10 days to Halloween!!! My pom-pom fever hasn’t subsided so I made this Jack O’ Lantern pom-pom pumpkin!
I love Halloween, though it is not commonly celebrated here (except those costume parties organized meant for adults) but I have experienced it once during my short-term stay in the UK, and that gave me a wonderful memory.
Seeing children dressed up in cute and spooky Halloween costumes, holding a Halloween basket, walking from door to door shouting “Treat or Trick” and they get treats in return, this is cute 🙂
I would love to carve a real pumpkin with spooky expression, place a tea light in it and put it outside my front door but I am in Malaysia… I can’t find this type of pumpkin which is so orangie, big and beautiful, even if there is, the price must be sky-high. All we have here is Kabocha Pumpkin, which has a green blotchy skin that is hard and mmmm… “ugly” but tastes great in cooking.
So, no real pumpkin for me, nevermind! With pom-pom, I can make a small Halloween Pom Pom Pumpkin decoration in just 30 minutes. The step is pretty simple.
- Orange and brown color yarns
- Tacky craft glue
- Black felt (cut into the facial features of a Jack O’ Lantern)
- 45mm pom-pom maker
- Oval-shaped template for trimming the pom-pom into pumpkin-shaped
- A pair of thumb-pins
- A pair of sharp scissors
- Gather all the needed materials and tools as listed above.
- Wind the arm of the pom-pom maker with 2 – 3 layers of orange yarn.
- Change yarn to brown color and wind a layer of brown yarn.
- 3 layers of orange yarn, 1 layer brown, and 3 layers orange again.
- Cut the yarn across and you will see the stripes of brown yarn in between the orange. If you want to know more about the basic of making pom-pom using the pom-pom maker, click here.
- This is pom-pom pumpkin before trimming take place.
You can see the brown stripes run from top to bottom of the pumpkin.
You can tie an additional string on the pom-pom if you plan to hang it.
- Position the pumpkin template on both sides to trim the pom-pom into a pumpkin shape. Read more about trimming a pom-pom fast and easy here if you don’t know how to do it.
- Trim the pom-pom close to the template. Slightly under-trim is better than over-trim. Do the same on the other side, 90 deg to the left or right.
- You can see the brown stripes more clearly now.
- I prefer to apply some fabric glue on the tied string so that the pom-pom’s shape is “fixed”. Make sure that the fabric glue gets into the inside of the center.
- Trim lightly on your pom-pom pumpkin to make it look neat if necessary. Remember to fluff the pom-pom often enough to get the “hiding” yarn out and trim it.
- Lastly, attach the facial features onto the pom-pom with fabric glue. Remember to spread a thick and generous amount (but not overflow) of fabric glue onto the wrong side of the felt, and wait for 5 -10 minutes until it is tacky before mounting them onto the pom-pom.
Here there is, a Jack O’ Lantern, the Pom Pom Pumpkin!
What’s coming up next? Still a pom-pom project…. it is a black widow spider for Halloween. 🙂 Stay tuned!