Thursday, October 6, 2011

wreath of pumpkins

Here's a great use for those miniature pumpkins that you see in grocery stores and at produce stands this time of year.  For a Halloween decoration that will bring seasonal color to your front door, attach some miniature pumpkins to a plastic foam wreath. 

It's easy to do . . . Just wire the tiny pumpkins to the wreath form, and use sheet moss to fill in the spaces between them. Then cap the wreath with a big black bow, and hang it on the front door. 

Here's how . . .   

heavy-gauge florist wire
nail or ice pick (optional)
miniature pumpkins
plastic foam wreath form
sheet moss
florist pins
wide black ribbon   

Step 1
Use the end of heavy-gauge florist wire to make a hole near the bottom of a miniature pumpkin. Run wire through pumpkin and out the opposite side. You could also use a nail or ice pick to make a hole on either side of the pumpkin, and then insert florist wire.

Step 2
Place the miniature pumpkin on the form; on underside of wreath, twist wire ends together to hold the pumpkin in place. Continue threading and attaching pumpkins with wire until wreath form is completely covered.

Step 3 
Cover exposed areas of wreath form with pieces of sheet moss, securing with florist pins.  

Step 4
Twist a piece of florist wire around the top of the wreath to make a loop for hanging. Make a large bow from wide black ribbon, and attach it near the wire loop. Hang the wreath by the wire loop from a nail or hook inserted in the front door.  

. . . and voil√† ~ a gorgeous wreath 
you can enjoy through the Fall season.

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