Sunday, September 15, 2013

Buttons and Burlap Pumpkins - An Easy Pictorial

It's not too early to be thinking about Fall decorating is it? I mean heck, here in Texas we've been in the low nineties this weekend. Ha!
I know this is not a new idea, but I like it!  I pinned the idea a really long time ago and just never got around to creating these cute button pumpkins until now.

To recreate my pumpkins, you will need:
Foam pumpkins
Black buttons
Spanish moss
Burlap ribbon
Pearl head pins
Alene's quick dry tacky glue
Hot glue gun
First, you start off with a foam pumpkin.  Mine are medium sized (approximately 8" wide) and I got them at Walmart for $4.95 each.
You'll also need a bunch of black buttons.  I really love the vintage buttons at Papertrey Ink.  You gets lots of buttons in all sizes for $5.00.  The bag full was more than plenty for my two pumpkins.
I used Aleen's Quick Dry Tacky Glue to adhere the buttons.  It dries fast, but not so fast you cant get them just how you want them before they're stuck.  The glue goes on white, but dries clear.
Next I added some Spanish moss.  Using my hot glue gun on the low setting, I added a liberal amount of glue just to the top area around the stem.
I do this in small sections so the glue doesn't cool and I don't get a good adhesion.  Even on the low setting, the glue is still hot so be careful getting your fingers in the hot glue!
This is how it should look when you get all the moss glued around the top.  It doesn't have to be perfect either, just covering the top is good.
Next I added the burlap ribbon.  Since the pumpkin is foam, I was able to use the little pearl head pins to attache the ribbons.  It's easier than using the hot glue.  You can get them just right and you won't burn your fingers.
Just add the pins where you want to tuck in the ribbon to form the type of bow your going for.  If you dont like it, pull the pis out and start all over!
The burlap ribbon I used on the BOO pumpkin is one I had in my stash from last year.  I used it on my bed spring crow's nest HERE.
I only had enough ribbon to do one pumpkin, so off I went to Walmart to get more.  They no longer carry that type, but they had another one that is wider and much softer.  I actually prefer working with the new one better.
I love how they turned out and they were really pretty easy to make.  The hardest part was getting the buttons just right.  What kind of pumpkins are you making this year? Please share with me!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

I'm Linking to:

Under the Table and Dreaming by Stephanie Lynn
, The Self Sufficient Home Acre , The Chicken Chick,  Sew Can Do 

Craft-O-Maniac, Between Naps on the Porch, DIY Home Sweet Home
, Keeping it  Simple , The Dedicated House, Skip to my Lou
Married Filing JointlyHome Coming,  The Princess and Her Cowboys

Not Just a Housewife, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia,  Sugar Bee CraftsNew NostalgiaIt's your Life,   
Get Your Crap Together  ,  BeBetsy,  Fluster Buster

Clean and Scentsible, Lady Behind the CurtainFamily Home and Life,  Ducks n a Row, 
VMG206.  Herrban MommaFamily Home & Life  ,Oh My! Creative

Bloom,  Two Yellow Birds Decor,  The Taylor House.  52 Mantels,  Domesblissity,  Redfly Creations,   4 You With Love,  Sweet Haute

Lil’ Luna,,  Tatertots and JelloFive Simple Things,  Craftionary,  Diana Rambles,    I Heart Nap Time

Angels HomesteadPositively Splendid,   Or So She Says Your Homebased Mom What's Cooking with Ruthie

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  1. Nice decoration for Halloween!
    Do you like to link at
    my autumn & Halloween Spezial?
    Greetings Form Germany!

  2. Hi, I love these Halloween decorations that you made. I saw it on craft on maniac.
    Julie from

  3. I love the look of your embellished pumpkins. Super Cute. I am pinning your post.

  4. Hi there... Jumped over from the BeBetsey party.... These are adorable! I'm a new follower and can't wait to see what you do next! Hope you'll come check out my blog, as well!

    Suzie @ Dorothy Sue and Millie B's too

  5. love your pumpkins so fun and what creativity
    come see us at

  6. I love this! I love how you used buttons! I'd love for you to link up at my craft party this week! It's running all week and featured projects are also featured on FB and in our Newsletter! :)


  7. These are adorable! What a great idea!

  8. These are so cute. They look fun to make too. I love the burlap bows on top too.

  9. These are darling pumpkins! What a super cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation. I am going to be featuring these at tonights link party!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this post at last weeks Saturday Spotlight on Angels Homestead!

    Hope to see you again this week!



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