Happy Thursday, beautiful friends! Today I’m sharing the final piece of my last haul, and I have a super simple Fall DIY project to share as well: sweater pumpkins made from the sleeves of sweaters!
I had several questions on how I made my little sweater pumpkins after staging them with my Fall arrangement not too long ago. I shared how to make striped sweater pumpkins out of thrift store sweaters a few years ago, and I made several smaller pumpkins out of the leftover sleeves:
I never shared a separate how-to on the sleeve pumpkins, so I’ve made a video to share how easy they are to make, no sewing required! Look out for that below!
But first, here is the final piece of my last haul:
This is the larger of the two picnic baskets in this group. You can see the smaller one HERE if you missed it. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I paid $9.95 for this one because it is quite large, and it had a smaller basket that lifts out.
Here’s how this one turned out:
And the shallow basket that came inside…
How cute is it filled with all those little sweater pumpkins??
I painted the basket in Dixie Belle’s Cotton using a brush instead of spray painting, just like I did the first one. I really like the texture it adds. I only gave the body one coat, but the top required a coat of B.O.S.S. stain blocker since it ended up bleeding through:
I gave it one coat and left it to dry overnight before giving it a final coat of paint. This stuff works SO well! The rest of the basket got a good sanding with 150 grit sandpaper.
The top got a fun treatment that was super simple to do!
I went and bought the only lace curtain panels I could find at the thrift store and crossed my fingers they would do what I was demanding of them:
These were $5 for the pair. I thought they could be used as a stencil to add a pretty lace pattern to the top of the basket.
To do that, I cut a piece of the curtain a little larger than the top of the basket and sprayed spray adhesive on the back of the fabric so that the fabric would lay flat and stay firmly in place…
I covered anything I didn’t want to get sprayed, like the basket handles, with FrogTape.
Then I gave it three light coats of Rustoleum’s Robin’s Egg blue:
I removed the curtain panel immediately after the final spray. I was so excited that it worked so well! I sanded with 220 grit sandpaper when it was dry.
This was a super simple and fast way to add really pretty detail to the otherwise plain top!
I really love how all of the details of the lace showed up perfectly!
It seemed like it could use a little something to dress up the front, so I added a small sign:
Enjoy seems appropriate for a picnic, right?
I found a piece of poplar left over from my shiplap tray that was already painted white to make the sign. I spray painted it in Robin’s Egg as well and then had a little help from my Silhouette machine with the letters:
No fancy cutting machine? No problem! You can also use this method HERE.
I used acrylic craft paint to fill in the letters…it took four coats to cover the blue. Then I sanded and sealed that as well.
Now for those sweater pumpkins!
These are completely NO-SEW since they are made from the sleeves of sweaters! I found several so I could make a bunch for my shop:
I love the mix of creams and blues:
I made a video tutorial showing how quick and simple these sweet pumpkins are to make:
If you have any trouble viewing, you can check it out on YouTube HERE.
I couldn’t resist the aqua sweaters!
These were fun to make, and I was able to sit and work on them while our power was out all day Friday due to the hurricane!
I’ll also have you know I put on a sweater to make the video, even though it was almost 90 here…something about making sweater pumpkins in a tank top just didn’t feel right ha ha!
I mentioned on Tuesday that I’m keeping the small gold shelves as-is, so this basket completes this pile!
Revisit any you may have missed below:
If you have some pretty fabric you’d like to make pumpkins out of instead like these…
They require very minimal sewing and you can see how I made them HERE!
I’ll meet you back here next time with my brand new Fall haul!! This guy is first up on the chopping block:
See ya then!
UPDATE: This is no longer a footboard! See what it became HERE now!
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