I wish I could say today’s project idea is my very own, but I actually found it in a free home ideas magazine from Lowe’s a few months ago. Still, I was so pleased with it when I tried it out that I knew I had to share it with my readers, giving full credit where credit is due, of course. (Click here to see the project on the Lowe’s website.) Here’s how the project worked out for me:
Time: 20 minutes
- Pumpkin in your choice of size or shape – I used a small pie pumpkin about 6 inches in diameter. Cost = $2
- Cut Mums in any colors you like – The project recommends at least 100 for a small pumpkin and 120 for a larger pumpkin. It ended up taking me 92 blooms to cover my pumpkin. Cost = $8.
- Scissors and an awl for poking holes. (A Phillips head screwdriver could work in a pinch.) I had these tools so they cost me nothing.
- Begin by using the awl to poke holes all over the pumpkin. Don’t worry about making neat rows – it really won’t matter later. I poked the holes about half an inch apart. Poke all the holes at once before you begin inserting flowers. It’s much harder to work around the flowers once they’re in the pumpkin.
- Trim the flowers to about 2 inches and strip all the foliage from the stems. Poke the stems down into the holes. Check the pumpkin for bare spots and poke extra holes for flowers as needed. My pumpkin had a pretty short stem that got lost among the blossoms, so I poked a stem with a few leaves into a hole on top. That’s it – project done!