Terrain Hack: Miniature White Pumpkin Wreath

I posted about this wreath yesterday on my home page because I have been so excited to make one of my own!

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While I love spring and summer, I really really look forward to fall.  I love the changing colors, the new smells in the air.  I love that for 3 months you can cram as much pumpkin as possible into any recipe and it’s ok (and preferential!). I love how the light outside seems to be coming in at a different angle (or is it really?  Any science nerds want to confirm that for me?) and alter the colors and hues of everything about midday.  It’s kind of a romantic time, isn’t it?

It’s also the perfect time of year to start cozy-fying your home.  There’s just something about organic, earthy elements that make everything feel cozy and comfortable.  Fresh squash and zucchini and gourds in the kitchen.  Loosely woven wicker baskets full of quilts in the living room, next to the fireplace (if only I had a fireplace…  My imaginary home is becoming more and more welcoming).  And how about a nice grape vine wreath with miniature white pumpkins hanging on the front door to announce to friends and neighbors that this is a warm, cozy, friendly place to come visit?  *nice segue, right?*

Well that’s where I decided to start.

This was incredibly simple to make.  In fact, I almost feel silly posting about it, but for the sake of trying to make a name for myself and my blog, here we go!

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I used:

  • one grapevine wreath, mine is about about 16 inches I think.  Just pick one as large or small as you need.
  • 12 white miniature pumpkins.  I found these at Smith’s for .89 each.  You’ll want more or less, just depending on how much space you want between the pumpkins, and depending on the size of your wreath.
  • glue gun and hot glue.

That’s it!

I was hesitant about just gluing these pumpkins to the wreath.  The pumpkins are fairly heavy and these wreaths just don’t give much gluing surface, ya know?  I thought about drilling holes and using wire to string the pumpkins up and attach them, but I didn’t want them to rot and have to throw this wreath away before I even get any use out of it!  So be very generous with your glue, then be sure to go back and fill in any holes you can get to with the glue.  I think I went through 4 or 5 of the long sticks.

Here’s what you do:

1. Wipe down your pumpkins with a damp cloth or paper towel.  Make sure the bottoms are really clean so the glue can do it’s job.

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2. Do a trial run.  Arrange the pumpkins around the wreath and space them out as evenly as you can.  Some places are a little tricky since there are vines that wrap everything together; there are some uneven spots, so just watch out for that.

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3. Once your glue gun is hot and your pumpkins are arranged, start gluing.  You’ll glue on the bottom side so that the stems stick out.

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Be sure to cover it really well.

4. Put the pumpkin, glue-side down, back where you had it in the arrangement.  Press it down to cover as much of the wreath’s surface as you can.  Check for any holes and fill them with glue.  It’s ok if it’s goopy underneath.  No one sees that part.  :)

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5. Repeat all the way around until all of your pumpkins are securely glued to the wreath.

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6. Check for places that need to be reinforced.  Again, just fill it with glue.  Don’t be shy.

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7. Let it all sit for an hour or so.

8. When it’s dry, check each pumpkin to make sure it’s not wiggly or loose.  You might need to use some more glue.

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I am going to do a test-run with this wreath and keep it inside for a week or so, just to make sure it’s strong enough and that nothing falls off.

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Doesn’t it nicely fill that empty place over my hutch?

When I hang it outside, I’ll probably add a ribbon, but we’ll see.

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There ya have it!  One hacked Terrain-inspired miniature pumpkin wreath for a fraction of the Terrain price!

- B

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