Friday, October 4, 2013

Junk Mail Burlap and Gold Pumpkins

What...these don't look like junk mail?  You mean to tell me you don't typically decorate with junk mail?   I don't either, but desperate times call for desperate measures, right? Okay, so I wasn't exactly "desperate," but I was in need of some cheap free pumpkin filler and the closest thing to me at the time was some junk mail.  I ripped it open and crinkled it up and that's what's inside my DIY burlap pumpkin.

These festive fall decorations are really easy and take no more than 5 minutes.  Just fill a plastic shopping back with balled up junk mail, newspaper or other plastic bags and tie the bag tight at the top.


Place the bag in the center of a large square of burlap.  You want the burlap to be big enough that you can bring all the sides together at the top.   Start by pulling one side up.  Then pull the side up that's directly across from it - ie 6 and 12 o'clock rather than 6 and 7 o'clock.    Then pull the other quarters up - ie 9 and 3 o'clock.  Lastly, fold in the corners.   Try to do it as neatly as you can, but it doesn't have to be real flat or anything.
 

Once you have all the burlap together at the top, use a piece of jute rope to wrap around the top.  Pull it tightly to keep all the fabric together.  Wrap it around a bunch of times to make the "stem."

 
When it's secure, simply cut the excess fabric off.   If the fabric is sticking out a little still, you can wrap more rope around the top to hide it.  You can leave these burlap pumpkins plain...


or decorate them with stickers....


 
or do what I did and pull out the bling in the form of a can of gold spraypaint.  


To spray paint the burlap pumpkin I just taped off my design with painters tape and sprayed.


I love the subtle touch of gold with the burlap. Don't you?!




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