Post Contributor: Olivia Gratehouse
In continuation with our fall-themed crafts, I come with the next installment in what I have dubbed the “Pumpkin Series.” Today’s endeavor is a Twine Pumpkin Luminary in which you can utilize that strand of Christmas lights that lie unused in the attic while you await the holidays. This project is easy and a little messy, but so much fun!
You will need:
- a ball of twine
- a balloon
- a sponge brush
- white glue (any kind will do)
- rubber gloves (if you don’t want to get your hands dirty)
- a small strand of Christmas lights (50 to 100-count)
- a stick (for the stem so it needs to be small enough to fit inside, but also pretty thick)
Blow up your balloon and tie off the end, keeping in mind that it shouldn’t be too big so that it retains it’s roundish shape. Pour glue into a bowl, and use a sponge brush to coat the balloon.
Next, cut your twine into strands long enough to wrap around the balloon, but not too long so that it tangles. Dip the twine into the glue and begin sticking it to the balloon, starting at the base. Go in all different directions, but leave a hole at the top and the bottom. Tuck in the ends of each strand behind each other.
It should look like this:
When it’s how you want it, use the sponge brush to coat it with one more layer of glue. Now, in the tutorial I followed they said to let it dry for merely two hours before popping the balloon.
Unfortunately, two hours was apparently not enough, because this was the result:
So, after peeling the strands of twine off the balloon, I washed them, let them dry, and reused them (waste not, want not!). My second time was much more successful:
I can’t give an exact time, because it really depends on how much glue you use. Just let the twine become as stiff as a basket. (I actually let mine dry overnight to be on the safe side.) When you pop the balloon, you need to work your way around the twine, peeling the balloon as you go, because the glue keeps it from deflating.
Afterwards, simply start molding it, pressing in the top and bottom to give it that pumpkin shape.
Lastly, fit the strand of lights through the hole in the top, and pull out a little through the bottom (enough to reach a plug in the wall). Arrange the stick at the top, plug it in, and you have a lovely luminary for the fall season!
Don’t forget to sign your kids (tweens, teens, & yourself) up for my mixed media art workshop, The Art of Fall. Click on the image for more info.
Olivia is an aspiring novelist, a classically-trained pianist, and a tea addict. She is a home school graduate and is now attending Bible college. She enjoys reading, cooking, crafting, and quoting movies. She is an avid Whovian and a Disney fanatic. Olivia is currently writing her first novel.