These DIY mesh pumpkins can be made in minutes for only a few dollars! Along with the DIY copper mesh pumpkins, they’re easy fall decor, and they look great!
If I had a dollar for every time I thought my wife was nuts, I’d be retired on my very own private island nestled somewhere deep in the South Pacific.
I’d be cracking coconuts instead of crafting.
Beating bongos instead of blogging.
And most certainly dozing and dillydallying instead of DIYing.
But no one is giving me those dollars, so here I sit, writing to you about my bonkers babes.
The problem is, every time I think she’s checked into the Meshuga Motel for good, I come to realize that perhaps she isn’t loonier than a Canadian dollar. I come to realize that maybe she’s a super-genius disguised as a nattering nutter!
Case in point:
The other day she asked me to take her to the grocery store so she could buy some shower poufs.
“My babes!” She said, “I want to buy some orange shower thingies for a fall project I have in mind.”
“Mmmm-kay.” I said, “But I doubt they sell orange ones at the grocery store. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them, come to think of it.”
What the hell did I know? I’ve never shopped for a shower pouf in my life, and if I have my way, I never will!
“You never know, my babes. Let’s have a look, shall we?” She said.
“Mmmm-kay.” I said. “So what’s it for again?”
We walked into the store, and my eyes went to the meat section.
*Sigh* Next time, my delicious friends.
We turned away from the delicious meat and headed to the
preening hens aisle health and beauty aisle.
“You’re going to make pumpkins from them!” She said, as a smile leapt into her lips.
And there it was. The perfect moment for me to be collecting a dollar so I could fund my private island retirement.
But, as usual, no one was paying.
So I nodded my head and pretended like she wasn’t battier than a Biloxi belltower.
It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that she was right about the damn orange poufs.
There they were, a whole huge bin of poufs in every color under the sun.
She pulled out all of the orange ones and proceeded to spend the next 10 minutes inspecting each pouf for color, shape and quality.
“My babes, they’re shower poufs, not diamonds!” I said.
Yeesh, that woman is a discerning shopper!
Around closing time, she had chosen the very finest orange poufs in town, and a couple of black ones and a gray one, to boot.
Then, just when I thought it was safe to head to the checkout aisle before the lights went dark and the cleaning crews moved in, my babes dragged me to the cleaning aisle.
She grabbed few packs of copper mesh pot scrubbers.
“You’re also going to make pumpkins from these!” She said.
“Of course I am.” I said.
(I waited for my dollar)
But my babes was radiating enthusiasm. She loves this stuff!
We headed home, and she showed me her vision.
And as almost always happens, the kook standing before me became a genius.
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DIY Mesh Pumpkins
- Shower poufs – we used orange, gray and black, but you can use any color you like. You can find them on Amazon, in the Dollar Store or in almost any grocery store.
- Copper mesh scrubbers – Dollar Tree carries them.
- Dollar Store Fall greenery pick
- Cinnamon sticks
- Craft wire
- Thin wire – we got ours at Dollar Store.
- Wire cutter
- Glue gun
- Gold or black glue sticks – this is optional.
Folks, these DIY mesh pumpkins are so easy to make! Take it from me! If old sausage fingers here can do it, anyone can do it!
Watch the video below, but if that’s not your thing, don’t worry! I’ll still walk you through each and every step.
DIY Mesh Pumpkins Video Tutorial
DIY Mesh Pumpkins Words ‘n’ Pictures Tutorial
First, cut off the tags.
But don’t cut off the ribbon hanger loop!
Measure out about a foot-long length of craft wire. I just eyeballed it. This sure as hell isn’t rocket science or precision German engineering!
Cut the wire.
Wrap the craft wire around your pencil.
Then slide the coil off of the pencil.
Unroll a couple of coils in the middle.
Then wrap the middle around your cinnamon stick.
Twist the craft wire over itself to lock it in place.
Cut a piece of wire a little longer than twice the length of your cinnamon stick.
Fold the wire in half.
Put the wire through the pouf’s ribbon loop.
Twist the two wire ends together.
Find a pair of leaves you like from your Dollar Store pick.
Push the leaves off the stem.
Thread the wire “needle” through the hole where the two leaves meet.
Thread the pouf loop through the leaves.
Pouf Loops. That could be a breakfast cereal, don’t you think?
I think they’d be a huge hit with art critics and hipsters.
Anyway, press the leaves down against the shower pouf.
Thread the wire needle through your cinnamon stick.
Push the stem down into the pouf.
While pressing down on the pouf, add a dab of hot glue into the cinnamon stick. This will lock the pouf ribbon loop in place.
I used clear glue on this one, so the pouf loop is still visible. For all our other ones, I used black and gold.
DIY Copper Mesh Pumpkins
If you thought the shower pouf mesh pumpkins were easy (you did, right??), then you’ll be able to make these DIY copper mesh pumpkins in your sleep!
Grab a copper mesh scrubber. (You’re practically done. Go get yourself a glass of wine – you deserve it!)
Stick your finger in the middle and jiggle it around a little. You want to open up a little hole. (Did you get that glass of wine? How does it taste?)
Grab another leaf pair from your pick and jam it in the hole in your copper mesh.
Have another sip of wine to celebrate how far you’ve made it – not only in this project, but in life, madam! Cheers to you!
Make another cinnamon stem as detailed above. For these copper mesh pumpkins, I used a grayish/greenish craft wire, as it contrasted better with the copper.
Stick that sucker in there and take a swig from you wine, because you just finished!
Now go pour another glass of wine for yourself and tell your husband to hop to it and make some more copper mesh and shower pouf pumpkins for you!
And here they are altogether!
Here are some more easy pumpkin ideas for you.
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