If you ever for one single minute thought that I was creative.

If you ever thought I had the craft supply aisle figured out.

If you ever thought I might know my way around a DIY or a project or a room or a really awkward acorn centerpiece.

Just wait.

Truly.

You haven’t met my sister yet.

If I were on a crafting game show and I made it to the top of the question pyramid and there were a million dollars on the line and the music was building to a crescendo and I could phone only one friend in the entire world to help me out.

I’d call Whitney.

I know she’s my sister.

I know I’m a little partial.

I get it.

I understand my complete and utter lack of objectivity.

But really?  Who else would look at thrift store sweaters and come up with felted pumpkins like these?

 

Here’s how to make a DIY felted pumpkin according to Whitney the brilliant.

1. Start with orange and brown wool sweaters.  You may have one in your closet.  You may have one around the corner from you at a thrift store.  Just pick your shade of pumpkin orange sweater and head to the washing machine.

2. Felt the wool sweater.  This is so much easier than it sounds.  Basically, it involves a washing machine, hot water, soap, and patience.

I found this step-by-step tutorial on how to felt a sweater here.

3.  Cut out circles out of your wool felted orange sweater.

You’ll need approximately 50-75 for a small pumpkin like this.

4. Find a pumpkin form.

The inside of this pumpkin is a paper mache pumpkin form Whitney got at Hobby Lobby.

5. Start at the bottom of the pumpkin.

Glue the circles in rows.

Each row should overlap the other in a circle as shown.

6.  Cut out a star from the brown felt sweater.

Glue to the top of the pumpkin.

Roll a small tube to create a stem and glue to the center of the pumpkin.

Dear wonderful, amazing, incredible Whitney,

I’m so glad you met a thrift store sweater and saw a pumpkin.

I’m so glad when they handed out creative brain cells you were first in line.

I’m so glad you’re available for any future phone-a-friend dilemmas.

But most of all?

I’m so happy I get to call you sister. 🙂

Comments

  1. Image for Rowena Rowena

    That is very cute. I just watched a video of using fabric to cover them as well and put moss and misc. leaves, berries on it as well. Use modge podge as the glue.

  2. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Well, someone could have had a wool sweater and washed it in hot water and then put it in a hot dryer. It would then be like felt!! You have such a talented sister but you're no slouch!! I was hoping to see some gray paint dribbles somewhere. I was trying to nose around and see if I could spot the shade. *sigh* Everything is clean as a whistle!! Patience is not my virtue!! Have a wonderful day! 🤗

  3. Image for Jean from Georgia Jean from Georgia

    Cute as can be? If we cannot find orange wool sweaters, would it be possible to do the washing effect and use orange felt!!

  4. Image for Denise Cox Denise Cox

    Ain't she just stink'in cute🙃 I'm going down the street to my Goodwill to see what I can find in those colors! If not there, then the search for the " Great Pumpkin" begins!! 😄 KariAnne, I was just thinking, with your move do you plan to change the name of your blog??

  5. Image for Jere Jere

    I will start in January so I can have it ready for next year's Halloween...that's not counting the time to find the Orange and Brown sweater..is Orange on the top color list? Oh my these creative minds make life so hard. But they are cute and definitely different. How many have you made Karianne? Jere

  6. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Haha, I saw DIY "failed" pumpkin. Oh dear, I must still be tired from the wedding festivities! Too funny. Glad these were not a fail but a very cute and successful DIY felted pumpkin project. I think your family got lots of crafting genes! Love ❤️

  7. Image for Alice Hanson Alice Hanson

    I can see a stampede to the thrift store for ugly wool sweaters! Such a clever idea! Wonder if she had her red lipstick on for the hunt? 😊😉

  8. Image for renee renee

    God Love you Karianne! You are just so precious! I hope you never stop blogging! Thanks for sharing all your cute and fun projects with us! I look forward to your post everyday! Blessings!

  9. Image for Mary Mary

    These are just so cute! Thanks for sharing how to make them with us all! How fun to have a sister that can make things like this! You two must have a great time together sharing your ideas!

  10. Image for MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!)

    Kari Anne, you and your dear sister are so talented! That "sweater" pumpkin is just too cute! Thanks for sharing with us! Maybe you and your sister need to put all your crafts into a book for all of us! Blessings!

  11. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Those are the cutest pumpkins ever! Please let your sweet sister know how amazing they are...and could you ask if I could have her as a phone a friend sister?!! But then ALL of you are amazing, creative and beyond talented! I might need all of you on creative help speed dial. 😊

  12. Image for Pam Griner Pam Griner

    Such a cute craft! But I love the sweet comments about your sister. Brought a tear to my eye...seriously...and makes me miss my own incredible sister. She alwats has my back, no matter what.

  13. Image for Michele (Finch Rest) Michele (Finch Rest)

    WOW- she really is a rock star, isn't she? Seems it truly runs in the family. May I inquire - is she closer to you now that you will be residing back at the ole family homestead? Hope so. I feel there's a strong force of awesome rock concerts in your futures (and ours for the reading!) Bless you and yours. Hugs.

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