Repurposed Denim Pumpkins

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.

repurposed denim pumpkins

 

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

 

SUPPLIES:

 old jeans

 rubber band

batting

burlap

jute twine

stick

scissors

glue gun

glue sticks

Cut the leg off a pair of jeans and turn it inside out.

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

 

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.

 

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

Turn the pant leg right side out.

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

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.

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

 

 

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

Stuff the pant leg with batting. Pinch the top together and staple closed.

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

The stapled end is the top of the pumpkin.It just looked more like a pumpkin with the rubber band end as the bottom.

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

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.

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

 

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

 

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

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?

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

 

Now for my second and favorite repurposed denim pumkin. I worked out the kinks from my first attempt and streamlined the process.

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

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.

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

Stuff the pant leg with batting.

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

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.

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

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.

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

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.

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

 

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

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 😉

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

 

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

 

repurposed denim pumpkin diy

Just in case you are wondering, I went back to HomeGoods and bought that denim pumpkin. He was right where I left him.

 

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