It’s officially Fall! It’s hotter than heck here in Southern California, but I’m still knee-deep in Autumn-themed crafting. Because even though I’m sweating my butt off behind the glue gun, it’s still my favorite time of the year for decorating. Since my children are still obsessed with the movie Frozen, I felt like I had to somehow fit that into our decor. And after finding the absolute perfect yarn at Michael’s, The Elsa and Anna Pumpkins came to be!
I started with Anna because I thought she would be easier. The yarn I found for her hair is Lion’s Pride Woolspun in Mahogany – it looks very brown on the site but does have a reddish tone in person. It’s not cheap, but if you have a coupon you can get it for a good price.
The Pumpkins are Sugar Pumpkins from Trader Joe’s, ($1.99 each.) I grabbed the biggest ones I could find. The longer the stem is, the easier it will be to attach the yarn, so keep that in mind when you’re shopping for your pumpkins!
Wrap the yarn around the pumpkin three times. (DON’T CUT.) That is the length of yarn you’ll want. Unwrap it from the pumpkin and fold the yarn to make a second strand of the same length. Then fold again to make a third strand of the same length. Repeat 25 to 30 times until you have a big bundle of yarn “hair.”
Anna has bangs, so we need to repeat this step with a shorter length. I used the length from the top of the pumpkin to the bottom, then made a smaller bundle the same way I made the long one.
Place the small bundle directly on top of the big one, making sure to line up the middle as best as possible. Then just tie them together loosely.
Next you’re going to kind of flip the loop so that it will go over the pumpkin stem. Make sure the short bundle is on one side and the long one is on the other side.
Now it’s time for a haircut! Start by cutting off all of the loops and shaping the front into bangs. At this point it’s just a rough outline of the bangs and doesn’t need to be perfect.
Next, cut all of the loops off from the long bundle.
Divide it in half and braid each half. One per side. It’s okay if the back isn’t covered, it won’t be showing!
Tie a piece of yarn a couple of times around the ends of the braids to finish them off.
Last of all, Trim the ends of the braids and the bangs so that they’re nice and even.
Part the bangs to the side a little. Hey look, it’s Anna!
Next up, the Disney Frozen Elsa Inspired Halloween Pumpkin!