metal, and I know it's not but looks so real! I am going to try this. Thanks so much for the idea!

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  17. great idea, and LOVE the price! I agree Pottery Barn is crazy expensive! :( Why pay so much when you can make your own version just as good for a lot cheaper! :)

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  18. Very,very cool. I'm trying this project. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. That's a very clever idea! Looks like something so many of us could do as well.

    BTW, if you are looking for the grapevine garland, look in your phonebook and see if you have a floral warehouse in your area. A few years ago I found one of these wher I live and bought a whole bunch of garland quite cheap compared to what I see in the stores.

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  20. Very very cute! I love your creativity on a budget!

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  21. I am totally going to make these this weekend! In fact, I'm heading to the craft store on my way home today! Thanks so much for the fabulous idea!

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  22. This is fantastic. How adorable! And what a great price! I'd love for you to join my linky party this weekend!

    Krista
    whilehewasnapping.blogspot.com

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  23. SO cute! AWESOME tutorial too! Is this 10 or 12 guage wire?
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie.
    I can't wait to see what you have next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  24. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea!!! Thanks for the great tutorial! And thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions. Hope to see you again soon :)

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  25. I love the idea! I'm not judging you by the bottle you used other than - yum!

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  26. I have been everywhere looking for the wire to make those pumpkins - anyone know where to find it? Thanks!

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  27. @Allie
    Hi Allie,
    I am not sure what gauge wire this is but it is really flimsy. Sorry I can't help.
    Stephanie

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  28. @Anonymous
    Hi,

    I purchased this wire at Dollarama in Canada. I was in the US this weekend at Dollar Tree and didn't see anything exactly the same. You can use wire from Home Depot/Lowes that comes on a bolt too for this. Good Luck,
    Stephanie

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  29. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I have some wire sitting around waiting to be turned into one now!

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  30. Love this! I should have made my own this year. Thanks for linking up. :-)

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  31. This is a super idea. I have wanted one for quite a while but never wanted to pay the high prices.

    Ruth

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  32. you did an amazing job! Thanks so much for coming to link up @ Ladybug Blessings Handmade Tuesdays!! I am going to feature this on a post, make sure to go get a feature button! Here: http://ladybug-blessings.com/?page_id=569

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  33. That looks really easy to do. Even though Halloween is almost done these will still make great decorations for the Thanksgiving Holidays.

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  34. That is an awesome idea! Thanks so much for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  35. GREAT IDEA!!! I love this so much I'm going to have to do it myself!

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  36. I made three of these tonight! They're adorable, thank you for the tutorial! To anyone else out there making these, make sure you use a thin wire, I used a thicker, wrapped floral wire and my hands are killing me!

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  37. Awesome! - Totally adding that to my to-do list! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. This is just genius! I had to share it over at my blog...so stop by and check it out! Grab a featured button if you'd like too....thanks for linking this up!

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  39. These are so good. I love them. I will have to make them :) Thanks for sharing. I love your stuff

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  40. I love your blog and all your really neat ideas...HOWEVER>>>>I wish you would make it possible to receive your updates through email. I hate to miss out on anything.

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  41. Hi B,

    Thank you for the comment. If you would like to email me (at fullofgreatideas(at)gmail(dot)com) your email address I can sign you up for the automatic emails that are sent as soon as I post something. I have not figured out another way of this. You aren't the first to ask so I will look into it and see if there is another way.

    Thanks again,
    Stephanie

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  42. I love this, I just located it on Pinterest and I would love for you to link this project up on my site to share with my other lovely followers. http://mommynmeblog.com/2012/09/perfect-pumpkin-week/

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  43. So Cute! I blog over at http://2crafty4myskirt.blogspot.com/ This Thursday I will be posting a round up of handmade pumpkins. I plan to include this project with a link to your tutorial. Please let me know if you are not OK with that. Great work!

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