Dollar Tree Jute Pumpkin From Rusty Hanging Baskets - REALLY!!

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For those who have seen my projects on Hometalk, you know I love using jute rope. This project uses two recycled hanging baskets that had gotten too wet and rusted. I took the two baskets and scrubbed them thoroughly outside and scraped off as much rust as I could. I took off the chains and turned the baskets top to top. I then used Dollar Tree masking tape to secure them together. Sorry, I forgot to take a photo. I then wrapped the entire connected baskets with remnants of jute rope and covered all the wire and secured it with hot glue. Here is what it looked like covered.

I then grabbed my Dollar Tree 4 ply jute rope and began weaving it in my usual manner, over, under, over, under. I found out VERY quickly that it was taking ENTIRELY too much rope. 🙄 I had used 12 packs of rope and had only covered HALF of the pumpkin. And it didn’t look very good either. PLAN B: I took all 12 pieces of rope off the piece to start over. I split one of the 4 ply ropes into two 2 ply pieces. I taped both ends with masking tape from Dollar Tree to keep them rolled together. Here’s how it looks.

I have to apologize, again, because I failed to photograph how I started with the different method. When I get into crafting mode, I forget to take photos. This is how I did it. Starting at one end of the wrapped bottoms of the baskets, I hot glued the end of the rope to the inside of the piece. Now it’s PRETEND time. Pretend that this basket is the one wrapped with remnant jute rope. I taped the jute rope to the circle like I usually hot glue it. I then take the rope to the first rib toward me and go under that rib and pull rope back over the rib. Then go to next rib toward me and repeat this over again and again. This is how the basket looks and keep working my way up. I know it may be confusing. I’m trying to figure a way to video myself doing this.

Once you get to the end of the rope, hot glue the taped portion to the inside of a rib each time and hold it until set. To start the next portion of rope, hot glue the taped part inside the basket and keep repeating the weaving pattern. This is how it looks when completely covered.

My hubby cut a “stem” for my pumpkin from a branch that had fallen in our yard. I hot glued it in the center of the pumpkin. I then cut fall colored leaves and berries off of a single Dollar Tree floral stem and hot glued them around the stem.

Here's a guide on how to hang plants from the ceiling without holes.

This is my completed pumpkin and it only took 8 packs of the jute rope! Not your standard pumpkin and definitely different. It’s okay with me though. I like different! Let me know what you think. Would love for you Hometalkers to check out my other projects and see what I have done with more unusual items.

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  • Lil29202353 Lil29202353 on Sep 16, 2021

    So- instead of doing n entire project again- could you just show the start up and a little bit and then how you finish it off? I’m a visual learner and I’m not getting this. Thanks if you can! Ok if not

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  • Heather Ruiz Heather Ruiz on Sep 21, 2021

    Love this!! Could be used for many holidays with different foilage etc. And even just the wrapped baskets with a faux candle. Thanks for sharing

    • GeorgiaBulldogsFan GeorgiaBulldogsFan on Oct 11, 2021

      Hi Heather. Thank you for your sweet comment. You are right, you could use this pumpkin for more than one holiday. Thanks again.

  • Sha25881906 Sha25881906 on Sep 22, 2021

    I love this. The look is sophisticated & the concept seems to me to be very adaptable to varied looks. You could make a simple basket like half of the first one & fill it with whatever, you could take that simple basket & line it with fabric in any print for a holiday or to match decor. You could make the entire pumpkin shape like the first one & fill with something or line it with fabric, the possibilities are very interesting. And the completed one just looks so terrific.