Free Pattern :: Sequin Pumpkin

 Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. ~ Jim Bishop

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. ~ Jim Bishop

This project is a tribute to my grandma who loved to make fancy ornaments by pushing a few sequins and pins into a Smoothfoam ball. Why keep this technique for just Christmas crafts? Time to dust it off for Halloween!

2″ Smoothfoam ball
Orange acrylic paint
Sponge brush
Pencil, thimble
Assorted cup sequins (I used medium/large sizes of gold and all sizes of blue)
4mm orange seed beads
Size 11 orange seed beads
Straight pins
Large green glass bead and size 11 green seed bead

1.  Stick a toothpick into the base of the ball to be your handle and paint one layer of orange. Allow to dry, then paint a second layer and let dry.

2.  Lightly pencil in the face of your Jack-o-Lantern on the ball and fill in with blue sequins, pressed into the ball with pins. If your fingers begin to hurt, use a thimble to help you push in the pins.

3.  To fill the rest of the ball, starting at the center seam line. Pick up a small seed bead, then the larger seed bead,  then a gold sequin with your pin and push the pin into the ball. Work around the ball in rows to fill the bottom half, then the top half, slightly overlapping the sequins as you go.  Leave the very bottom of the ball empty, so the pumpkin won’t roll.

4.  When you get tot the top of the pumpkin, add a green stem by picking up a small green seed bead and a large cut glass bead on a pin and push it into position.

For more Smoothfoam crafty inspiration, go to there blog.