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How To Make A Pumpkin Out Of Chicken Wire

October 09, 2020

Greetings and happy October friends! Today I am joining 6 other bloggers for 10 on the Tenth as we all share our take on the theme of Harvest. I am bringing back an oldie but goodie craft; the chicken wire pumpkin. I have had many requests to revisit this post and share the gauge of chicken wire that I used as well as detailed DIY instructions. I went ahead and tweaked the original design of the pumpkin from my 2013 French Western Chicken Wire Pumpkin post by changing the gauge of wire, added some copper wiring, beads and burlap flower.

 😊 If you will just scroll to the bottom of this post all of the links to the other creative bloggers will be available. 

We all hope you will enjoy our posts and leave feeling totally inspired!


Supplies For Chicken Wire Pumpkin

1. Light weight chicken wire 13.7 x 40 inches 0.63 mesh (mini wire pliers included.) (Amazon)

2. Real wire cutters if you are using chicken wire from your own supplies (not florist wire cutters) (Tractor Supply or Home Depot)

3. Natural Burlap Flower (Craft Box)
4. Copper beading  wire 24 gauge (Hobby Lobby)

5.Assorted beads (Hobby Lobby) *remember to use your coupon*

6. All purpose metal wire for attaching sides of pumpkin and stem.


I love copper wire. I have a dear friend who got me hooked on beads and wire. 

Her name is Carole and she writes two blogs. I encourage you to drop and visit her, she is a very talented and uplifting gal.



How To Make A Chicken Wire Pumpkin Stem

The gauge of this chicken wire was perfect, it was easy to handle and relatively easy to mold into shapes. I have provided you the link of the product above and at the end of this post.


I designed and created this new chicken wire stem by cutting the chicken wire into approximately a 13 inch by 6 inch rectangle and then began twisting and molding it into a stem shape. This is the new stem that I designed using chicken wire, copper wire and beads. I attached the stem to the pumpkin using metal wire.

If you prefer the original style (photo below) create a chicken wire stem form and wrap it in burlap.


I attached the stem to the pumpkin by using wire from my craft closet. Any flexible wire will work.


How To Make A Pumpkin Out Of A Chicken Wire

Step One: The Mold

First off a mold is needed to create a pumpkin shape. I chose to use a felt pumpkin as my mold. It was super soft and easy to work with and I like the height and shape of it as well.




Working from top to bottom unroll the chicken wire and place on mold, once the chicken wire is in place and there is enough slack in the wire begin to wrap, press and tuck into place. Once that is done cut the wire and secure the two top pieces with metal wire.
Repeat the process for the sides of the pumpkin





How Much Time Does It Take To Make A Chicken Wire Pumpkin?

This project from to start to finish took just about 2 hours.
This project can be customized and so many more details can be added.


How Much Did This Chicken Wire Pumpkin Cost-
Just under $10.00
Beading wire was 2.99, beads were 4.00 and the total cost of the chicken wire was 15.99 however, I can easily get three or four pumpkins out of the chicken wire, and these beads will serve many purposes.


As you can see in the original design in the photos below I molded the chicken wire pumpkin to have more dimension and detail.

There are many ways to make this pumpkin your own, just let your imagination be your guide!


Thank you again for joining us today and Happy Fall to one all!
Please join me on Tuesday as we kick off a Halloween Tablescape Blog Hop!





Jemma @ At Home With Jemma ( Here)




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  1. This is a fantastic project! Great tutorial too.

    Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cindy. I enjoyed your Oatmeal cookie recipe too.

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  2. Very clever! I can even imagine these being spray painted! Well done!

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    1. Agree, spray painting would be a fun way to add to color !

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  3. Chicken wire can be tough to work with, but I'm thinking the lighter gauge makes it much easier. Your pumpkin in beautiful, Jemma. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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    1. Totally Ann, chicken wire can be very challenging, but this lighter gauge made all the difference and no punctured fingers either!

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  4. Joyce, How cute is this? I know that working with chicken wire is super hard ( a least for me)! I love this. What a great idea. I'm definitely going to have to give this one a try. Pinning and I'll let you know!

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    1. Tammy you are the sweetest and I thank you. This lighter weight chicken wire made all of the difference in this project. Much more pliable and not hard on the hands either.

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    1. Thanks Jeanie, I am channeling your Southern Exposure and dreaming!

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  6. What a fun pumpkin. It is so cute with all the cute decorations you placed on the stem area. Using the pumpkin to shape the wire was a great idea since the chicken wire has a mind of it's own. Love it!

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    1. I love working with wire and now that I have discovered a lightweight chicken wire I am pretty much in heaven! Thanks so much.

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  7. This is amazing Jemma. I love it. So cute and different. Love your details on the stem. Very pretty. Happy Weekend. xoxo

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  8. So creative and fun. Lots of possibilities for decorating and maybe painting. Happy weekend dear Jemma. xoxo

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    1. Thank you sweet friend! It's a fun project with so many possibilities.

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  9. Oh, this is very creative, Jemma. Who would have thought you could make
    something so cute out of chicken wire. I think the turquoise beads add a special
    touch. I love that orange pumpkin, it's so pretty. Your house is starting to be
    all decked out for Autumn, and your table centerpiece is delightful.

    Thanks for visiting, Jemma. It's always so nice to see your smiling face. : )

    ~Sheri

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  10. Good morning Jemma! I'm late; I've been outside taking photos and enjoying the amazing colors here! I've never attempted anything out of chicken wire but this looks fun. You are always so good to be on top of the seasonal decorating; though I'm retired now, I haven't had a chance to change things around. I think our warmer than usual weather has unmotivated me to decorate but our temps are going to drop after today! ENJOY my beautiful, creative friend!

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  11. Good morning, Jemma. You are always so creative and the tutorial is perfect for non-crafters like me. I love the chicken wire pumpkin, it is so cute. The centerpiece you created with the pumpkin is just gorgeous on your table! Thank you for always inspiring me to dust off my old crafting self and get busy. Happy Sunday!

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  12. This pumpkin turned out so cute! You did a great job & I love the idea of the chicken wire but I’m not sure why!! Maybe because it seems like there are lots of creative uses for it! Lovely pumpkin!

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  13. Your pumpkin is really cute Jemma! I love the way you styled it with the black and white checked cones, {I have some of those too!!} Such a fun decorative piece!
    Jenna

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  14. Love working with wire! Love how it turned out!

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  15. I'm just now getting to my emails and had to see this project. You are brave to dive into crafting with chicken wire. I have never been able to get past using it for raising quail or chickens. A neat material but I make such a mess with it. Thanks for mentioning me too, that was sweet and love what you did with those beads. Some day we need to sit down and play with beads again. Maybe a retreat or something? Have a great week!
    Hugs,
    Carole

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  16. Such a cute project! Loving the pumpkin. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  17. Awesome idea and unique looking! It looks great in your tablescape.

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