Introduction: Fastest Way to Make Pumpkin From Yarn (Pumpkin-Shaped)
Many people know how to make mache pumpkins out of paper, glue and balloon. Also, some people use thread, glue and a balloon to make pumpkins, but which result in a spherical shape, and, accordingly, very vaguely resemble pumpkins. I got the idea to combine these two methods and make a pumpkin out of yarn and glue with a real pumpkin shape. It’s strange that no one has come up with this idea yet. I also want to share with you an idea of how to make such a pumpkin as quickly as possible.
I am delighted with the result. You can also use such pumpkin as a lampshade.
wire 0.8 mm, I used copper wire from an old transformer
hair fixation spray, better strong hold (I finally found how to use my expired hairspray)
orange acrylic paint, you can get orange color by mixing red and yellow paints
a piece of burlap
Step 1: The Balloon
Blow the balloon up to desired size and tie it up. Do not inflate the balloon as large as possible.
Step 2: Forming Sectors
Cut a few pieces of wire slightly larger than the circumference of the inflated balloon. The number of wires depends on the diameter of your future pumpkin and, accordingly, the number of sectors.
You can add the wires one by one, or you can connect all them in the middle together (twisting once).
Bend the wire around the inflated balloon and twist the ends so that the length of the formed wire circle is slightly less than the circumference of the inflated balloon. Twist the ends of the wire carefully to avoid damaging the balloon. Since I used a wire from a very damaged transformer, the coating began to crumble, but this will not affect the pumpkin, since we will still wrap everything with foil.
As a result, you will get sectors like a real pumpkin. To adjust the width of the sectors, carefully move the balloon inside the wire frame. But the sectors do not have to be exactly the same, since in nature you rarely find pumpkins with absolutely the same sectors.
Step 3: Adding the Film
Wrap with cling film in one layer around the balloon.
Step 4: Adding the Yarn
Wrap the yarn once between sectors to tighten the film.
Continue wrapping the yarn around the balloon in different directions. Do not pull the yarn tight. Avoid hitting the yarn in the same place several times. At the end, wrap tightly 2 times between sectors to tighten the already wrapped yarn. Cut yarn and tie the end.
Step 5: Gluing
Of course, you can use a solution of PVA glue with water to fix the yarn, but then you have to wait a long time for the glue to dry well. To speed up the fixation of the yarn, I first applied super glue to the yarn turns between the sectors - these are the most important areas that give our pumpkin the shape of a real pumpkin. Wait a couple of minutes for the glue to dry and the yarn to harden. Then spray the yarn with hairspray, dampening the yarn well. Dry the yarn well with a hair dryer (this will be pretty quick).
Step 6: Painting
Apply some orange paint to the surface of the yarn. Apply more paint between the sectors to visually highlight the sectors. Do not add water to paint.
Use a hair dryer to dry the paint (this will be very quick).
Step 7: Removing
Carefully cut the yarn at the top and pull out the balloon. You can use the same balloon to make another pumpkin.
Unscrew the wires carefully and pull them out.
Remove the film.
Step 8: Final Details
Cut a strip from the burlap to make a piece of stem.
Pull a few threads from one edge.
Roll the strip and fix with hot glue.
Hot glue the burlap stem with frayed end to the pumpkin. I really like the contrast of the burlap with the brightly painted yarn.
Participated in the
Pumpkins & Gourds Speed Challenge