Yesterday I did a review over on the Frugal is Fabulous! blog for Colleen Dorsey’s book Easy Pumpkin Carving: Spooktacular Patterns, Tips & Ideas. You can read the review here.
What I wanted to do was make a couple of centerpieces for a meal, and then to be able to use the pumpkins to make recipes such as muffins or pancakes. I did not want to carve them. I found some ideas on pages 22 and 23 that I particularly liked.
I wanted flowers and pumpkins, but did not want to hollow out my pumpkins. Instead, I bought autumn floral picks and glued some to the top of each pumpkin, around the stem.
I chose small arrangements of autumn floral picks, and two small pumpkins that would sit nicely on the table.
It was easy to pull the flowers and other items I wanted to use off the picks, and glue them in place where I wanted them.
This was not a time-consuming project, and I ended up with two nice centerpieces. The first was a simple one with leaves and flowers. I simply glued the leaves around the stem, and then topped it off with a few flowers.
This second one was a little different. I started with the leaves again, then added a pinecone and a few other things before adding flowers. I like the look. How about you?
These are great for autumn in general, and also for Thanksgiving. The book has free patterns for Halloween carvings as well.
- They cost less than $10.00 to make.
- I’ll save money in coming years reusing the flowers and other items from the picks.
- I’ll have pumpkin for autumn recipes!
- They will look great at the center any table placed on a runner or placemat.
- These could also be placed on a mantle or on a porch.
How will you decorate your pumpkin?
I did a little fun-shopping the other day. That does not happen very often. One of the places I went was Wal-Mart, to get a few craft supplies. I thought it would be fun to dress up the canning jars I use for storing food.
1/8 yard each of blue and red gingham, because I just love that look ($1.72 for both)
32.8 feet of jute cord ($0.94)
24-pack of Kraft assorted labels ($2.97)
4-pack of 8 ounce canning jars ($4.22)
Total spent for supplies = $9.85/4 = $2.46 per jar
And there are 20 labels, plenty of jute cord, and plenty of fabric left over for other projects.
The materials I used to complete this project will be used over and over, meaning I wont have to re-buy things any time soon.
I’ve decided I love this size canning jar, and will likely buy more. They’ll come in handy for snacks, and can easily be packed into a lunch bag for work. These jars will also hold small bits of food, taking up less space in the pantry than a full size jar with just a little food in it.
4 (8 ounce) canning jars
bowl, about 7 inches in diameter
trail mix, or other foods you want to store
- Wash the canning jars, lids, and rings. Dry thoroughly.
- Place a bowl that is about 7 inches in diameter over the fabric.
- Use the permanent marker or chalk to trace around the bowl on the fabric.
- Wash the bowl so the marker comes off easily.
- Cut 4 circles out of the fabric, where you traced. I folded each of my fabric pieces in half and stacked the two types of fabric, so I would only have to cut once. The fabric was thin enough to do this.
- Divide the trail mix or other foods among the jars.
- Place the lids on the canning jars.
- Center a fabric circle on each lid.
- Place a ring on each jar, screwing into place.
- Cut four 24-inch lengths of jute cord.
- Tie one 24-inch length of jute cord around each ring.
- Using the permanent marker, write ‘Trail Mix’, or whatever will go into the jar, on each 4 labels..
- Tape the tag to the top of the jar.
- If you’ll be putting different types if things in each jar, you might want to use a hole punch to put a hole in each label, and tie them into place at the ring. This way, you’ll be able to see the label at a glance and know what exactly is in each jar.
- If I could have found the right color scrapbook paper and the tag punch I wanted at the store, I would have made my own labels.