25 October 2009

Goody Gourds

I have been missing my friends (big and small) over at GHS, but haven't had a chance to talk to most of them. So, I decided to make a basket of goody gourds to be surreptitiously delivered to the kitchen as a surprise for all my big friends. Each little goody gourd includes a handmade felt "kind soul" ghostie pin, a packet of sweet tarts and a packet of kisses. T helped enormously in creating the gourds. He did the actual assembly of the entire patch!

Goody Gourds Tutorial
You will need:
Orange cocktail napkins (tissue paper would work also, but rips more easily)
Green pipe cleaners
Goodies for stuffing the pumpkins
Green paper for cutting out leaf tags and hole punch (optional)

To make the pumpkins:
  1. Open up a napkin into a square.
  2. Place your goodies in the center. Pull up the edges and gather them at the top, creating a little sack.
  3. Wrap a green pipe cleaner around the "stem" twice, leaving the ends unwound.
  4. Cut out a green leaf tag, punch a hole in the top and thread it onto the pipe cleaner.
  5. Using a pencil, wrap the loose ends of the pipe cleaner around to create a vine curl on each end.
  6. Distribute to your friends!

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