I got my first foam pumpkins a few weeks ago. Giddy with the idea of decorating a pumpkin without having to throw it away November 1st, my crafty wheels started turning. How about embroidery? Bingo.
I'm loving how cute it looks, especially since it turned out to be a simple 'craft-while-watching-TV' kind of project. One episode of The Real Housewives and you'll be good to go. Here's how I made mine...
1) Draw your design with chalk. This way if you mess up, you can just wipe it away and try again.
2) Using a skewer, poke holes in the pumpkin along your design. Do this gently, the paint on the outside of the foam is really delicate. Wipe off excess chalk.
3) Thread yarn through a large needle and knot at the eye. (You could also use embroidery floss or ribbon.) My craft pumpkins came bottomless, but if you find one that doesn't you can cut it out to thread the needle.
4) Weave the yarn in and out of the punched holes. I used a technique called back stiching to get a clean line for the tag and letters. Here's a good how-to video.
That's it! So many design possibilities I'd like to try with this technique. Monograms are definitely on my list. A white web with a black spider would look adorable too. Do you think you'll try it? I hope so!
P.S. I'm sharing this post with Get Your Craft On with Today's Creative Blog. So many fun fall projects!