Thursday, August 27, 2020

Decorate a Wire Pumpkin Using a Simple Macrame Knot


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Create a beautifully designed wire pumpkin from the dollar store using a simple macrame spiral knot. It's one of the prettiest knots and oh so simple to make! The knot is repeatedly tied around the wire pumpkin to create an amazing look for the Fall season. Perfect to share at our monthly Creative Craft Blog Hop!

Supplies Needed:
Wire Pumpkin - Dollar Tree
Natural Cord - Hobby Lobby 135ft. 4.5mm roll
Yard Stick/Scissors
FabriTac Fabric Glue

Let's start with a wire pumpkin from the Dollar Tree - that is, if you're lucky to find one. I went to three before I was able to get one. And then, only after asking. An employee was holding ten for herself and offered to give me one. Gee, thanks a lot!
But before we get started with actually tying the spiral knots, you need to figure how much cording you will need for each inside curved wire. 
You don't want to run out of cord before you finish. Unfortunately, deciding how much you need is not an exact science. Lots of variables are involved. Like the size and thickness of the cord and what you want to make. 
There are many videos on how to determine how much you will need. Some involving math and estimations. I will go with what I call guesstimating. Ha! I liked one tutorial that said to use 4-6 times the length of the project, or area in my case, and then double that amount. Whew! I think this was the worst part. So I measured the length of one of the inside curved wires and got a little over 14" so I rounded it off to 15 inches.  Then multiplied that by 5 (between 4-6 right!) and got 75". I doubled that (75) to 150 inches for what I needed. So I got out my yard stick (36" long) and measured the cord for each wire curve 4 times (36"x4=144") - the length of the yard stick four times plus 6 inches to equal 150 inches. 

Thankfully, I am using a roll of natural cord I got from Hobby Lobby. It had 135 feet of cord. There was more than enough to cover the entire wire pumpkin with spiral knots, including wrapping the stem with a back and forth design.

To Make the Spiral Knot:
The inside curved wires will be covered first and then the outside wire frame will be tied last with what's left. Normally, three cords are used, but in this case, the wire is used as the center cord with a left side cord and a right side cord. And the knot is always tied in the same direction creating the spiral look. 
  
Let's start by attaching the cord (150") to the pumpkin wire by folding it in half and placing the middle of the folded cord at the back of the first inside curved wire. Then tie the cord in a simple knot around the wire and push it all the way up to the top.
Next, pick up the left cord and make an "L" shape across the wire and under the right cord.
Then take the right cord under the wire and over the left cord (L shape) and out.  
Pull the right and left cords with the wire in the center to complete the first half knot.
Repeat tying this knot over and over making sure you are always tying the half knot in the same direction to create the spiral design. 
Relax and binge-watch a movie while tying the spiral knots like I did.
I discovered that if you twist the spiral knots, a somewhat new look will emerge with the spirals closer together for a chunky design. And I like that look for the pumpkin!

 Continue tying the spiral knots along each curved wire .  .  .
until all the curved wires are covered. Tie the ends of the cord for each wire into a final single knot at the back, sealing with fabric glue and let dry. Cut off excess cord.
Then start tying the outer frame just below the stem where it dips, the same as before with a folded cord .  .  .
moving around towards the left .  .  .
then down and around .  .  .
and up and over. When reaching the stem, wrap the stem tip vertically and then the sides horizontally, tying in a single knot in back. Add glue to the knot to seal  - let dry and cut off excess cord .  .  .
for a cool decorative look! Both front  .  .  .
and back!
Don't you just love how this look!  Either plain .  .  .
or with embellishments!

Welcome to another Creative Craft Blog Hop created by 

Chloe @ Celebrate & Decorate and Andrea @ Design Morsels!  I've teamed up with a talented group of creative bloggers to bring you lots of wonderful ideas and inspirations! 
Have fun and get inspired by all of the wonderful creations this month by clicking on the links below!

If you're hopping along this blog hop, I hope you enjoyed Jenna's Painted Pumpkin Crate @The Painted Apron!  Your next stop is Carol @Bluesky At Home sharing her adorable Dollar Tree Fall Yard Art!


34 comments:

  1. Gail, you have transformed this dollar store pumpkin! This is the first macrame pumpkin I have seen, so I love the creativity! Pinning, and I'll be sharing on IG, too! Blessings, Cecilia

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  2. Gail, what a clever idea! I'm sure I've never seen a macrame pumpkin before. This is just an adorable craft for fall.

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    1. Thanks, Rachelle! The macrame knot was so simple, I thought it perfect to use on the pumpkin wire.

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  3. What a cute way to decorate a pumpkin! It looks great!

    Liberty

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    1. Thanks, Liberty! Yes, I thought it would be fun to macrame the pumpkin wires!

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  4. This turned out so cute and I love it! Wonderful craft hopping with you friend!

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    1. Thanks so much Chas! It's always fun craft hopping with you too!

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  5. What a darling project. I love that you could relax and watch some tv while tying the knots.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Yes, I had to do something else other than tie knots. It can get a bit tedious. Lol!

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  6. Gail, you are one very clever crafter! I love this project. If I’m lucky to find the wire base, I see this as art therapy for those long evenings of nothing new on TV. Instead of feeling my nerves are all in knots, I’ll be tying them lol! Thanks for such a wonderfully detailed tutorial.

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    1. Thanks, Debbee! I know exactly what you mean. I have to keep looking for craft things to do. I'm at my limit with everything else!

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  7. Wow Gail, this is SOOO cute! Kudos to you for figuring it all out, math was never my strong suit 😂 or is patience so I truly admire your dedication, it totally paid off, the knots look awesome! I love the way you added the flower, leaves and berries, but it looks great unadorned too! Fabulous!!
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! Math and I never got along either. I just guessed my way through it all after looking at too many videos on how to figure out how much cord is needed. I think I got brain freeze from it all!

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  8. You did a great job making this pumpkin decoration Gail! It will look so pretty for fall.

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    1. Thanks, Julie! I think so too. I might even paint the knots. We'll see!

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  9. I had no idea macrame knots were so simple. This is a really great tutorial. I love that the pumpkin is reusable. Thanks for being part of the hop.

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    1. Thanks so much, Andrea! It was fun making the macrame pumpkin! And I love being part of the hop. It's one of my favorites. Thank you for organizing it each month.

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  10. You’ve elevate your Dollar Tree wire pumpkin to a piece of art and wonderful fall décor!! Happy to be crafting with you again!

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  11. Siempre original amiga.
    Espero que todo vaya bien

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  12. Brilliant Dollar Tree upcycle! I'd love for you share over at our Wednesday weekly Creative Linky Party https://creativelybeth.com/creative-crafts-linky-party-4-join-in-the-fun/
    Have a great weekend!
    Creatively, Beth

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  13. Gail, this is such a unique take on fall decor! You have offered such perfect detailed instructions, even I could follow these!

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  14. Gail, this is fabulous! I bought 2 of those DT pumpkin wreath forms last year, so now I know what I'm going to do! I've been wanting to try macrame, and you've provided an excellent tutorial for beginners. I think it looks great neutral and unadorned...it's got that Farmhouse vibe. Thanks for sharing! It was fun hopping with you again!

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  15. I like this this is a great creative idea in a great tutorial thanks for sharing

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  16. Gail, I am so impressed with your pumpkin. I would never have thought of this treatment. It's very pretty and unique. Super cute.

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  17. This is so creative. Great job.

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  18. How beautiful! What a creative was to do macrame too, perfect for this time of year.

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  19. My mom loves macrame projects - I just shared this one with her. It's also one of my features at this week's Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party, which goes live today at 5pm EST.

    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.com

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  20. So dang cute and smart,Gail... thanks for sharing this simple knot tutorial and how to upscale a wire pumpkin!

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  21. What a cute idea and so pretty!!! ~ Kristin | White Arrows Home

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  22. So cute and clever!!! I love this pumpkin, so I featured it at this week's Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party!

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  23. Love your fall pumpkin!!! Thanks for sharing at Share Your Style a couple of weeks ago. I am just getting back from a small vacation to California so am picking up SYS #272 and featuring your post this week. <3

    Happy almost fall!
    Barb :)
    www.frenchethereal.net

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  24. This is the most beautiful harvest craft i've seen using macrame. You are very creative. I'll be trying to make it this season. Thx. God bless you.

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