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Topic: TP Pumpkins - very cute and very easy!  (Read 5352 times)
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funtobewith
« on: November 14, 2007 09:24:36 PM »

I saw this the other night... I picked it up only to realize/feel the TP roll inside, the whole thing, not just the tube part... thought it was adorable... took it apart, made some notes, then surfed the net for directions... didn't find any here, so thought I'd share. If I weren't travelling for Thanksgiving I'd probably whip some up! Perfect for those non-crafters we know, or even kids who need an activity before or after eating on turkey day. I'd love to see what you come up with... the possibilities are endless!

Toilet Paper Pumpkins
1. Cut a piece of orange or brown fall fabric large enough to cover entire toilet paper tube with lots of extra.
2. Place toilet paper roll on the wrong side of the fabric swatch.
3. Wrap with polyfil stuffing to desired roundness.
4. Bring edges of fabric up and around the toilet paper tube and stuff into the top, creating lots of nice pleats.
5. Teacher can hot-glue the fabric in, but not necessary.
6. Cut an old toilet paper or paper towel tube lengthwise and roll up tightly to make a stem. Tape closed.
7. Wrap stem with green or brown fabric strips, ending at the bottom and taping in place.
8. Stick the stem in the hole at the top of the pumpkin. Again, hot-gluing in place is optional.

Getting fancy:
1. Cut fall garlands to have nice additions such as leaves and acorns to tuck in with the stem.
2. Add scent to the pumpkin by adding potpourri the center or scented oils to the polyfil.
3. Experiment with different shapes and sizes by using different brands toilet paper, cutting paper towel rolls down, and using more/less polyfil.

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nelda_rrr
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2007 05:17:10 PM »

that is very cute!!! and looks pretty easy to make also.
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RosiePosie
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2007 04:44:39 PM »

That is the cutest fall craft I've ever seen! That would be great for kids to make, and it's a great recycling project as well.
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BlueCherryFaerie
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2007 07:06:11 AM »

Ohh, I like this.  That's a great way to add holiday decorations to an often underdecorated room, LOL.
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NicoleScrapbooks
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2008 08:44:57 PM »

I LOVE this craft!!! I used this for our local moms group and it was a big hit!

Some notes:
1. Instead of using polyfil to give it a round shape, I unrolled some of the tp and rewound it around the middle-worked great!
2. When wrapping the tp roll, start by picking up the center of each side and tucking it in first. Then tuck in each of the four corners.
3. For the stem, we used paper lunch sacks that we rolled up tightly. You can cut off about 1/3 of the paper bag (from the open end) to make your stem skinnier. The next time I make this I will roll the sack more loosely and twist it (as shown in the video-link below).
4. I also made some smaller pumpkins by cutting the tp roll in half. It was a little difficult (I was using scissors), but they turned out so cute, so it was worth the effort!

This video tutorial is great!
http://www.expertvillage.com/video/32276_scary-parties-pumpkin.htm

Here is a photo (of some) of my pumpkins.
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=185819&ppuser=154643
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funtobewith
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2008 09:24:28 AM »

Super! Indeed, make it your own! Smiley
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betty@freekidscrafts.com
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2008 05:49:26 PM »

Delightful. A great addition to any Thanksgivng table.
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jndperry
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2008 07:59:38 PM »

These are very cute!  We are going to the in-laws for Thanksgiving this year, and I'd love to let each of the kids make one to give to their grandparents for the table.
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2008 03:49:54 PM »

 Lips sealed  LOVE IT!!!
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funtobewith
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2008 10:47:42 PM »

Here is this years "crop"

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