Pumpkin Challenge Season 17, Week 7

Some people like pumpkin. Some people don’t. In this house, we love pumpkin. All of us…It’s become a bit of a debate as to when it’s too early to begin making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

I am a fan of waiting. It’s not that I don’t love the cookies. I do. It’s that the boys request them (and can now make them on their own) at least a couple of times a month. And well, I down more than my fair share!

Regardless YOUR personal take on the TASTE of pumpkin, this week we’re embarking on a pumpkin challenge and I think you’re going to like what you SEE.

Pumpkin Challenge

Pumpkin Challenge

Project #1 Pumpkin Quilt Block Candelabra

Hmmm…Pumpkin.  What to make?  Pie? Bars? Donuts? Muffins?  No…A Pumpkin Quilt Block Candelabra!

Pumpkin quilt block candelabra

Created with small pumpkins, an old Candelabra and a lot of patience, this festive piece showcases favorite quilt patterns in a whole new light.  An unexpected greeting for guests or a unique centerpiece for a Fall table…Pretty during the day or illuminated for an evening meal.

Pumpkin quilt block candelabra

Who knew small pumpkins could create such an impact!  What a transformation…Can’t wait to reveal how it’s styled in my Fall Tablescape…Striking!

Pumpkin quilt block candelabra

Project #2 Pumpkin Patch Dress

For this pumpkin challenge I decided to make a dress for my little pumpkin.  I didn’t want to do the typical costumey, big jack-o-lantern face on her belly, type of pumpkin dress you see all the time.  Instead I designed more of a pumpkin inspired dress, something she can wear throughout the fall season, and something that would be perfect for our annual trip to the pumpkin patch.

Pumpkin Patch Dress

I created this adorable dress that has a lined bodice and a gathered skirt.  I used some orange chevron fabric that I flipped vertical to imitate the grooves on a pumpkin and added some kelly green, like the pumpkin’s stem and vine, for the sash and Peter Pan collar.

I finished the look with two pumpkin buttons I molded from polymer clay.  I made the little pumpkins and poked holes in them before baking, and then they sew on just like regular buttons.

Pumpkin Patch Dress

The weather here stays pretty warm for fall so I went with a sleeveless dress, but this dress would look so cute layered with long sleeves and tights if we get a cold spell.

I hope you like my little pumpkin’s dress and vote me through to the next round!

Pumpkin Patch Dress

Project #3 Easy Pumpkin Wreath

Wow, I am so glad to be back to share this fun and easy pumpkin wreath. I fell in love with these fabrics at the start of the competition and have been saving them for the pumpkin project. I love the mix of orange, brown and cream to create an untraditional pumpkin project.

Pumpkin Wreath

I used the fabric and some stuffing to create the pumpkin shape. Even though this project requires sewing, it is something any one could create. This is one of my favorite projects because it is simple and doesn’t take days to finish.

Pumpkin Wreath

I love how something as simple as a pumpkin can spice up my door. The pendant banner was easy to make and gives a little more “fall” flair to the pumpkin. I hope you will vote to keep me around for another week.

Pumpkin Wreath

Project #4 Rapunzle Pumpkin Tower

So excited to have made it to the next round!!!  Thanks to everyone that voted!!

One of my goals for this contest was to create projects that are unique and interesting. I hope I have delivered that.  I knew I wanted to turn a pumpkin into something fun but I wasn’t sure what. I really wanted to create Cinderella’s Pumpkin Carriage but sooooo many people had already done that. So, to stay true to my goal, here is my unique pumpkin idea…

Rapunzel Pumpkin TowerI wish you all could feel how heavy this thing is. I think it weighs at least 30 pounds. To start I spray painted the pumpkin with Rustoluem Bright Coat Metallic Finish. Then I hot glued 348 pumpkin seeds onto a Wizard of Oz Tin Man hat. Let’s just say this was incredibly time consuming!!  I went through 15 glue sticks and a few blistered fingers!  Then I cut out and stained the shutters from thin balsa wood from Hobby Lobby and then drew on some “bricks” to make the tower look real.  To top off the roof I glued on a piece of a Christmas Ornament and added some vines and flowers.

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower

The look on my kid’s faces when they saw the finished project was awesome.  This project took a long time to complete but I had tons of fun with it.  To finish it off I added some purple Halloween mini lights to give it a glow.    Hopefully you’ll vote me through to the next round!

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower

Vote…

SYTYC Pumpkin Challenge

It’s time to vote! Please vote for your favorite projects. Voting will be open through Thursday, October 17, at 5 pm. The project with the most votes will be featured next week with a full tutorial.

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Comments

    • Tauni says

      Mandy, Thanks for the heads up. You only need to vote for one project this week…I’ve fixed it in the text! xoxo Tauni

      • Linda says

        I live in Hawaii and was not able to vote. you say voting is open until 5PM. It is only 3PM in HI. I vote for the Rapunzle #4

        • Tauni says

          Thanks Linda. It looks like I neglected to add the time zone on this week’s post. Voting runs Monday morning at 6 a.m. through Thursday evening at 5 p.m. MST. Since it wasn’t clear, I will count your vote.

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