This fall has been a very different type of fall for me and my little family this year – we are preparing for Baby Brown (arriving in less than 10 weeks) and attempting to finish a major house addition. This means that my baby nesting is running smack dab into the house construction project. Most moms get to nest by getting a nursery ready and cleaning a few areas in the house that are mostly overlooked. I, however, have to focus all my nesting energy on things that literally have nothing to do with the baby because my nursery doesn’t really exist yet. So that means I am cleaning out cabinets and drawers and going through boxes of random things that were never unpacked when we moved in. (Say a prayer for me folks, I know that once this house is finished, I will be on baby nesting overdrive. I may turn into a crazy lady.)
While cleaning out said drawers and boxes, I have found a many items that need to get thrown away but I also came across a pretty big stockpile of old canning lid rings. Mostly rusty or a little dented – none of them ones that I would want to use to actually can something. And being the crafty person I am, I couldn’t just throw them out – I could see the potential in them. (Come to think of it, that’s probably why I have drawers and boxes of junk randomly sprinkled around the house – I need to work on that.) Anyways though, the potential I saw in these rings turned into a very easy Pinterest project. Pumpkins!
All you need is about 10 inches of yarn, a bundle of cinnamon sticks, and 20 lid rings. Make sure the bands are all facing the same direction. Run the yarn through the bands and tie. Space the bands so that it looks like a pumpkin. Add the cinnamon sticks to the middle. Done! See – super duper simple.
If you look on the internet, you will find lots of painted ones. Lots of bright orange, or black ones; a few with polka dots or stripes; there’s even one that someone covered each ring individually with old hymnal paper – which is totally right up my alley – but I think that the aged look of the plain old rings is just gorgeous and so simple. However, if you feel like painting them you will need 3 cans of spray paint and you will want to spray the rings BEFORE you construct you pumpkin and let them dry for 24 hours so they don’t stick together and peel the paint off. You could also add leaves or ribbons to the bundle of cinnamon stick to make it look like you pulled it fresh off the vine. Let your imagination soar for this simple project.
Until Next Time,