Written by: Renee Reiter
During my most recent trip to Hobby Lobby I did as I always do and ended the trip in the ribbon and fabric section so I could torture myself by looking at all the amazing patterns and colors that I desperately want to live in…(is it just me?) Here is just a tiny peek at all of the color and pattern sprinkled around my home…did I mention I love color and pattern a few dozen times yet? 🙂
Other than endless amounts of money, not knowing how to sew at all, is one of the reasons I usually just window shop this section. But on this particular day I was determined to find a reason to use the amazing ribbons I saw!! Now was the perfect time to execute (or at least try) an idea that came to me last year that I never got around to…thanks life lol. A “ribbon pumpkin”, or at least that’s what I have decided to call it for now. If you can think of a good name for it let me know in the comments. Okay, let’s jump in:
Supplies photos above, minus the 24 hour Air Dry Modeling Clay that I also used, somehow that missed the photo shoot.
- Foam Ball
- Ribbon or fabric strips (this is a great way to use scrap pieces)
- Brown Acrylic Paint
- Small Paint brush
- 24 Hour Air Dry Modeling Clay (no bake)
- Sparkle green pipe cleaners
- Fake fall leaves
- Vintage/Antique knob
- Applique/Sequin Pins
First I cut the some of the circle off so that it would have a flat bottom to sit on. Then I cut my ribbon to length. Just make sure they are long enough to go from the top middle of the circle and wrap under to the bottom. There is one of my fur babies (Lexi) giving her stamp of approval.
I took my time laying out the ribbons in different orders and patterns (on the couch, where all good DIY is done lol) until I landed on one I liked best. Then it was finally time for the fun part! Attaching them. I actually tried this step two ways because I wasn’t sure which would work best. I first tried attaching the ribbons one at a time but that ended up looking very slanted, as seen below.
So I took all that off and started again with a new method that ended up working much better. I laid stacked my ribbons one on top of another (no more than 5 at a time) and pushed one sequin pin through the top middle.
Then I attached that to the top middle of the ball and fanned them out until they looked right. Then attached the bottoms of the ribbon to the bottom of the foam ball one at a time. I promise it goes really quick though. Helpful Hint: If you don’t have a thimble wear a bandaid backwards on your thumb so that the padded part is on the non nail side of your thumb…it will save your thumb some pain.
Now I just needed a way to attach my heavy vintage knob to the top. It was important to me that I be able to easily change the ribbon or fabric on my pumpkin year to year; so I didn’t want to attached the knob in too permanent of a way. I thought modeling clay might be best since I could mold it to fit the top of the ball and the knob but it could also be removed easily from the top for changing.
It felt like 2 weeks waiting for the 24 hour dry time for the clay to be up. There were times I caught myself starring at it…almost as if I could will it to dry faster. I was good though and I waited for it to completely dry before painting it. Then came the really really fun part, dressing it all up! I just used fake leaves and pipe cleaners.
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– Sincerely Renee & Jessica