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Chenille Bump + Spun Cotton Pumpkin Man Craft Project


Supplies: Spun Cotton HeadsChenille Bumps, Bows, Leaves, Lacquered Acorns, Dried Acorn Caps, Clear-drying Glue (like Alleen's or E6000), Needle-nose Pliers, Scissors. Paint Brush (for handle)

Step 1: Arrange your supplies: To make 1 pumpkin man, you will need 1 head, 1 acorn cap, 1 chenille bump for arms, 2 chenille bumps folded in half for body/legs, 2 leaves, 1 bow and 1 lacquered acorn.

Step 2: Using needle-nose pliers, make the hole in the spun cotton head larger.

Step 3: Bend two chenille bumps in half to create the body and legs.  Pinch the top of the bumps together with your pliers so it will better fit in the spun cotton head.  Glue between the bumps with two small drops to hold the body together.  Let dry.

Step 4: Create arms by gluing 1 chenille bump to the back of the figure. Glue arms about 1/4" inch below the "neck" to allow space for the head later.  Let dry.

Step 5: Cut a small V at the base of the leaves to remove the wire stems.  The V will make it easier for the leaves to fit around the figure's shoulders.

Step 6: Add glue only along the edges of the leaves near the V.  Apply a leaf to the BACK of the figure first, taking care to fit the V closely around the neck area and to gently bend the edges of the leaf forward onto the shoulders.  Apply second leaf to the front of the figure.  Wrap the leaf edges onto the shoulders, overlapping the first leaf slightly.  Let dry.

Step 7: Glue the spun cotton head in place, making sure it fits snugly onto the shoulders.  Let dry.

Step 8: Glue acorn cap in place as a hat.  Glue bow in place as a bow tie.  Let dry.

Step 9: Bend wired acorn stem about 1/4" above the cap.  Twist wire around pencil or paint brush handle to make a curl.

Step 10: Use pliers to create a small loop that will serve as your pumpkin's "hand" for holding his acorn.  Apply a small drop of glue in the loop then insert the wire stem of the acorn.  Let dry.

Step 11: Use pliers to bend the chenille up about 1/4" to create remaining hands and feet.

Tips: Proportionally a 1" head works best -- any smaller and the head seems too tiny.  

Use glue sparingly when glueing body section together -- too much glue can make the chenille seem matted and less fluffy.

We used fabric leaves #VAL018. Leaves measuring around 2-1/2" work nicely.



12 Vintage Old Stock Acorns ~ 7/8"

12 Vintage Old Stock Acorns ~ 7/8"

$5.95

7 Brown Lacquered Spun Cotton Acorns ~ 7/8"

7 Brown Lacquered Spun Cotton Acorns ~ 7/8"

$5.95

7 Golden Green Lacquered Spun Cotton Acorns ~ 7/8"

7 Golden Green Lacquered Spun Cotton Acorns ~ 7/8"

$5.95

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ CHESTNUT BROWN

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ CHESTNUT BROWN

$4.95

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ TAUPE

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ TAUPE

$4.95

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ BURGUNDY

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ BURGUNDY

$4.95

Large 5" Bump Chenille in Black ~ 1 yd.

Large 5" Bump Chenille in Black ~ 1 yd.

$3.25

Large 5" Bump Chenille in Emerald Green ~ 1 yd.

Large 5" Bump Chenille in Emerald Green ~ 1 yd.

$3.25

Large 5" Bump Chenille in Light Brown ~ 1 yd.

Large 5" Bump Chenille in Light Brown ~ 1 yd.

$3.25

Large 5" Bump Chenille in Medium Brown ~ 1 yd.

Large 5" Bump Chenille in Medium Brown ~ 1 yd.

$3.25

Large 5" Bump Chenille in Metallic Gold Tinsel ~ 1 yd.

Large 5" Bump Chenille in Metallic Gold Tinsel ~ 1 yd.

$3.25

Large 5" Bump Chenille in Metallic Silver Tinsel ~ 1 yd.

Large 5" Bump Chenille in Metallic Silver Tinsel ~ 1 yd.

$3.25

Large 5" Bump Chenille in Orange ~ 1 yd.

Large 5" Bump Chenille in Orange ~ 1 yd.

$3.25

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ LIGHT GREY

Small Vintage Velvet Bows ~ Set of 6 ~ LIGHT GREY

$4.95

Bundle of 12 Drab Green Fabric Maple Leaves ~ Vintage Germany ~ Old Store Stock ~ 2-1/4" Long

Bundle of 12 Drab Green Fabric Maple Leaves ~ Vintage Germany ~ Old Store Stock ~ 2-1/4" Long

$5.95

Bundle of 12 Drab Green Fabric Maple Leaves ~ Vintage Germany ~ Old Store Stock ~ 2-5/8" Long

Bundle of 12 Drab Green Fabric Maple Leaves ~ Vintage Germany ~ Old Store Stock ~ 2-5/8" Long

$5.95

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Antique White ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Antique White ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Black ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Black ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Cobalt Blue ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Cobalt Blue ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Emerald Green ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Emerald Green ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Fuchsia Pink ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Fuchsia Pink ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Golden Yellow ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Golden Yellow ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Green ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Green ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Lavender Purple ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Lavender Purple ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Light Brown ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Light Brown ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Light Grey ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Light Grey ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Light Pink ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Light Pink ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Medium Brown ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Medium Brown ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Orange ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Orange ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Red ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Red ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Turquoise Blue ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Turquoise Blue ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Violet Purple ~ 1 yd.

2-1/2" Bump Chenille in Violet Purple ~ 1 yd.

$3.50

Jumbo 2-3/4" Bump Chenille in Antique White ~ 1 yd.

Jumbo 2-3/4" Bump Chenille in Antique White ~ 1 yd.

$5.75

Jumbo 2-3/4" Bump Chenille in Golden Yellow ~ 1 yd.

Jumbo 2-3/4" Bump Chenille in Golden Yellow ~ 1 yd.

$5.75

Jumbo 2-3/4" Bump Chenille in Light Pink ~ 1 yd.

Jumbo 2-3/4" Bump Chenille in Light Pink ~ 1 yd.

$5.75

Jumbo 2-3/4" Bump Chenille in Orange ~ 1 yd.

Jumbo 2-3/4" Bump Chenille in Orange ~ 1 yd.

$5.75

Jumbo 2-3/4" Bump Chenille in Royal Purple ~ 1 yd.

Jumbo 2-3/4" Bump Chenille in Royal Purple ~ 1 yd.

$5.75

Jumbo 2-3/4" Bump Chenille in Turquoise Blue ~ 1 yd.

Jumbo 2-3/4" Bump Chenille in Turquoise Blue ~ 1 yd.

$5.75

Set of 6 Embossed Green Ombre Leaves ~ Czech Repub.

Set of 6 Embossed Green Ombre Leaves ~ Czech Repub.

$5.95

Set of 6 Green Matte Fabric Maple Leaves ~ Czech Repub.

Set of 6 Green Matte Fabric Maple Leaves ~ Czech Repub.

$5.95

Set of 6 Green Ombre Fabric Maple Leaves ~ Czech Repub.

Set of 6 Green Ombre Fabric Maple Leaves ~ Czech Repub.

$5.95

Set of 6 Embossed Green Ombre Maple Leaves ~ Czech Repub.

Set of 6 Embossed Green Ombre Maple Leaves ~ Czech Repub.

$4.95

Set of 6 Embossed Light Green Maple Leaves ~ Czech Repub.

Set of 6 Embossed Light Green Maple Leaves ~ Czech Repub.

$4.95

Set of 6 Embossed Medium Green Maple Leaves ~ Czech Repub.

Set of 6 Embossed Medium Green Maple Leaves ~ Czech Repub.

$4.95