Sunday, September 12, 2010

Guest Blogger - The Hand Me Down House - Rope and Pumpkins


Hi everyone! I'm Amanda from The Hand Me Down House. :)

If you're curious about the name, it's all because my hubby and I bought a handed-down house from my parents ..... my childhood home. That's what my blog is ALLLL about -- making the Hand Me Down House our home.

.The Hand Me Down House


I'm SO excited to be guest posting on one of my absolute FAVORITE blogs today! Thank you, Michelle, for allowing me the honor! :)


I'm SUCH a sucker for fall decor -- I absolutely love it! So today, I want to show you two variations of pumpkins I created for our entry table.

PUMPKIN ONE: WIRE PUMPKIN

Materials: Brown floral wire (yup! that's it!)




I first took each strand and wrapped them around the top of a glass to get a perfect circle. Then I twisted the ends together (like you would a grocery store twist-tie)


I went through and did this to every strand (around 35 - 40 wires).

Next I stacked them together and took a piece of wire to bind them all together. It should look like this:



Finally, fan out the circle wires and add a stem to the top. It should look like this in the end:


PUMPKIN TWO: ROPE PUMPKIN

Materials: 3" - 4" diameter poster tube (or any other kind of cardboard tube)
3/4" Boat Rope (or twisted multipurpose rope)

First, I cut my cardboard tube to be about 4" tall.


Next, I took my rope and started wrapping it vertically around and through the tube.


I continued doing this until the inside of the tube was completely filled with the rope.


Finally, I added a stem to the top by using the end of the rope.


What do you think??? Quick and Easy -- but still so cute! :)


If you haven't been over to The Hand Me Down House -- I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE for you to stop in! You can find so many fun projects and home improvements, like

making some built in shelves,





or even some Snapple bottle vases. :)


Thanks again for letting me be your guest! This is SUCH a fantastic blog -- so I'm absolutely flattered to be here!

My favorite projects are ones that are cute, quick, easy and inexpensive and both of these pumpkins definitely fit that criteria! Thank you, AMANDA. I've never seen rope pumpkins and I absolutely adore them. The Hand Me Down House is one of those up-and-coming blogs! I was smitten with her blog the first time I read the name of it! Great inspiration! Unique ideas! Nice pictures. Awesome tutorials.

Visit the Hand Me Down House today!

CSI Project - Fall Theme

Linking to: Funky Junk - Saturday Nite Special, Tatertots and Jello - Weekend Round-up, Under The Table And Dreaming., Show and Tell - Be Different, Act Normal






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46 comments:

  1. Wow, the wire pumpkin is perfect!! What a great idea!

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  2. I am also amazed by the wire pumpkin!

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  3. Me too. Love the wire one. Well, they're both cool but I especially like the wire one!

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  4. Wow! Those are so cool! I'm visiting from It's So Very Creative. Have a great day!

    Courtney

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  5. I love your pumpkins! Very creative... Partying with you...

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  6. I think I'm in love with the rope pumpkin simply because I am looking at the rope I can use to make my own! yippee!!!

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  7. They look fabulous together, such a contrast... but I particularly love the brown wire one!

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  8. I really like the way the pumpkin turned out, very neat idea.
    I have seen your snapple vases before,I loved them. I am going to go check out your luminary right now!

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  9. Another genius idea! I'm dying over the wire pumpkin! Love it!

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  10. Very cute and clever! I love Amanda and her blog, she is so sweet and has such great ideas and inspirations!!

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  11. That wire pumpkin is amazing. Can't wait to give it a try!

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  12. that wire pumpkin is so perfect! i love it!

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  13. Love the wire pumpkin!! Thanks for 2 great tutorials.

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  14. Oh. My. Goodness. I love that
    (especially the wire one! I can't wait to make one - genius!!!

    Visiting from Its So Very Cheri!

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  15. I love the pumpkins...and cute and easy are my two favorite words!

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  16. Those pumpkins are simply amazing! :) I love how easy they are to make.. yet they look like something you would pay a lot for at the store! :) Great job!

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  17. Love both of those pumpkins... so rustic and simple... perfect for fall!

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  18. The wire pumpkins are just ADORABLE!!! Thanks for the idea!

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  19. I love the name of your blog! Someday is my goal!! Thanks for linking up to Toot Your Horn Tuesday :)

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  20. Those are really great! I saw the picture on All Thingz Related.

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  21. I love wire projects and this one seems so easy and very cute! Can't wait to make some. I also put a link back to this post on my blog so my readers won't miss it.

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  22. Whoa, both ideas are awesome. I really like the look of the wire pumpkin....thanks for the tutorials!!

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  23. This is definitely going on the "have to-do" list! Thanks for sharing! :)

    www.betweenuandme.com

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  24. I really like the wire pumpkin. It has kind of a rustic look and it's so easy.

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  25. super cool! I was longing for similar wire pumpkins at Pottery Barn. It's great to know there's a much cheaper way to get the same look!

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  26. Both ideas are super cute! I love them!
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  27. I LOVE the rope pumpkin - I love anything preppy, and the boat rope is definitely that!

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  28. What a awesome idea thenk you so much for sharing it with us
    you rock!

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  29. Great projects! I love how simple they are!

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  30. Your pumpkins are great. I just did a post about decorating pumpkins and never saw anything like these.

    I hope you don't mind. I linked your post to my PORCH AND GARDEN PARTY at firstadream.blogspot.com.

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  31. I love the pumpkins and just might make a wire one this afternoon! Thanks for sharing such a sweet project!!

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  32. I just bought the cutest grapevine pumpkins, almost like your florist wire pumpkins..... Gave one to a friend and kept one.

    I love them, and was wondering how they made them, and now I know. So simple, it's easy peasy.

    Thanks!

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  33. Isn't she great? Love the wire pumpkins! Thanks for linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence's Under $100 Linky Party.

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  34. These ideas are super! I'm linking to them on my blog linking party so I'll remember this great project! all the best!

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  35. I have been wanting to make some similar pumpkins! Thank you for sharing! I have some fun fabric ones over at

    http://classycolumbusdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/09/design-on-dime-fabric-pumpkins.html

    I'd love for you tell me what you think!
    Thanks for sharing! I'm now following both Hand Me Down House and Someday Crafts! Wonderful!

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  36. You had me at that cool wire pumpkin, never mind the rest of these beauties! Very unique projects!

    Donna

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  37. Love it, and LOVE Amanda, she is so sweet. So excited to see this and it is so cute. Would you PLEASE link this up to my **6 weeks 2 Spook** party, it's all things halloween, and with a little tweaking these could be completely, spooky. Just lovely!!! Thanks for having such a GREAT guest, and I too would love to come over sometime to post for you. he he. :)

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  38. firsts i must say, i thought i died and went to heaven when i found this site. lovelovelove it. the free patterns i copied are unbelievable.thanks so much. then to come across those great pumpkins,what a find. they look so cool together i really cant decide where i am going to put mine. have to go now going to buy the materials to make them. thanks so much.

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  39. I saw these and knew I just had to make them . . . Problem: I have looked EVERY WHERE and CANNOT find brown floral wire! Help {pretty please} where can I find some brown floral wire!???

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  40. Love both of those pumpkins... so rustic and simple... perfect for fall!

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  41. I had pinned your adorable wire pumpkin and finally made one today! I tried an easier route and thought I'd share the idea back with you. Instead of cutting all pieces to the certain lentgh and wiring them together...I used one continuous piece wrapped arouond and around and around the cylnider, then carefully slid them off as one coiled piece. I used a 6" piece to tie it all together in the center. It worked great, and only took me about 15 minutes! I found the wired twine at Michaels.

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