After all the pumpkin/fall inspiration I shared the other day, two things happened (three if you count painting the entertainment center). First, I realized that I am not in the mood for fall decorating but I am in the mood to decorate for Halloweeen. I packed up all my Fall
crap decorations minus anything I could use to decorate for Halloween. Second, I made some repurposed denim pumpkins.
I saw this cute denim pumpkin sitting on a random shelf at Homegoods. Random as in not with any other pumpkins and not even with any Halloween decor. In my head I am thinking “this poor cute pumpkin was banished by the other pumpkins for being different. He was so different that even Halloween didn’t want him on their shelves. I’ll save him and take him home. I could be the haven for misfit pumpkins. In a few years I would have the best, most awesome pumpkin collection and magazines would come to photograph my collection and maybe Chip and Joanna would visit… The reality is someone probably put it in their cart, changed their mind and left it on a random shelf
for me to find. I picked up the pumpkin to put in my cart and I remembered the jeans I had saved when my son outgrew them. I was immediately inspired to make my own repurposed denim pumpkins. Personally I prefer the story in my head.
Cut the leg off a pair of jeans and turn it inside out.
Gather one end and wrap a rubber band around it.
Cut 5 long strands of jute twine. Make sure they are about 3 inches longer than the piece of pant leg. You can trim the ends when you are finished. Tuck one end of each string
into the rubber band to hold the string in place.
Turn the pant leg right side out.
Take the strands of jute twine from the open end of the pant leg and tuck them into the gathered end of the pant leg. I used the scissors to tuck the twine.
Stuff the pant leg with batting. Pinch the top together and staple closed.
The stapled end is the top of the pumpkin.It just looked more like a pumpkin with the rubber band end as the bottom.
Cut out a couple of simple leaves from the burlap fabric and attach them to the pumpkin with hot glue. Finally attach the “stem” with hot glue.
I tried to add the little distressed holes like the inspiration pumpkin but it was a major fail. Instead of tossing the pumpkin, I just turned the bad side so it faced the wall. Every pumpkin has a bad side, Right?
Now for my second and favorite repurposed denim pumkin. I worked out the kinks from my first attempt and streamlined the process.
Cut a section of the pant leg.
Cut five lengths of string a little longer than the pant leg.
Glue the lengths of string to the pant leg.
Turn the pant leg inside out and gather the end with a rubber band.
Stuff the pant leg with batting.
Gather the open end of the pumpkin and wrap a rubber band around it making the “stem”,.I ran out of rubber bands and had to use a hair tie.
To make the stem, wrap a piece of burlap around the rubber band and secure with hot glue. If you don’t have burlap, you could use jute twine. To finish the pumpkin, I tied a piece of jute twine around the stem and added a couple of beads to the ends.
For the third repurposed denim pumpkin I glued scraps of denim and drop cloth to a small, ugly, plastic pumpkin. After the scraps were glued to the pumpkin, I trimmed off the excess fabric. To give the seams a cleaner, more finished look, I added some decorative trim.
My niece made the last pumpkin and it is adorable. She picked out the fabrics and trim herself. We used a warm temperature glue gun and made the pumpkin together. She ran the glue along the pumpkin and I put the fabric in place. She cut the lengths of rhinestones and I glued them on. Even though we used a warm temp glue gun, it is a good idea to keep a small bowl of ice water nearby just in case you get glue on your fingers. Or should I say when you get glue on your fingers 😉
Just in case you are wondering, I went back to HomeGoods and bought that denim pumpkin. He was right where I left him.