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I was shopping at Hobby Lobby on Saturday and came across this wire pumpkin.
It was very cute, came in two sizes and at 50% off very reasonably priced at $4.50 for the smaller pumpkin and $6.00 for the larger one. I was about to purchase one when my thrifty alter ego suggested to me that I could make a similar pumpkin for much less. So off to Lowes I went where I purchased this:
200 feet of 20 gauge wire for $6.97. And with 13 feet of that wire (for a cost of 45 cents), I created this:
These are the steps I took to make my wire pumpkins (don't let all the steps scare you...it really is quite easy to make)
1) Find a can in your pantry....you are going to wrap the wire several times around the can.
2) Measure the diameter of the can (mine was 8 inches) and decide how many "loops" your pumpkin will have (the Hobby Lobby pumpkin had 50 loops...I decided that 20 loops was enough for my pumpkins). Multiply the diameter of the can by the number of loops on your pumpkin to get a length of wire that you need to cut for the project.
3) Cut the appropriate length of wire off of your roll of wire. Straighten as best you can.
4) Starting at one end of your can, begin to tightly wind the wire around the can, continue wrapping until you use all your cut wire.
5) Take the coiled wire off of the can....it will kind of look like a slinky.
6) One one side of the loops, pull the loops together and, using a twisty tie (this will be a temporary hold), wire the loops together. With the inside wired together, the outside of the loops will fan out in a pumpkin-like shape.
7) Go outside and find a small branch for your pumpkin stem. Slide the branch in the twisty tied opening. I also made a small "curly cue" out of the wire to accent the stem. Now, using a piece of 16 gauge wire (approximately 8 inches long), tightly wrap the inside of your pumpkin loops and the branch. (I started the wrapping process, removed my temporary twisty tie, and then continued wrapping).
8) I then added a little glue for good measure and let that dry.
9) The wire I used was silver so I spray painted the pumpkin black. I painted the curly cue green. You could also add some leaves but I didn't have any....I'll add them later.I had hoped to get pictures to illustrate the steps but time did not allow tonight. If there is interest I would be more than happy to post again with pictures (sometimes my written directions aren't the best).
The cost of my pumpkin was less than 50 cents. Cost will vary depending on the diameter of the can you use and the number of loops that you want your pumpkin to have.
My husband and son both liked this project so I think it was a winner!!