Wednesday, November 16, 2011

T-Shirt Pumpkins

These are easy to make and you can re-use the materials once the season is over. I found one brown and one orange t-shirt at the dollar store last week and brought them home with the full intention of using them for the “garland” I had planned to make. Change of plans…they turned into pumpkins instead.
orange pumpkin complete
Supply List:
  • One fall colored t-shirt
  • One bed sheet (for stuffing)
  • 10 Rubber bands
  • Fall Leaves
  • Ribbon / Embellishments

supplies (2)
Turn the t-shirt inside out. Place a rubber band just under the area where the sleeves begin and tighten it as many times as you can.

step 1_
Turn the t-shirt right side out again. You will now have a puckered area that will be the bottom of your pumpkin. If you do not want to re-use the t-shirt, you can always trim the excess off, but I found that the excess helped to stuff the pumpkin.

step 2 (2)
Now, stuff the pumpkin with the sheet. You will have to fluff it a bit to get a nice even shape.

step 3 (2)
Gather the open end of the t-shirt tightly and wrap a rubber band around it as tightly as possible. You will end up with a nice pleated pumpkin form

step 4
Then I wrapped the stem into a nice round ball and secured it with yet another rubber band.

step 5
Next, you will use your rubber-bands to wrap around the pumpkin to get as many even segments as you would like to get the perfect  “pumpkin effect”. step 6
Start adding your embellishments; they will hide the area where the rubber bands cross paths under the stem. step 7 (2)
That is it. Fluff it up a bit and add it to your Thanksgiving display. It only takes about 15 minutes to put together. No hot glue, no sewing, no cutting, very easy project! brown pumpkin complete
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  1. Kathi, I love your no sew, no glue, pumpkins. I think it's awesome that you can still use the t-shirts to do your garland project when the time come, if you choose! You and I are kindred spirits when it comes to resourcefulness! Thanks again for sharing!