Have you seen those cutie patootie sweater pumpkins rolling around Pinterest? Well I have and I love 'em. So I decided to give it a go. Look at how cute they are:
I decided to go nuts with this sweater, chopping off any useable tube shaped area I could find. This one sweater yielded SIX pumpkins; one big one from the main part of the sweater (armpit to the waist), two from each sleeve and a bonus one from the turtle neck area of the sweater.
I was pulling the final pieces of this project together while I had the TV on last night. There was a new show on called Extreme Cheapskates and I had to laugh because I didn't pay a penny for anything to make these pumpkins. Of course, I do it for the environment and not the pennies, but still I had to chuckle.
So, how did I do it? I started with this fabulous no-sew tutorial from the Country Chic Cottage. I did make a couple of adjustments to suit my needs but here's how I spent ZERO dollars and ZERO cents:
- Used an old sweater that was sitting in the back of my closet since who knows when
- Used fishing string to "sew" with, I always have that laying around for drying my paper beads
- Grabbed a few corks for the stems from the collection that my sister-in-law gave me
- Created leaves from corn husks that I actually dried from the summers BBQs
- Finally tore apart those lumpy, bumpy pillows and reused the stuffing (you know I saved the pretty fabric for later use, too)
And there you have it - a cheap and easy yet super cute way to decorate the garden, porch or kitchen table for Halloween.