Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fabulously Frugal Pumpkins

I have always enjoyed the creative process, especially as the seasons change to fall and winter. I also love being able to use items I already have on hand. Everywhere I turn, there are cute pumpkin projects popping up using items from around the house.  These Fabulously Frugal Pumpkins are the perfect  touch of whimsy for your fall vignettes and they are a creative way to store a necessary household item.

Today, I'll show you how to make these adorable pumpkins.
Here are the supplies you need:
18 x 18 in. square of fabric for pumpkin, a little bit of fabric for leaves, jute, stick, roll of toilet paper, glue gun
Start with toilet paper roll in center of square of fabric.

Begin pulling up the sides and tucking into the center of the roll.
Continue pulling sides and tucking until you go all the way around.
Tug gently on the fabric to give the pumpkin a more rounded look.
 Cut out leaves from extra fabric and glue the ends of the leaves to the middle of the stick.
Insert the stick into the top of the pumpkin.  You can hot glue it into the hole if you want, but I prefer to have the TP ready if we need it. ;-)
 Tie a bow with the jute and fray out the ends of it for a more rustic look.
You can make whole families of pumpkins in various coordinating colors.
These are super simple to make and can even be done with the kids. They would be adorable in random colors and patterns.  My little crafty girl is wanting to do a turquoise one. Should be cute! Thanks so much for stopping by!

I'm linking up at some of these great parties and

81 comments:

  1. These are adorable. I love that they are made from TP. What a great idea. Gotta try this one.

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  2. Ok, I've seen this twice now. I think I need to be trying this doable (w/kids) project. Thanks for posting it.

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  3. Cute & clever! Great idea, Nici!

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  4. Simply awesome.. What a great craft for the fall.. LOVE this.. :))

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  5. Hi Nici,
    Brilliant idea! Love your polka dots glue gun too:)!Your tutorial was super easy to understand.Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great week!

    Hugs from Portugal
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  6. I know what I'll be doing tomorrow! Thanks for sharing. These are so cute!!

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  7. Wow, that looks gorgeous!! Simple idea with great result! Liz

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  8. LOVE IT! quick and simple, not to mention, they're - errr - useful afterwards :)

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  9. What a cute idea!! I never would have thought to use toilet paper that way!

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  10. Love this idea..I think I'll make some! I'm your newest follower! Jean

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  11. Very cute and very clever to use these everyday items with a piece of fabric. Thanks for sharing this. Gail (BibleLoveNotes.com)

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  12. oh, this made me laugh when I saw what you used! Too clever and what a perfect size!!! Wonderful idea!!!

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  13. What a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. What a great idea! Way to go! I'd like to invite you to share this at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. I think it'd make a great addition!
    Leslie

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  15. Well it doesn't get any easier than that! They are fabulous! Come post and share them with my readers at ohmy-creative.com

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  16. That is so smart! I never would have guessed that you used TOILET PAPER. Very pretty.

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  17. Whoa! We all want clever ways to cover up TP rolls. How pretty and unique! We can do this for each season and have a lovely display in the powder room, too!

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  18. So cute and frugal! I love that you used items readily available around the house.

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  19. Super cute! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Fall link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_09_10_archive.html

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  20. That is such a great idea! All of the pumpkins I've seen have been so expensive, and to think, I could just decorate a TP roll instead. Very cute!

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  21. What a fantastic idea!! So easy and something I have been looking to do!!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  22. These are precious, Nici! Don't be surprised if you see me copy you! I always appreciate the inspiration you share at Potpourri Friday!

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  23. so stinkin cute! I am featuring this on my weekly wow's on Sunday.

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  24. I think I will Pin this one! What a cute idea! I would love for you to share this at my linky party that is going on right now called Rustic Restorations Weekend.
    http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.com/2012/09/rustic-restorations-weekend-20.html

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  25. Love your pumpkins, and love the fact you toilet paper, always have bit of that in the house. Right now I'm looking easy and pretty fall projects and this fits the bill! Hope you share your pumpkins with us Sunday at Sunday's Best - too cute not to share!

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  26. That is my kind of craft! Being a poor law students wife doesn't leave much for crafting money. This is perfect! Found you at SSS link party. Hop you stop by and say hi!
    -Mackenzie @ fridaynightdatenight

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  27. OMG - I love it! I found you from i heart naptime, where I just linked up to my DIY pumpkin, a roll of toilet paper covered in jute twine, but your pumpkin is even easier:)

    Erin @ www.ourconcretelife.blogspot.com

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  28. I love it! This is the second toilet paper pumpkin I've seen & this is SO much easier than wrapping it in twine. Done! This is on my fall to-do list. So cute!

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  29. i love it! And I love that you can just unwrap the toliet paper.

    I'm hosting the Fall into the Holidays link up and would love to have you join!

    http://redcrowgreencrow.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/fall-into-the-holidays-2-happy-misgivings-day/

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

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  30. This is a really smart idea! Too cool!

    Thanks for joining us at the Keep Calm & Link Up party this week - hope to see you again next week!

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  31. Holy cuteness! Who knew TP could be packaged so beautifully!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  32. How clever. I must remember this. Your pumpkins look great!

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  33. I would never have thought to use tp!! Thank you so much for sharing this at All my Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share tomorrow! :)

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  34. Ha...toilet paper is genius! This is a fantastic project!
    Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

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  35. This is genius! Love it! Stopping by via Western Warmth linky party!
    http://www.the-finishing-touches.net

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  36. Your pumpkins look great! hehe, I made these with a class of students a few years back, they thought I was nuts for using toilet paper. LOL I have been planning to make a few of these soon.

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  37. I can't believe you made these out of TP, it's really cute

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  38. I love love love these. They are so cute. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.

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  39. Now you wasted a roll of toilet paper!

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  40. Now THIS is inventive! I've been making cloth pumpkins this year, but I think I need to use some toilet paper rolls.... Very nice.

    I'd LOVE to have you come over to our PUMPKIN LINKY PARTY and put this really creative project on the party. Linda

    http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com/2012/09/thirty-days-of-pumpkins.html

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  41. Hi Nici: Well, this is a cute idea! Love the fabrics that you chose for the pumpkin body and the leaves.

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  42. Such a clever idea. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  43. OMGosh, these are SO cute!! very unique! I'm now following you :)
    Susan

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  44. Nici we love how simple and inexpensive these are! They turned out great! Thanks for linking them up to the Crafty Showcase. We are featuring you today at 4:30 on our Facebook page.

    Thanks for sharing and stop back over Sat-THur and share more of your great ideas!

    Susie @Bowdabra

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  45. What a fun idea!! I love these so much that I will be FEATURING them this week. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you link up again this week. The party will be live tonight. www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    And don't forget to "like" my Facebook page if you haven't already. www.facebook.com/TheMandatoryMooch

    Thanks, Nichi

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  46. Hi Nici,
    I just got back from Connecticut, so this is the first chance that I had to let you know that you were a featured blogger today. I know that you already saw it. Your pumpkins had one of the hightest pageviews for last week. Congradulations.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  47. Loving those pumpkins... great idea! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

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  48. Featuring YOU today!

    Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/09/take-look-at-you-20-fall-craft-ideas.html

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  49. You were featured today! I hope you will stop by and grab a button :)

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  50. You are featured today at Potpourri Friday!

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  51. Hahahahaa!! Ok.. what a clever idea. I am soo borrowing this idea :-)
    New follower !!
    Cheers, Gee

    Come visit me over at my place..
    www.simplymedesignsbygee.blogspot.com

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  52. Positively Perfect! Featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee

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  53. Adorable! Thanks for sharing.
    Anne

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  54. I love this idea! Easy, frugal, and they look great! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week.

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  55. Brilliant!! We're going to have to make some this week, I know my daughter will have a blast!

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  56. Just wanted to let you know that this post will be featured tomorrow on 'Or so she says...'! It will also be pinned and shared on Facebook over the weekend. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the 'Your Great Idea' link party. I would love to have you back! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  57. So pretty, and what an easy project! Thanks! laurie

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  58. Thank you for sharing this wonderful, easy to do idea. I tried one today! So cute and simple. I had all the materials at home to make one. Plan on getting more material to make some with the grandkids. Such cuteness!

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  59. Haha, this is so clever! Pumpkins out of toilet paper! Wow. I'm featuring this tonight at the link party! Thanks for linking up!

    Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com

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  60. Ha! Toilet paper! How oh so very clever! Love it!

    :)

    Linda

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  61. How cute are THESE!??

    I wish I had seen these back a few years
    ago when I was a Girl Scout mom!
    Awesome idea, Nici.

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  62. GREAT idea..!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  63. LOVELY !Easy and wonderful !
    Olympia

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  64. LOVE the idea! Joining from Inspire Me Monday. http://allthoseartsygirls.blogspot.com/

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  65. OK Now I am loving these:) LOL Toilet tissue, who would think it??? I am pinning these also:)

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  66. I featured this on my site....so cute!! Here's the link if you would like to grab the "I've Been Featured" button. Thanks for sharing! :)

    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2012/10/how-to-make-frugal-pumpkin-from-toilet.html

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  67. You've been featured. You had the most click through s on you link. Plus, I just love these :). Please stop by and grab a featured button from my side bar.
    http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/11/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-linky-party-7.html

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  68. Ha! I just saw these for the first time. I clicked on the link from your Recycled Paper Tube Wreath. I guess I wasn't following you yet when you posted this one. How on earth did you come up with this idea?? They're so cute!

    Debbie

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  69. This is such an adorable idea! Thank you for sharing!!! I can't wait to try it very soon!

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  70. What a clever idea! Love these pumpkins!
    I found you through "The Craft Frenzy Friday Link Party" where I am also partying, would love it if you'd stop by too.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

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  71. Wow - so creative, cute and awesome!! Thanks for sharing at Work it Wednesday Nici!!

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  72. Thanks for partying with us last week. We loved your pumpkins! You make me ready for fall. Please come back on Friday. Craft Frenzy Friday http://obsessiveandcreative.blogspot.com.

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