Buffalo Check Pumpkin Door Hanger

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Are you ready for Fall??!! I made this super cute buffalo check door hanger using a Dollar Tree wire pumpkin!

There are so many creative ideas out there using these so if you see one at your local store make sure to pick it up!

Using my wire cutters, I snipped each prong of the pumpkin where it meets the frame at the top. I tried to get as close as possible.

I found this set of buffalo check beads on Amazon a while ago and it sparked the idea for this project!! (Yes, even in the heat of July I was thinking about what Fall projects I was going to teach you!!)

They have gone up a few dollars since I purchased them…but you know Amazon the prices fluctuate daily.

This project uses 132 of the 200 beads in the bag.

OK, this part is so easy…it reminded me of playing with an abacus!

I used the same pattern throughout the wire pumpkin: natural, white, gray, buffalo, black.

All you have to do is run the beads down the wire.

When I got to the last bead on each row, I added a drop of hot glue in the hole, put it on the wire, then added hot glue on the top of the bead( and the small piece of exposed wire) and attached it to the frame.

What I found worked best was to attach it right NEXT to where I originally snipped it from…that little remnant of wire left on the frame made it difficult to attach it in the same spot. You won’t be able to tell when it’s finished!!

Also, make sure that you are gluing each row as you finish it. (I didn’t the 1st time and all the beads rolled right off when I started the next row…it was a “duh” moment for sure!!!)

Here's the finished pumpkin.

To finish off my pumpkin door hanger, I put together a simple bow for the top of the door hanger. All I did was lay 6 pieces of ribbon in a star pattern ( 2 buffalo plaid, 2 natural, 2 thin velvet).

I zip-tied them in the center.

Then I cut a piece of the buffalo plaid ribbon, folded that in half, and zip-tied that bow on top of the other ribbon.

I glued a couple of greenery leaves over the bow (it hides the zip ties!), then a small clump of Spanish moss, and a wood stem (they sell bags at the Dollar Tree…if you see them grab them!! They look great in faux pumpkins too!!)

A teeny sprig of white flowers finished off this door hanger.

Well, isn’t that a cute idea for something other than a wreath for your front door!! It was really easy to make..the hardest part was cutting the wire at the beginning!

If you aren’t a fan of the buffalo check mixed beads you could do just natural beads or even dye them any color you like. Go check out my Wood Bead Wreath to see the cool and super easy way I dyed my beads!! I have hundreds of Fall decorating ideas so stop by for a visit!!

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Jennifer Howard| Cottage On Bunker Hill
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  • Nannygoat Nannygoat on Sep 13, 2021

    I made this with multi colored beads was cute gave to my granddaughter who is 24 yrs old she picked it up out of the box and the beads all popped off she lives in WA so now Ned to figure out a new way to keep the beads on 😢 do- over

  • Nannygoat Nannygoat on Sep 13, 2021

    I think I’m going to see if my husband will solder the ends closed for me