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Jul272017

My Attempt at Crafting

Not all of us are great at crafts. Some of us get on Pinterest and see all the amazing things people are making, and decide it would be better just to pay someone else to do it.

I definitely fall in this category.

Nevertheless, every now and then I get the itch to try and create something. In an effort to get into the fall spirit I decided to make pumpkin-themed craft. I’ve included the steps below, in case you would like to replicate it.

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1. Buy the supplies. Easy enough, since it’s only 4 things. You need:

  • 20 mason jar lids—I could only find a box that sold 12, so I had to buy two.
  • Cinnamon sticks—I bought these at the grocery store, but I found out later that you can buy them for much cheaper at a craft store.
  • Yarn—It’s better if you buy orange yarn, but I already owned a brownish yarn from a previous failed crafting attempt, so I decided to go with that. (Side note: crocheting is REALLY hard. Another side note: I have some barely-used crochet needles if anyone wants them.)
  • Orange spray paint—I went with “Gloss Pumpkin Orange” from Walmart, because obviously.
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2. Get annoyed already and make a bagel. Cream cheese has always been your friend. Don’t neglect it.

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3. Paint the metal bands. You actually don’t need the lids, so you can toss those aside until you suddenly decide to take up canning…or something. You should definitely be outside or in a well-ventilated area for this step. Let the bands dry for a few hours or overnight.

4. Paint the other side of the bands. I didn’t do this, so I don’t have pictures. My bands ended up having a ton of the metal showing through, which I actually think looks kinda cool. But if you want a nice solid orange pumpkin, don’t skip this step.

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5. Thread the yarn through the bands. It’s a good idea to make sure they’re all pointing the same way. It helps them to lay better and fan out more evenly. Once this is done, tie the string together and fan out the bands.

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6. Spray with finishing spray (optional). This seals the paint and prevents it from washing off or scratching. I already had this spray from yet another failed crafting attempt long ago, so I went ahead and used it, but it’s not super necessary. I think I bought it at Target. I’m sure you can find it almost anywhere, though.

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7. Use cinnamon sticks for the stem. I found out after I bought these that 4-inch sticks are the best option for this. Mine are only 3 inches, so the stem looks a little short.

And there you have it! Easy enough! Maybe I could even learn to enjoy making crafts like this!

Ehh, probably not.

–Morgan

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