Sunday, October 25, 2015

Not a Pinterest Fail

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 :)

8 comments:

Kate said...

Cute pumpkins! Looks like Cove had a great time riding with the pumpkins.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

I have also seen this on Pinterest and thought it looked like a great idea. Such a happy boy with a big smile

Patrica Dowell said...

Cove of course steals the show but your Pinterest pumpkins are a winner too. I love it when a plan comes together.

Janet O. said...

Such clever pumpkins. I always have to wonder--who thinks of these things?
Cove is such a cutie. A brother on the way? Wonderful!

Barb said...

love these and Cole is adorable!!

Mary said...

What a clever idea and your's turned out so well!

Tanya said...

Cove has gotten so big! Your mason jar pumpkins are fantastic! What a great idea! And I like your haunted house wallhanging better than I like my haunted house post card (made and sent to my mother) Halloween over and its time to think of Christmas quilts!

Sherrill said...

Remember I had mentioned I heard on TV that there was a potential pumpkin shortage? It obviously didn't affect us here as there was a local church that had a big pumpkin patch to raise funds and on 10/31 there were still a LOT of pumpkins left. Poor pumpkins never found a home :-(