It wouldn’t be fall without a whole lot of pumpkin decor, and this easy-to-make idea from Effortless Girl requires only four materials and will last you all season long.
What You Need
Roll of toilet paper
Roll of jute twine
Colored yarn (pick your favorite autumn colors like orange, brown, rust and yellows)
Craft glue or Elmer’s glue
What To Do:
1. Begin by threading the end of the twine through the roll and tying a tight knot. After you tie the knot, shimmy the knot into the middle of the roll so it is hidden.
2. Pull plenty of twine from the roll. Make a mental note to pull only the amount that you can force through the center of the paper roll. You should pull only half of what you need at first. It is easy to tie another knot as you go along for more twine. Cut the end of the pulled twine from the roll.
3. Begin by wrapping the twine four or five times around one section of the roll. Then turn the roll 1/4 around and repeat. This process will repeat until the entire roll is covered in twine. By doing it in quarter turns, the twine inside the roll stays firmly against the side so as you push and pull the excess in and out of the roll it doesn’t tangle the extra twine. It also keeps the paper evenly mashed down so that one side doesn’t bulge to the point you can’t evenly cover it.
4. You may run out of twine from the wrapping process. Don’t worry. Repeat the first step. Tie the end of the old twine to the new and conceal the knot inside the roll. Pull extra twine from the roll at this point and clip the end from the roll when you have plenty. Continue wrapping the roll in twine in quarter turns until it is fully covered.
5. Once the roll is completely covered, take the end of the twine and tuck it under a strand that is already on the roll. Dab a bit of glue over the entire edge of the twine and allow to dry. This will seal the end to keep the twine from unraveling.
6. Go outside and look for a small stick that is roughly the width of the hole in the top of the roll. You are making the pumpkin “stem.”
7. Gently push the stick into the hole on the top of the pumpkin to finish the project.
Pro Tip: Let glue dry overnight before placing the stick at the top. If you want a taller pumpkin, use a paper towel roll instead.