Pinterest fails are famous on the web, but once in a while a trial works out. I saw these pumpkins made out of canning jar lids on several websites, and remembered the large bag of leftover lids from the mason jars that my daughter and son-in-law gave out as favors at their wedding--four years ago--which I still had in a closet.
Getting the lids evenly coated took about four coats, but I'm not a very experienced spray paint user. The pumpkins called for 24 canning jar lids. After watching a couple of videos, I chose to use large zip ties to hold them into the pumpkin shape. Fortunately, I also had some of those on hand. The only thing I purchased for the project was the spray paint.
That worked pretty well and was more secure, I thought, than raffia or yarn.
I had just enough cinnamon sticks in the cupboard to make two pumpkin stems. I hot glued the sticks together and into the center, and used the raffia to cover up the glue. I also cut a couple of circles of scrapbooking stock and hot glued those to the pumpkin bottoms to help keep the sticks in. Pretty cute, huh? I gave DD Elaine one and kept the other. I haven't got any real pumpkins yet, but grandson Cove (20 months) visited the pumpkin patch the other day with his mom and dad.
He had a good time riding in the cart with the three big family pumpkins and carrying around a warty gourd. Not pictured is a tiny pumpkin that represents his baby brother arriving in March. Cove spent the night with Mimi and Papa last night and the better part of today and we had a great time playing, as usual. We look forward to meeting our next grandson in another few months! This grandparent gig is the best :)