DIY Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins. Today I’m sharing how to create adorable hoop fall pumpkins using different combinations of scrapbook paper, raffia and felt leaves. They are so easy to create and you probably have most of the supplies you’ll need.
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It’s time for our Handcrafted Society monthly get together hosted by Wendy of WM Design House. If you’re wondering what the Handcrafted Society is all about. Simply put, it’s a group of bloggers who share a love for handcrafted items. Our challenge each month is to take an assigned medium or theme to create whatever our heart desires.
Wendy chose pumpkins as our theme for our October challenge. So let’s get those pumpkins rolling!
If you’re coming over from Hen and House Designs, I’m so happy you’re here. Susan’s wire pumpkin wreath is perfect for decorating your door for fall.
To see last month’s HS project, click on my post How To Make A Paper Bag Fall Wreath.
DIY Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins
I love embroidery hoop projects, and I’ve been looking forward to making hoop pumpkins for the longest time. I’m so excited to share my version, and how easy they are to make.
Before we jump in, I want to point out that I’m not painting or staining my embroidery hoops, deciding instead to leave them in their natural wood color. That way I have the option to change these up next year if I want a different color scheme.
- embroidery hoops various sizes
- scrapbook or craft paper
- craft glue
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- dowel or sticks for the stem
- raffia or ribbon
- felt for leaves (optional)
The first step is to glue the inner and out hoops together with craft glue. (I’m using basic Elmer’s Glue All.) When the glue is dry you can remove the tightening screw. Another option is to use a single hoop for your pumpkins.
Now place your embroidery hoop on your craft paper and trace around the outer edge with a pencil. Depending on the color and design you may want to do this on the back so you can see your pencil line. Use scissors to cut just inside of your pencil line.
Then glue the paper circle on the back of the hoop so that when you turn it over you’ll see the paper design. I’m using Elmer’s again so the paper will be flush with the hoop when it drys.
For the stem you can use a short stick or use a wood dowel. I’m using a scrap piece of dowel that I cut at an angle then glued two or three dowel pieces together. Attach the stick or dowel using your hot glue gun to the top of the hoop.
Next use your hot glue gun to attach felt leaves to the top of the hoop. These add dimension and camouflage the area where the stem attaches to the hoop. I’m listing felt as optional, because you can use craft paper in a coordinating colors or patterns instead.
The last step is to tie raffia to each stem. I’m using three different colors of raffia in green, brown and orange, however natural colored raffia works too. If you don’t have raffia use jute string and/or ribbon.
Coordinating Colors And Patterns
The craft paper I’m using is not necessarily intended for fall, and that’s alright. I’m going for happy patterns and colors to brighten up my kitchen. Here I’m mixing a floral daisy, with a large geometric chevron, and graphic hello paper which looks like a stripe.
Pick paper that that goes with your decor that makes you happy. You may want traditional fall colors or go with a neutral black and white theme. Anything goes here folks.
I’m also including a pumpkin with black and white skeletons for Halloween, as another example of mixing patterns. I think this one may be my favorite.
Displaying Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins
Because embroidery hoop pumpkins are so thin you can prop them up just about anywhere. I’m loving how they look on my wall plate rack, and they don’t take up much room at all.
Add them to your counter, open shelf or book shelf. To display or hang them on a wall or over the mantel glue a loop of string on the back.
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Up next is our guest and my sweet friend Carol of BlueSky at Home. Carol is sharing the cutest yarn pumpkins. I know you’ll love them.
Thank you for visiting today for my version of Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins. Don’t forget to explore all the pumpkin crafts from the Handcrafted Society below. Cheers!
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