Clothespin Slinky Pumpkins

While everyone else is probably thinking about Christmas decorations, I’m still working on Fall. Partly because I procrastinate. And partly because ideas almost always come at the last minute. So here I am, walking through the Dollar Spot at Target, when I see these little Slinkys. And I think to myself, those would make some really cute pumpkins! Just like any normal person would. So I got about 7 for myself and one for my daughter. Totally fair.
Slinky Clothespin PumpkinsBut look! Aren’t they cute? I made two different versions. The first one is made with just pieces of clothespins for decoration. The second one is made with the full clothespin. And I’m thinking they would make really cute place card holders. But for now I’m using mine as a garland.Slinky Clothespin PumpkinsYou will need:

  • Slinkys
  • Clothespins
  • Twine, sisal, etc.
  • Glue gun

Slinky Clothespin Pumpkins1. Put a big ol’ blob of hot glue on the little knob clip thingy on one end of the slinky, and glue it to the other little knob clip thingy on the other end of the slinky.
Slinky Clothespin Pumpkins2. Roll the thingies to the inside of the slinky. Slinky Clothespin Pumpkins3. For the full clothespin version, put a blob of glue on the knob clip things, and put your clothespin upside down in the center of the slinky. Apply more glue around the sides and front of the opposite side of the clothespin. Hold the slinky tight around it to keep it in place until it holds. Slinky Clothespin PumpkinsFor the partial clothespin version, take your clothespin apart so you have half of it to work with. Apply glue to the knob clip things, and glue the clothespin piece to it. I rolled the knob clips back out so you could see where I glued it to the clothespin half. It fits right in the curve.Slinky Clothespin Pumpkins4. Now you can add some twine or sisal to it by simply gluing it in place. It fits perfectly in the groove. Then you’ll want to add some glue below it, and hold the slinky firmly around it to keep it in place. Is anyone else seeing a super cute wreath possibility??Slinky Clothespin PumpkinsAnd that’s it! I’ve got about five of these puppies on some sisal making a pretty and simple garland. They would be so cute on a Thanksgiving table holding place cards, too.Slinky Clothespin PumpkinsThen I’ve got these two cuties just hanging out as decoration.Slinky Clothespin PumpkinsThis is probably one of the simplest projects ever, but it’s definitely one of my favorites. I LOVE my little pumpkins!

Go and get yourselves some Slinkys! You may be able to find both clothespins and tiny Slinkys at your local dollar store. And don’t forget to pick one up for the kiddo. ;)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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18 Comments on Clothespin Slinky Pumpkins

  1. Talitha
    November 16, 2012 at 10:22 am (2 years ago)

    These are seriously cute! I love that your creative mind saw slinkys and went “Ah! Pumpkins!” And as always, your photography rocks my socks!

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    • Britni
      December 5, 2012 at 12:35 am (2 years ago)

      HA! That “creative mind” is probably the same thing that makes my husband go, “Oh crap, what are you doing now?!” ;)

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  2. Tanya
    November 16, 2012 at 11:19 am (2 years ago)

    These are darling!! Yay for procrastinating ;)

    xoxo, Tanya

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    • Britni
      December 5, 2012 at 12:34 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Tanya! Procrastinating is one thing I’m very good at ;)

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  3. melissa {mamamiss}
    November 16, 2012 at 11:26 am (2 years ago)

    ummm sorry about the photo(watcha talking bout silly)??? That was seriously MY FAVORITE photo of all of them!!! Before I read your caption – I was like WOWZERS – I LOVE LOVE LOVE that pic of a slinky!!! I know this is super cheesy…but that is a frame-worthy pic…I’d slap that sucker in a frame & but it in little T’s room – the picture perfectly captures a slinky in all it’s slinky glory!!! Again – BEST PIC EVER – I love it!!! Oh & again too – GENIUS!! haha – you & me in the dollar store – yep, we should be on one of those challenges of where our minds go when we see things ;) Love your creative mind, my lovely blogging BFF :)

    xx {love} m

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    • Britni
      December 5, 2012 at 12:33 am (2 years ago)

      HAHAHA! Thanks! That is actually a really fun idea to hang a picture of a slinky! I may have to recreate this one day :) I took it at night so it’s a little crazy looking. OH that would be hilarious and too much fun if we did a dollar store challenge! Good thing we don’t live close to each other, we’d get ourselves in trouble :)

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  4. Jill Flory
    November 16, 2012 at 11:37 am (2 years ago)

    That is super cute and fun! What a great idea!

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    • Britni
      December 5, 2012 at 12:30 am (2 years ago)

      Aw thanks, Jill!

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    • Britni
      December 5, 2012 at 12:30 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! I was channeling my inner Tuula on this project! ;) I thought you might like this one!

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  5. Michelle
    November 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm (2 years ago)

    Kool Idea! I love them. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Britni
      December 5, 2012 at 12:30 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Michelle!

      Reply
  6. laurel
    November 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm (2 years ago)

    This is soooo cute!! I like the idea of them holding business cards.
    I also like the use of the word “thingie”
    ;)

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    • Britni
      December 5, 2012 at 12:27 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Laurel! HAHA! I had absolutely no idea what those things were called, so it seemed appropriate ;)

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  7. Denise Iroler
    November 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this! So inventive and creative!

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    • Britni
      December 5, 2012 at 12:26 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Denise! They were so much fun to make :)

      Reply
  8. Kathy Moody
    November 20, 2012 at 11:10 am (2 years ago)

    These are so darn cute and clever!! What a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing again this week at A Bouquet of Talent!! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs

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    • Britni
      December 5, 2012 at 12:22 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Kathy! They were pretty fun to make :) I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving too!

      Reply

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