If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I love decorating for different seasons, not just for Christmas! BUT, unlike the US we tend to skip the whole autumn season and fast forward straight from summer to Christmas. Literally .. August to December in a nanosecond!! OK, with a tiny bit of Halloween thrown in for the kids .. And so unfortunately there’s not as much choice for autumn decor in the shops. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own! And making your own autumn decor doesn’t come much easier than this pumpkin. All you need is a toilet roll (yes .. just a bog standard roll – pardon the pun..), some material and a twig from the garden. And perhaps some (fake) leaves and ribbon to finish it off.
here’s what you need
- A toilet roll
- Some material – approx 55 x 55 cm – I bought mine from www.alwaysknittingandsewing.com
- A stick from your garden or the local park
- Some leaves (I used artificial ones) or some ribbon to make a cute messy bow
- A bit of raffia – messy but a lot of fun!
- A small bit of string
making your pumpkins
Here’s how to make your own super-simple toilet pumpkin in just a few minutes, with not a hot glue gun in sight!!
Start by unrolling the toilet roll approximately 10 rounds. The more you unwind, the bigger your pumpkin will be. Next, you roll it back up again without worrying about lining it up. You’re aiming for a bit of a rounder shape. You should have something like this:
Once you’ve done this, grab yourself some material – I made one in a traditional orange colour and one in black/white. Not everyone likes orange in their home and it’s just to show how you can go off the beat ‘n track and just have a bit of fun with this project. In any material or colour you like! Do you have any old scarfs/shawls you don’t use anymore? Perfect! The material I used was approximately 55 x 55 cm which turned out perfect for what I needed.
Next you’re going to just take a corner and tuck it into the hole in the middle. Follow the material along and just continue this process all along the roll. Just grap a bit of material, fold it and tuck it into the hole. You may not want to tuck it in too tightly to keep that round shape you want, but you can always pluck out some of the material when you’ve finished.
You should now have something like this. Pretty cute already, right?
the finishing touches
I actually made these pumpkins on a Facebook Live, which you can catch here if you want to follow along! I wasn’t completely happy with how they turned out so took them apart after the live and made the toilet roll a bit poofier (is that even a word? .. it is now!) – it just needed a bit of a rounder shape to it and now I think they look super-cute!
To finish it off I cut off some twigs from the garden. I cut mine fairly long to make sure I could tuck them right in and still have enough room left over to attach a ribbon. On the orange pumpkin I used some fake leaves that I cut off some flowers I no longer needed. The black pumpkin has a cute little bow to finish it off. It’s the EASIEST messy bow and if you’ve not seen how to make these, you can check out my post here where a video shows you step by step. You’ll never make a bow any other way!
And here’s how they look in our kitchen. I’m really pleased how they’ve turned out and think they’re great for adding a bit of colour and autumn fun into your home! Oh, and the little cutey hedgehog is just the perfect finishing touch! I bought him in our local garden centre and will probably go back and treat myself to the larger one too. They’re absolutely adorable and you can find them on Amazon here if you want to treat yourself to these cuties!
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