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Elegant Suede Pumpkin

Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.

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A Halloween and Thanksgiving Decoration

Make a beautiful and elegant suede pumpkin, that is appropriate for any décor, by following easy to follow instructions.

At this time of year, do you find yourself pressed for time and, although you like to craft holiday decorations, you'd like them to be suitable for a couple of the holidays? This is a craft that you can use during the Halloween season and also through the Thanksgiving season. All you have to do is to remove the little black spider. How easy could that be.

This is an elegant pumpkin, crafted using polyester velvet (it almost looks like suede) in a pumpkin color. I've included photos to take you through the steps for making this Halloween and Thanksgiving decoration. It's an easy and inexpensive holiday craft.

Supplies Needed

34.5 ounce size coffee can
20 plastic grocery bags
Brown or tan yarn
1 yard polyester velvet (imitation suede)
Jute, optional
Wire
Two 6" fall leaves
Black spider
Hot glue

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Place the coffee can in the center of one plastic grocery bag.

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Stuff two rows of nine wadded up plastic grocery bags around the coffee can.

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Tuck the edges of the outside bag between the bags and the top edge of the coffee can.

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Use about 8 yards of yarn, folded in half, to wrap around the plastic bag wrapped can: first in half, then in fourths and then in eights, tightening and tying each wrap at the center top of the can.

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Cut the polyester velvet (imitation suede) fabric into a 33" circle. Then cut 7 1/2" slits from the outside toward the center--eight slits. Set the wrapped coffee can in the center of the fabric circle.

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Bring two opposite sections of the fabric to the top center of the can and tie in a half knot.

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Using a piece of wire, about 12", tightly wire over the half knot. Tuck the tails inside the can. Tie the opposite two sections in a half knot, wire and also tuck the tails inside the can.

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After making the next two sets of sections, tie and wire but do not tuck the tails into the can.

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Fold over or cut the wire to about a 2" length. Gather the tails up around the wire. Using a long piece of tan or brown yarn (or jute), wrap it around the gathered tails to cover and form a stem. Trim the fabric from the top of the stem. If any spaces show between the fabric sections, dot one side with hot glue and bring the sections together.

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Make wire curls by winding the wire around a pencil, and then glue along the pumpkin stem. Glue the two leaves around the stem. Place a spider on the pumpkin. Do not glue the spider down, then you can take the spider off and use the pumpkin as a Thanksgiving decoration.FYI: I didn't have colored fall leaves, so I brushed green, brown, gold and orange inside and on the edges of the leaves. I also used brown paint on the top edge of the stem. My pumpkin measures 9" tall and 10 1/2" diameter.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

Are pumpkins a part of your Thanksgiving decorations? - or leave a comment.

Alessandro Zamboni from Italy on October 22, 2012:

I'm simply astonished to see your creativity Loraine. My compliments!

bossypants on October 17, 2012:

Not as long as they aren't real. :) I so love this lens! What an elegant craft, so easily completed!

Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on October 16, 2012:

Yes - I got a nasty bacteria from a spider bite. Don't like them much. Except when they are eating mosquitoes and bugs. Then I like them! Blessed!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on October 16, 2012:

@wvabutterfly1951: Maybe you could open Microsoft Word and then highlight a picture or the instructions that you want, then right click on highlighted part, choose copy. then go to your Microsoft word document and paste it there. You may have to do one picture or instructions at a time, but it would save you lots of paper and ink. Or check out this site. http://www.homeandlearn.co.uk/mw/s3p3.html

wvabutterfly1951 on October 16, 2012:

how can we print out the patterns without all the ads, and things using so much paper??? I looked for some how to do it but couldn't find one. Thanks

kayla_harris on October 16, 2012:

Wow, it is so cool! I love spiders!

Marianne Gardner from Pacific NW, USA on October 15, 2012:

I'm more used to them in the garden and outdoors, but keep my distance, admiring them from afar. The have their purpose. Don't like them in the housethough.

Katie Hazel on October 15, 2012:

I love this! It's perfect for fall décor!

rhodacks on October 15, 2012:

cool!

Nnadi bonaventure Chima from Johanesburg on October 15, 2012:

Highly creative lens ,congrats on lotD

karMALZEKE on October 15, 2012:

I am NOT a fan of spiders. I don't like to kill them; I try to remove them back to the outdoors where they belong. LOVE this gorgeous pumpkin you made. VERY GENIUS!!!!

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on October 15, 2012:

This looks easy to make and lovely! :>)

shauna1934 on October 14, 2012:

Saw some of these at a fall festival I went to today. Fantastic!!

MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on October 14, 2012:

Oh yeah, congratulations on LOTD! This is such a creative lens!

MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on October 14, 2012:

Nope, this would be a wonderful project for me to put my plastic spider collection on, thanks! I love simple, beautiful crafts.

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on October 14, 2012:

Terrified. This is a nice simple craft. The velvet makes it look elegant. Thanks for the tutorial.

dotcomdiva on October 14, 2012:

Not scared, but don't like them! But I DO like this decorating idea! And thank you so much for the easy to follow, step by step directions!

DebMartin on October 14, 2012:

How easy cool is that! Nice.

Susans_Notes on October 14, 2012:

Very cute and creative!

mymoodswings on October 14, 2012:

.... wow very creative!

miaponzo on October 13, 2012:

I love this idea! So cute and easy to make! Blessed!

viryabo2 on October 13, 2012:

AWESOME CREATIVITY. Congrats on Lens of the Day.

anes2010 lm on October 13, 2012:

@SusanDeppner: agree with you

Rosyel Sawali from Manila Philippines on October 13, 2012:

Wow! What a creative way of making a pumpkin décor! ^_^ I'm not scared of spiders as long as they're not crawling my way LOL ^_^

KimGiancaterino on October 13, 2012:

Not at all ... we have a pet spider in our kitchen garden window. Of course, her name is Charlotte. Congratulations on LOTD!

MelissaRodgz on October 13, 2012:

I don't know why I am really scared of spiders. When I was young, my brother put a fake spider on me. When I woke up, I was so scared. To this day they creep me out. But, this looks like a whole lot of fun. We usually carve pumpkins, but we might try to do this instead!

anonymous on October 13, 2012:

Yikes! Yes! Congrats on LOTD!

tudzuniverse on October 13, 2012:

Very pretty and easy!

KandH on October 13, 2012:

I wouldn't say scared exactly... but I do suspect they could crawl into your ears at night and build webs in there that will clutter up your brain and affect your hearing and contribute to memory loss.... hmmm maybe I am scared of spiders ;)

mrducksmrnot on October 13, 2012:

Congratulations on LOTD and a pumpkin without the worry of a mess later on. Great idea for recycled items also.

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on October 13, 2012:

Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD)!!!

Sharon Berry from Michigan on October 13, 2012:

How clever and crafty. Great job and thanks for sharing.

Mary Stephenson from California on October 13, 2012:

Congratulations on LOTD. What a lovely idea for a pumpkin! I think I would leave the spider off. Don't care for those guys.

Jack on October 13, 2012:

Love the pumpkin. Congratulations on LotD.

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on October 13, 2012:

totally love it:) congrats!

NuttSoRuff on October 13, 2012:

Spiders: Hate 'em - no matter how small they are!

faye durham on October 13, 2012:

Your lens is beautiful. Congrats on LOTD. I pass on spiders.

WriterJanis2 on October 13, 2012:

Hate spiders, but love your pumpkin.

poldepc lm on October 13, 2012:

beautiful lens...congrats on the LOTD

soaringsis on October 13, 2012:

Congratulations on your LotD. Very creative.

thegrayrabbit on October 13, 2012:

How easy is this. Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on October 13, 2012:

nice lens

VspaBotanicals on October 13, 2012:

I love this lens. Beautiful!

TopDigitalMarke on October 13, 2012:

I love this idea! I know my mom would really like having this around the house :) And yes, I am scared of spiders!! Especially when they're the first thing you see entering the bathroom :P

sailor_man on October 13, 2012:

This lens is pretty cool and I'm happy to look at my

Delia on October 13, 2012:

Congratulations on LOTD! what a creative idea...darling Pumpkin...I'd opt out for the spider but then that's just me and my acrophobia...nicely done lens!~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

myspace9 on October 13, 2012:

Congrats on Lens of the Day. Spiders are looking good.

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on October 13, 2012:

I like spiders, they eat lots of bugs. I like your elegant suede pumpkin, great recycle craft. Congrats on LotD. Blessed and added to my lens...Squid Angel flinnie.

bluedarkart on October 13, 2012:

Thant's a great idea! Very nice work! :)))))) And Congrats on Your Lens of the Day! :)))))

anonymous on October 13, 2012:

hahahaha great lens nice work

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on October 13, 2012:

Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!!

anonymous on October 13, 2012:

I am not if they are far away from me. lol.

anonymous on October 13, 2012:

I don't really have a fear of spiders but like them to live outside and have been mesmerized watching them make webs. A suede pumpkin, how elegant, unique, fun and easy to create with your excellent directions and stap by step pictures. Anyone with a real fear of spiders could use another insect I suppose but a butterfly just doesn't say Halloween as much as a spider! Congratulations on a lovely LotD!

ShineRita on October 13, 2012:

Nice ideas and congrats on LOTD. ^^

Sharon Bellissimo from Toronto, Canada on October 13, 2012:

No, in fact I'm the elected spider catcher in my house! I am afraid of mice though.

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on October 13, 2012:

Not at all, well done on LOTD

Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on October 13, 2012:

Congrats on LOTD and a unique idea !

anonymous on October 13, 2012:

Grooooooovy pumpkin. Congratulations on getting LotD!

anonymous on October 13, 2012:

Nice ideas. Awesome Lens

Riesling on October 13, 2012:

what a nice idea

Onlineconection on October 13, 2012:

A lot to learn from this process, especially the unique presentation with photograph. Congratulations.

AnindaPramanik on October 13, 2012:

nice lens .

kanohedvgetsinv on October 13, 2012:

Good details with photos. Definitely one idea in how to make things festive for more than one use. Thanks for the lens.

anonymous on October 13, 2012:

hmmm not really. But many congratulations for the LOTD. (:

fyrdragon350 on October 12, 2012:

i think if you want to add a flair for fright the spider is a perfect addition. Plus when you want to keep that same pumpkin decoration around for the next holiday, you can remove it easily. This project looks really easy and the result is just adorable.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 12, 2012:

Not really but I like this idea for a pumkinless pumpkin.

NightMagic on October 12, 2012:

Nice touch having the spiders on the pumpkin.

anonymous on October 12, 2012:

very attractive and unique lens

SteveKaye on October 12, 2012:

I consider spiders to be a wonderful part of nature because they're all bird food.And wow, this is an amazing craft idea. Thank you for publishing this.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on October 08, 2012:

Very neat pumpkin craft! But yes, I'd probably leave off the spider. :)