Welcome to Day 5 of “Dollar Store Pumpkin Makeover” Week!We are in the home stretch of our 6 pumpkin makeovers in 6 days! Today’s design was inspired by Halloween parade floats. You know the kind where they make a chicken wire frame and then stuff the openings with tissue paper? That was the look I was going for. I think it is pretty spot on.
To make this version I once again only used dollar store supplies. One foam pumpkin and two rolls of crepe paper streamers (in black and orange):
To make sure I had the pattern correct the first thing I had to do was sketch out which part of the pumpkin was going to be which color:
You have to have an even number of segments for it to work out, and I was lucky since there were already an even number of ‘bumps’ on my pumpkin so it was easy to decide on where the divisions of color would be.
Next I had to create my tufts. I used the same method I used for my crepe paper shamrock artwork
First I cut the streamers into squares:Next I used a bamboo skewer to form the little ‘floret’ of tissue paper that would be attached to the pumpkin.Unlike the shamrock, in this case I used hot glue instead of school glue. The pumpkin was going to take a lot more wear and tear and I wanted to make sure it held up:
This project wasn’t hard.. but it was TEDIOUS. I seriously almost quit at the halfway mark:
I ended up using an entire roll of each color streamer. That is 72 feet of both black and orange tissue!
It took me a little more than 7 hours to complete this one pumpkin.
YES.. SEVEN HOURS to cut, shape and attach more than 1600 squares.. one at a time. (Thank goodness the new fall primetime TV lineup is back!)
In actuality I probably could have gotten away with a lot less squares and could have used a pencil instead of skewer to get a more ‘fluffy’ look, but I wanted it to be really full and with lots of ruffles and less open space. I definitely accomplished that look: