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Decorative Mini Pumpkins

Halloween has come and gone but don't put away your pumpkins just yet.  Pioneer Press Lifestyle Columnist, Donna Erickson shared how to make DIY centerpieces that are perfect for Thanksgiving Day.

 

Decorative Mini Pumpkins

Supplies:

  • One clean pumpkin with a flat-top surface.
  • Water-soluble white glue that dries clear, such as Mod Podge Matte finish or a low-temp glue gun.
  • Sphagnum moss available in garden centers or craft stores
  • Several succulents. Use cuttings from your garden or purchase at garden centers.
  • Natural add-ons such as seedpods, acorns, tiny pine cones, eucalyptus

How to make it:

  1. Set mini pumpkin on a newspaper-covered work surface. Remove stem with clippers, being careful not to cut into the pumpkin.
  2. Drizzle glue around the top area of the pumpkin in swirls. Cover with the moss, about 1/2-inch thick, pressing firmly in place. Let dry.
  3. Remove roots and soil from the succulents. Dip short stems into glue and poke into the moss. For balance, place a tall succulent for a focal point near the center and add remaining succulents and add-ons around it over the moss. An adult or older child may use a glue gun to affix the add-ons, if you prefer.

Felted Acorns

Supplies:

  • A piece of 2 x 6-inch slightly stretched out wool roving
  • Small bowl of hot water with a drop or two of liquid detergent
  • Acorn cap
  • Hot glue gun or glue suitable for fabrics

Here’s the fun using a “wet felting” technique: 

  1. Roll up the first inch or so of the wool, then twist it slightly and continue rolling it into a loose ball. Smooth the loose end over the ball. It will be about the size of a large cotton ball, but will eventually become about half the size as fibers eventually mesh.
  2. Wet the ball with the soapy water. Toss it back and forth from hand to hand over the bowl while occasionally dipping it in the soapy water. (Soapy water changes the ph of the wool, and helps the fibers to open. The hotter the water, the faster it felts.) Be gentle, and continue rolling it around in your hand.  Feel it come together in a ball shape. Stretch fibers slightly to round it out, if necessary.
  3. Rinse in clear water. Gently squeeze out water. Let dry.
  4. Glue cap to the ball.