Happy first Monday of autumn! Let’s make a fun and easy craft today to welcome the new season! I found this in the stacks of directions that belonged to my mother-in-law and just had to make my own Mr. Pumpkin. I made some changes and decided to make him into a cute little, 3-D wall plaque, using a metal stove burner cover and scrapbook paper. The exact yarn I used came from an old stash; look for yarn that is heavy and thick. Cut some squares out of cardboard (I used an old box!) and you’ll whip up your own Mr. Pumpkin Wall Plaque in no time flat! It’s easy as pumpkin pie fall for the wall!
Mr. Pumpkin Wall Plaque
Supplies for Mr. Pumpkin:
- 70 yards of Category Weight 5 rug or craft yarn (heavy, bulky yarn) in orange
- One 6” and one 12” square of cardboard
- One 1 ½” Styrofoam ball
- One piece of black felt
- ½ yard of ¼” black grosgrain ribbon or ribbon of your choice
- 7 small black brads and one small antique gold brad
- Hat template (Download Mr. Pumpkin’s hat template Mr. Pumpkin Hat Template)
Supplies for Plaque:
- One large metal stove burner cover
- One 12” x 12” piece of scrapbook paper of your choice
- 12 chenille stems in colors to match scrapbook paper
- 3 small paper or foam pumpkins
- Mod Podge
- Low-tem hot glue gun and glue
Wrap orange yarn around the 6” square of cardboard 18 times.
Slip the yard off the cardboard, tie off tightly 1” from each end. Cut the loops and even off ends. These are Mr Pumpkin’s arms – ok, so he’s no body builder but what he lacks in muscles he makes up for with his smile!
Wrap the 12” cardboard 40 times. Tie a string of yard at the top, slip off cardboard and tie tightly. Place the Styrofoam ball inside the yarn at the tied end. It looks like some really weird creature at this point!
Adjust the threads evenly around the Styrofoam ball and tie tightly with a piece of yard under the ball to form neck. Slip the arms inside of the threads under the neck, with 40 threads for chest and 40 for back. Tie tightly to form the waist. Divide the threads in half to form legs; tie 1 ½ “ from ends and trim threads. Now he’s starting to look like a cute little guy!
Glue grosgrain ribbon bands around neck, waist, and legs. I realized AFTER he was finished I should have put ribbon around his arms at the wrist, too! You can add some ribbon to his arms, too!
Print and cut out hat pattern. Cut crown and brim of black felt. Glue crown to form a cone and glue crown to head of Mr. Pumpkin. Slip on the brim. The brim should fit tightly but if needed, pin in place. You can tie a piece of ribbon or yarn around the hat.
His little face is made easily by pushing small brads into the Styrofoam ball. Here’s that adorable little smile!
Mod Podge a piece of scrapbook paper to the stove burner cover; let dry and trim with a craft knife. Finish the edge by hot gluing rows of chenille stems around the perimeter. Attach Mr. Pumpkin to the plaque with hot glue. His hat and legs will extend beyond the plaque. Hot glue 3 small pumpkins around Mr. Pumpkin.
Isn’t Mr. Pumpkin the cutest little thing? He just oozes autumn charm! You don’t have to put Mr. Pumpkin on a plaque; add him to a wreath, a table arrangement or make a whole pumpkin family for a garland! Hmm….I have more stove burner covers in this pack, maybe I need to make him some friends so that he isn’t lonely!
Thanks for visiting with me and Mr. Pumpkin today! I hope we started your first Monday of fall with a smile!
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