Last year there seemed to be an explosion of creative pumpkin and gourd decorating ideas on blogs, in magazines, and on Pinterest. I chipped in with my crochet-covered faux pumpkins, which got a lot of "pins" on Pinterest, much to my delight:
This year, I thought I'd try something a little more colorful using my beloved feedsack fabric yoyos. If you want to duplicate this project, I'm posting the easy directions here for you.
When you decide on the color scheme for your pumpkins, get some spray paint for the background. I prefer the type that's not high gloss, so try to find a satin or a matte finish if possible. Cover the pumpkin stems with tin foil and tape.
Spray your pumpkins with your chosen colors and let them dry thoroughly.
Pick out your yoyos in the color family to match your background color. Using a hot glue gun, glue the yoyos onto your pumpkin until it's covered to your satisfaction. You're done!
If anyone in this world has a lot of yoyos, it's me. My mom came to visit this summer and helped me clean out my craft room. In the process, we discovered all my secret hiding places where I'd been stashing yoyos. Even I have to admit I have enough to last a lifetime!
I'm going to package some yoyos for crafters and list them in my Etsy shop. There are so many cool things you can make with vintage yoyos! Right now I have kits listed to make your own yoyo flowers like the examples pictured below:
I'm going to join a couple link parties this week, including Nifty Thrifty Things, Sweet Sharing Monday, Today's Creative Blog, Etcetorize, Ginger Snap Crafts, Petite Hermine, Brambleberry Cottage, My Romantic Home, and A Bowl Full of Lemons.