Grapevine Pumpkin

 

Have you noticed the grapevine garland at your craft store? People use it for all different reasons and decorations….but I realized I could turn some into a pumpkin. And for so cheap, why not?

 

 

All you’ll need is some grapevine garland and some floral wire. If you can find dark brown wire, that would be best.

(I paid about $3 for my garland……if you can’t find it locally for around that price, there’s a link here and here to buy some online. But if it starts getting too pricey…..then it’s not worth it and you’d be better off just buying the pumpkin already made. Just thought I’d share!)

 

Start by unwinding your garland. Then make a loop at one end, letting the very end hang out because this will become the vine of the pumpkin at the end. Then start wrapping some floral wire around the grapevine, securing the loop in place. Pull it tight. ( Just use your whole roll of wire because you’ll be using a lot……you don’t want to cut a big piece of wire and try wrapping that around and around. It will get all tangled and messy if you do.)

 

Then make another loop and continue winding the wire around both loops several times……pulling really tight. And I mean tight…..otherwise it won’t hold its shape. Yes, your hands may get a bit sore. The grapevine is kind of pokey.

 

Continue to add one loop at a time, making sure the loops are all about the same size…..and pulling tight as you wrap the wire around each loop several times before adding a new loop.

 

Here’s what you’ll have at the end.

 

The spread all of your section around to form a sphere shape.

 

Then, the garland that I bought had little pieces of the grapevine wrapped around the garland to keep it all together. So I just cut that off…..

 

And then I spread all of the pieces apart.

 

But you might find large gaps in your sphere……

 

So turn it over to the bottom and pull a little from each side of the gap and pinch it together…

 

And then wrap some wire around it.

 

And then pull together any other gaps that you may notice…..keeping all of the wire along the bottom so that you’ll never see it.

 

Then, turn your pumpkin back over and collect all of the ends and hold them together really tight, as you wrap wire around them to keep them in place.

 

(Then, since I didn’t have any brown wire, I just spray painted my wire with some brown and it softened it a lot. You can still see the wire but with the pumpkin looking so rustic…..I figured it didn’t matter.)

 

And you’re done. Another nice autumn decoration to add to your home.

 

 

Note: One thing I may do differently next time is soak the grapevine for a day and see how it works using pliable grapevine. Then, as it dries, it will keep its shape….just how you’d like it. So give it a try if you’re wanting to try something new. (Pssst…..then let me know how it turned out!!!)

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49 Responses to “Grapevine Pumpkin”
  1. 1
    khloverofjesus says:

    i have randomly found your website some time ago and I just think that you are SO creative!! I love this idea and am going to try it this weekend!

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    Nichole says:

    LOVE this!!! Its on my MUST do list along with the wheat bucket from the other day! I LOVE FALL!

  3. 3
    Me and My Family says:

    very cute! That is a great idea for a garland. What gave you the idea?

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    Jamie says:

    You are so clever! I am loving all your autumn projects!

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    Grammy Suzzy and DJ Doran says:

    This is just soooo cute, and it was so helpful for you to come up with a relatively 'simple' way to do it. I may try it! Thanks

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    Marilyn says:

    So, cute. I love it when something simple can look so cute!!!

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    Linds@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY says:

    GET.OUT.! I need to make one NOW! You should come check out my halloween wire tree! It remindsme of this!
    Linds

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    Kelsee says:

    I love this. I always wanted to know how they made those, and now I do! I have a ton of grapevine left from a wedding I did, so I will be doing that this weekend. And it is easier to use it if you soak in water. Thanks for showing this! -Kelsee

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    Jessica says:

    Very cute indeed :)

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    Brenbren says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I have been wanting one, but didn't want to spend $20 on it! THanks! I can't wait to try this! Also, thanks for the fantastic giveaway! I hope I win!

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    Kari @ Ucreate says:

    This is soooooo fabulous!! Thanks to you my house will have some fun, inexpensive, BEAUTIFUL decor!!

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    Matt & Staci says:

    Very CUTE! They remind me of the pumpkins on Pottery Barn right now that I have been wanting to make. Thanks for the great idea!

    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/rattan-pumpkins/?pkey=challoween-all

  13. 13
    Sarah says:

    Cute idea! I love your blog. :)

  14. 14
    Anne says:

    I love it! wow!

  15. 15
    Wendy says:

    What a great idea!

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    The Gosfam says:

    Thanks for the tip–I will see if I can get to the store to get these done. I was thinking to add a fabric leaf with autumn colors. Who knows I will see if I actually get around to doing it.

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    Shannon says:

    I was just looking at one like this at Target tonight! Fabulous! I would love to try it out, and make my own.

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    Aubree @ The Weathered Cottage says:

    i just found 2 of these in targets dollar spot for $2.50. was it cheaper than that cuz ill be sad :(

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    michelle@somedaycrafts says:

    Why do you always have to be the one who comes up with these amazing ideas? Why can't I think of them? AWESOME pumpkin. Totally unique and totally beautiful. I've featured this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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    littlegreen says:

    oh my goodness, how cute!

  21. 21
    Barb says:

    cute cute cute!!

    Thanks for sharing your idea.
    Barbara jean

  22. 22
    StephHarris says:

    It would be very cute to add some orange lights to the inside and make it glow. I'm going to have to go get the supplies to make some of these!

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    Rebecca Baca says:

    genius

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    edeenut says:

    you could also add big ribbon to the stem to hid e a bit of the wire.
    These are so cute, thanks for sharing!

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    Deborah Raymond says:

    Thanks for the great project! I posted a link on my blog.

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    pam says:

    Just found this on One Pretty Thing! I can't wait to try this. I've seen similar grapevine pumpkins in the stores but never thought I could make one so easily! Thank you! And my pumpkin collection thanks you!

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    Julie says:

    LOVE IT and tried it!!! i tried 2, the first I did like you did and the second one I soaked like you suggested and…..so worth the wait, it took minutes to put together, I didn't even have to wire each piece just made the pumpkin and put wire around the middle once. the only hard part was the wet hands pulling the wire tight. my second one looks more even too. I think I might make some more! thanks soooo much for sharing this idea!

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    northern cottage says:

    Hey there – just wanted to let you know VERY cute I think this project is (your whole darn blog in fact!!) I was featured by Someday Crafts & in my latest post I added a link to this project — check 'er out!
    http://northerncottage.blogspot.com/

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    melissa * 320 Sycamore says:

    Ashley~how have I missed your blog? I love it and love this project~
    Melissa

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    Stephanie says:

    I am addicted to your blog..thank you for the great ideas! I love and think it is so cute (I was going to put a small strand of Christmas lights in it to see how it looked lite up)but I am sad because I just got back from Michaels (I live in Canada) and the garlands are $16.99 each! I can't justify making it for that price. Does anyone have a suggestion as to where else I could find this?

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    Tracy Suzanne says:

    Hi Ashley. I just found you from Northern Cottage. This is such a cute and natural. I love your blog and I'll be following you.
    Thanks for sharing so much…Tracy :)

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    Heather J says:

    i like. really cute. i must make this.

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    jc says:

    I can't wait to try this! I haven't been able to make myself spend the $20 for the lighted ones at HobLob. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

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      April says:

      Gosh the ones I have been seeing are running aroung $35 to $99!!!!!! NO WAY!!!! Its so much more rewarding looking at these and knowing you made it!!!

  34. 34
    kristen s says:

    Hi there – do you remember if you used 15 ft of garland? I know it was a year ago, but I am just seeing this awesome craft now. :)

  35. 35
    Ashley says:

    Hi Kristen,

    I can't remember what length I bought. 15 feet sounds about right. Maybe 10? I'm not sure….ack, I wish I could! And be sure to soak it first like I mention at the end. Another reader tried that and it worked better for her.

    Ashley

  36. 36
    Candace @ Candace Creations says:

    Great tutorial as always! I loved this post and linked to it on my Fall Crafts and Decor Link Party!

    http://candacecreations.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-decor-tutorial-linky.html

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    InstantKarma75 says:

    I love how autumn brings out the desire to use everything we have and not to just buy everything off the shelf. (Also referring to the pumpkin and sausage recipe here.)
    I think its great that crafting, sewing, and designing come first. That shows the the family comes first! Baseboards never grow up–but believe me, the babies do, and so much faster than imaginable.
    Cheers to you and a wonderful tute!

    (Well the stuff on the baseboards could eventually grow but I am sure no crafter ever sees that happen!)

    Rambling off somewhere else now :)

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    April says:

    Thank goodness for this website!!!!! I have been wanting to make these forever!! I did infact soak the grapevine in water for a few hours and it did help mold the pumpkins easier!! I also wrapped orange, white and purple sting lights in each one!!! The orange and white look better in my opinion. But saved me tons of money making these awesome little guys!! I plan to make tons more to have all over the place for my wedding!!! Thank you so much for the instructions!!!

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    Charlotte says:

    I found this on Pinterest and I have to say, I love it! I was thinking when I try it to perhaps use green wire at the top and wrap completely and let it curl out all over for a full vine effect.

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    Jean says:

    Thanks so much. I saw a decorated one at a craft show for $40 a couple of years ago. It had white lights and some fall leaves and ribbon. I’m going to try it this weekend.

  41. 41

    I make a lot of grapevine wreaths and the vines are MUCH easier to work with when they have been soaked. Laying them out on your lawn when it is raining works real well too. Wear an old raincoat while doing this because they can be pretty messy. Also look around for friends that have grapevines. Once a year they have to cut them back and I’m sure if you offer to help you just may score yourself a load of grapevines. Good luck & Happy Crafting.

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