In the event that you’re not absolutely sick of pumpkins by now, then [yay] here’s another DIY pumpkin for ya! A couple years ago, I went to a yardsale where a roll of white twisted craft paper cord spoke to me. It whispered, “Hi, I’m only twenty five cents. You should totally take me home, stash me in a corner and forget about me.” So I did. The roll stayed out of sight and mind until I discovered it a couple weeks ago in a bag of fall greenery all alone and without purpose. It was such a sad sight that I decided to do what any good fairy would do and turn it into a pumpkin. A craft paper cord pumpkin, to be exact!
Are you in possession of a roll of craft paper cord that you simply do not know what to do with? Are you slightly obsessed with pumpkins? Do you still think Bernie Sanders should have won the nomination?
Then what are you waiting for?! Get paper-pumpkin crafting, good fairies!
Twisted Paper Cord Pumpkin
You will need:
- 100 meter roll of twisted craft paper paper cord
- 2-1/2′ long piece of lumber (like a 2×6)
- 8″ thick, crooked tree limb
- Green twine
- DAP Rapid Fuse superglue
- Fishing line
STEP 1: WRAP
Starting at one end of your 2×6, begin wrapping the twisted paper cord tightly around, making sure the cord doesn’t overlap.
Once you’re reached the end of the board, secure the top end to the neighboring loop of cord with a drop of your favorite superglue or hot glue. Repeat with bottom loose end.
STEP 2: REST
Prop your wrapped board against a wall, and go about your business for a day or two. This setting period will help the paper cord keep its shape when it’s time to unravel it.
STEP 3: UNRAVEL
Starting at the top of the board, begin to unravel the cord, lining up each length as you gather it in your hand. Try not to let the cords overlap in a big bundle.
This move requires a little bit of hand dexterity, but you can do this. Otherwise, your creation will end up looking like Brody’s:
STEP 4: TIE & SHAPE
Cut a 2-foot piece of fishing line and carefully wrap it a few times around the center loop of your gathered bunch of paper cord. Pull tightly and make a secure knot.
Again, a little dexterity needed. Have friend help.
Next, fluff and shape the paper cords to form a sphere-like shape, making sure the cords are even and uniform.
STEP 5: ADD STEM
Now go take a hike, and find a [preferably] thick and crooked branch anywhere from 8-10 inches long.
Wrap the branch in green twine, securing the ends of twine with more glue.
Finally, gently push the stem down into the center of the pumpkin.
Yep, I’m a fan. The next time I find a roll of craft paper cord at a yardsale, I won’t wait for it to whisper to me.
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