DIY - Velvet Pumpkins

Velvet Pumpkins DIY

We had such a blast making Velvet Pumpkins for our Thanksgiving table.  They are so simple, even a beginner DIY lover can do it.  What's the best part?  They have a huge, unique impact for your tablescape or decor for your home.  We made them in a variety of sizes and colors to add additional dimension to our table. 

SYBARITE DESIGNS DIY Velvet Pumpkin

Ingredients 

  • Velvet fabric
  • Pillow stuffing
  • Pumpkin stems
  • Thread to match your fabric
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Hot Glue

 

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How To:

  1. Gather up your left over pumpkins from Halloween.  Cut off the stem, including the base, with a knife.  Some stems may just pop off.  Let your stems dry out over night.
  2. Cut your velvet into a circle quite a bit larger than your styrofoam ball.  An easy way to do this is to start with a square piece of fabric and fold it into a triangle 2 times.  Now you cut a 1/4 of a circle on two of corners.  When you unfold your fabric you will have an even circle.  
  3. Thread your sewing needle with double thread.  Around the perimeter of the fabric (unfolded) you will do a basting stitch all the way around.  
  4. Cut a small piece off the bottom of your styrofoam ball, creating a flat surface.  This is to assure your completed pumpkin sits flat.  
  5. Place the styrofoam ball, flat side down, in the center of your fabric, velvet facing down.  You can start cinching your fabric now by pulling on both ends of your stitch.  This will help you see how much stuffing to add.  Add your pillow stuffing around the ball to make the pumpkin shape.  
  6. Once you have you pillow stuffing in, pull the strings tight and tie them in a knot to close your pumpkin top.
  7. Now you are ready to glue on your pumpkin stem!   Using your hot glue gun, glue on your stem and place it on the top of your pumpkin covering the cinching.  

SYBARITE DESIGNS Velvet Pumpkin DIY

SYBARITE DESIGNS DIY Velvet Pumpkin

Send us pictures of your version of the Velvet Pumpkin DIY. Good Luck!

 

C & J 

Our Thanksgiving Tablescape

Our Thanksgiving Table

This year for Thanksgiving we wanted to recycle our pumpkins from Halloween by creating a Thanksgiving table centerpiece filled with pumpkins.  The entire center of the table, end to end, was filled with mini pumpkins, velvet pumpkins, natural pumpkins and painted pumpkins.  

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We painted a few of our mini pumpkins gold while keeping the others in their natural cream color.  Our favorite part of the table are our DIY Velvet Pumpkins.  Make sure to check out our blog tomorrow for the complete How To for these.

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In addition to the pumpkins, we added these amazing vintage brass candlesticks we found at our local flea market.  Who doesn't love a candle lit dinner?  We gave added dimension and height to the centerpiece by using a vintage carved wood cake stand and a few carved wood platters.  

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For the place settings we chose a more traditional look.  You really can't go wrong using vintage brass flatware and gold trimmed plates for a Holiday dinner.  Of course we had to combine our pumpkin theme here too,  so our place cards were tied to mini pumpkins set in the center of each setting.  

We love to use vintage glassware every occasion and really, every non-occasion too!  Here we used our vintage green stemmed glasses.  A great pop of color to compliment the brass and other neutrals.  

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We decided not to do florals in containers since they would compete too much with our pumpkins.  Instead, we used bunches of mums and placed them around the bases of the pumpkins.  We chose the burnt orange mums because the color reminded us of Fall on the east coast, such a beautiful time of year.  

We hope you love our pumpkin theme Thanksgiving as much as we do!  Let us know what you think.  

 

xo
C & J