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Thrifty Halloween Challenge
Sep 29, 2012, 03:18 PMcocok
Thrifty Halloween Challenge
Woo Hoo cha cha cha! I am doing the happy dance! I found my thrift store item today!!! It is totally not anything I expected, and I am surprised that I choose it, and best of all it was only $3.99!
Anyone else having any luck figuring out what they are going to work with?
Sep 29, 2012, 03:26 PMlady of shallot
I have what I think is a great idea, Cocok. Not too sure I will be able to do it, but I got the thought! Now if only DD lived nearby it would be a snap! (she is more resourceful and talented than I am)
Sep 29, 2012, 05:39 PMLisa Ann
I have mine done but I have some more ideas I'm going to do too.
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Oct 01, 2012, 01:50 AMnance425
How do you keep the pumpkins that are stacked on top of each other from falling off? I see a lot of pics with them stacked in urns and wondered how they keep them together.
Also, if you use the "artificial" ones, what could you use to keep the stack together. do you have to glue them?
Here's what I mean...
Oct 01, 2012, 10:02 AMBeau's Rose
What a great idea and thread. I love the re purpose and reuse concept. Will have to poke around and see what happens.
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Oct 01, 2012, 01:43 PMcocok
Great Beau's Rose! I'm glad you are thinking of joining in!
I can't wait to see what you come up with lady of shallot! And Lisa Ann- Bravo for being done already!
And nance425. I have never made a pumpkin stack. I know you can buy artificial ones already made that way. If I were doing one with real pumpkins I would remove the stems and probably impale then on a dowel or spike of some sort. I would probably set the spike into some cement or plaster of paris in a container that fit into my urn, so that the stack wouldn't be top heavy. Of course once the pumpkins are spiked they will start rotting, so they wouldn't last all that long. Anyway, that would be my plane should I ever attempt to make stacked pumpkins. Might be easier to just buy the fake ones.
Oct 01, 2012, 08:41 PMnance425
O, cocok, I guess I didn't clarify. I would be using the "fake" ones (from Michaels). Not sure I would want to put the cement in my pot as it would be permanent wouldn't it? Just wondering if a stake all the way down to the bottom of the pot would be enuf to hold at least 2 of them up. sizes.
Oct 02, 2012, 03:47 AMcocok
What I meant about the cement is that I would put that into a container, and then put the container into the decorative pot. (so you could take it out later) I don't know of a stake would be enough to hold up pumpkins. Guess you would just have to try it.
Oct 02, 2012, 11:51 AMvictoriangirl
Nanc, you could also hollow out the pumpkins before stacking them, that way, they wouldn't rot as quickly. I found this on you tube but I'd probably use hot glue to keep them in place before stacking on on the other. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4VJ9xo_NFs
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Oct 02, 2012, 12:30 PMnance425
[QUOTE]Originally posted by cocok:
What I meant about the cement is that I would put that into a container, and then put the container into the decorative pot. (so you could take it out later) I don't know of a stake would be enough to hold up pumpkins.
O I see what you mean. This is the size pot I was thinking about putting them in. I guess I will have to figure out what to stick the stake into and whether it will hold up the light weight pumpkins. Hmmm...
Oct 02, 2012, 12:35 PMnance425
VG: the pumpkins are the lightweight foam ones that you can get at Michaels. So, no rotting concerns.
Oct 02, 2012, 01:50 PMjoyluck
If you are using the polystyrene pumpkins which are very light weight you could use florist's foam in the urn then make holes in the pumpkins to insert a dowel through all 3 and into the florist's foam.
If using real pumpkins concrete in a pot with a rebar to thread the pumpkins onto would be secure.
Oct 04, 2012, 02:05 AMnance425
Joyluck - do you think I would have to glue the pumpkins together as well? We do get some 20-030 mph winds at times.
Oct 04, 2012, 12:31 PMjoyluck
Nance, I would at least weight the urn if it is plastic or a light-weight metal one. It can't hurt to glue the pumpkins together altho I've had glue gun glue fail on some materials. A heavier dowel might be advisable also - not one of those flimsy 1/4" ones. You can also glue the florist foam into the urn. Is there a protected place on your porch you can place this? We don't get a lot of wind here so I don't have to think about that much.
Oct 04, 2012, 06:09 PMjaysmom49
My urns are on the ground one on each side of my front walk. I drilled a hole through the bottom and took a long piece of rebar (the stuff that goes through cinder block or cement) pounded it into the ground and plopped the urns on. Nowhere for them to go now. If you're going to pile the pumpkins on top of each other, you'll need a longer piece or possibly two pieces that you could wire tie together.
This thread is great. Now all I need is some motivation.
Oct 04, 2012, 07:12 PMjaysmom49
Check out the solar pumpkin lights on the Holiday Crafts board! Hope she joins us here..
Oct 13, 2012, 01:50 PMcocok
Oct 14, 2012, 08:17 PMcocok
Just F.Y.I. I started a second thread as this one was getting up to a lot of views and I thought it might get locked soon. We will be posting our "before" photos on the new thread. Hope you will all post!