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Friday, October 26, 2012

Day 26 ~ Paper Pumpkin Candy Pouches from the Dollar Store

Today I am headed out to lunch with some of my blogging friends ~ Linda, Marty, Ceekay, Mimi and Cindy.

These girls are my heart and I always like to bring a small token of affection to show how much I appreciate their friendship.

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I had seen some darling pumpkin pouches on Organize & Decorate Everything and gave the idea a try. Using orange pumpkin doilies from the dollar store and green bakers twine I had on hand (Martha Stewart ~ Michaels) the doily pumpkins were SO cute.

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Sweet Boy needed treats for an upcoming school party, I wanted to pass out something cute to neighborhood children I know as well as a church function we are attending this evening. That made for a paper pumpkin count of about 100. While the doily pumpkins were adorable, the hand stitching meant I could only create between 15 ~ 20 pumpkins an hour. Hmmm. Could I create something a bit faster?

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I had also picked up this pumpkin garland at the dollar store for another idea I had in mind.

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I quickly surmised I could easily cut along the folds and then shape the pumpkin a bit.

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Then I took two pieces and made sure the stems faced the same direction.

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Placing one on top of the other I quickly zig zagged stitched the pumpkin together leaving a 1 –2 inch gap at the top near the stem.

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Each pumpkin took literally 5 seconds to sew. I had fun playing around with various stitches.

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Then I made two holes with a hole punch going through both pumpkin layers.

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If you wanted to personalize the pumpkins it is best to do so before they are filled.

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Spoon in your favorite hard candy mix. (Nuts are too oily.) Feed a few handfuls into your mouth as well. :)

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String raffia or the ribbon of your choice through the punched holes and tie the pumpkin closed. Spooktacular!

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I can’t wait to pass out these sweet treats!

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Who will you say “boo” to?


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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

What an AWESOME idea!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee these!!!!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

cute and creative,, you are so smart~!

Auntie Em said...

Very cute idea! Fun place markers as well for a festive table.
Your stitching is so even. I am so wobbly,especially trying to do curves. :)

Jane said...

So cute - and what clever ideas! I think I have some of those pumpkin doilies .... hmmm!

linda t said...

Love your sewing paper projects ~ I must do that! A fun, resourceful way to use up all the scrapbooking paper I got laying around :)
Looking forward to seeing you today!

Kelley Highway said...

These are soooo cute... what a wide variety! Great, {cheap} ideas, Laura.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Laura! These are darling!
I think that they will be a big hit on Pinterest!
Have a great weekend, my friend!

Connie said...

This is the cutest idea! You are a genius. Anytime you can create something with such a personal homespun touch and for pennies on the dollar . . . . well all can say is PERFECT:)
Thanks for sharing.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Karen Albert said...

Laura oh how I wish I had your creative mind!! These are wonderful ideas for little treats!

Art by Karena

Sandy said...

Brilliant Laura! I am so hitting the dollar store this weekend to see if I can get supplies to make these for some very special little goblins that will be visiting the Quill next Wednesday!

I love how you share really efficient, time/money saving holiday ideas that are adorable!

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Mary Ellen said...

Aren't you just so clever!!??? These are adorable Laura!

Kit said...

Clever idea! They will make for very special treats. :) Kit

Liz said...

I'm not going to lie! I really hate it that I missed seeing you guys today. :( I bet your all had so much fun.


Christie said...

Very cute, and smart to "assembly-line" the garland and machine stitching for that many.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I had so much fun today Laura! You always inspire me every time we get together and on your blog as well!
So glad we got to talk a little bit longer too.
Big Hugs and all the deserve it my friend,