Every year I am so happy that I married a man who can carve those fancy pumpkins because if the kids had to rely on me to help them carve pumpkins they’d be in a lot of trouble. Honestly, if my five-year old were allowed to wield a knife she would probably be able to do a better job that I can. One time I did manage to make a half way decent jack-o-lantern but it took me hours and all it had been was two eyes and a mouth on it. This year I decided to take my lack of jack-o-lantern carving skills off the table completely and go with a crafty version instead. That’s how I came up with this pool noodle jack-o-lantern wreath.
I had been shopping at my local dollar store and came across two bins filled with the slightly shorter and less thick poodle noodles that the dollar store carries. They only had them in red and green left and when I saw the green ones I knew I had to but one and make it into a pumpkin. I’m so glad I did because the pool noodle jack-o-lantern wreath came out better than I expected and much cuter than any pumpkin I could carve.
So what will you need and how do you make this adorable Jack-O-Lantern?
1 green pool noodle
orange felt (I used about 1/2 yard)
green felt, one sheet
black felt, one sheet
hot glue gun & glue sticks
chalk or pencil
Cut a 4″ piece off of the pool noodle. This will be the stem of the pumpkin.
Take the long remaining piece of the pool noodle and form it into a circle and secure it with duct tape.
Place your pool noodle circle onto your orange felt and cut it in a circle that is about 5″-6″ larger all the way around than the pool noodle circle.
Make slits about 3″-4″ long every 4″ all the way around so that the felt will lay batter when gluing. Do not cut the slits all the way to the pool noodle though or you will see the slits on the sides of the wreath. Then using your glue gun carefully stretch and glue each section making sure that the material is laying nice on the sides. Do this all the way around.
Once that’s done turn it over and you should have a nice orange circle.
Next you will glue the stem to the top of the orange felt covered circle. Don’t worry if you can see glue around the bottom as this will be covered up.
Next you will need to take your green felt and draw some leaves. You will also draw a circle and make a spiral inside of it for your vine. I used marker here so you could see better but I’d usually use pencil or chalk. Cut out the shapes and wrap part of the vine around the base of the stem and glue into place. Let the rest of the vine hang and attach the leaves to the base of the stem and vine. At this point you can also cut a strip of felt and glue to the back as a hanger.
At this point you have a lovely pumpkin wreath and could stop here if you wanted to be able to use it all of the fall season.
If you decide to carry on to the jack-o-lantern then you will now need your black felt. Using some chalk draw out the eyes, nose, mouth and anything else you want. Cut out the shapes and attach to the pumpkin using the glue.
Now you have an adorable pool noodle jack-o-lantern wreath for Halloween!
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