Vintage look pumpkin on a spring.

I really love vintage Halloween stuff but it’s very expensive to buy so I decided to copy a pumpkin from a vintage postcard. I put it on a spring and stuck it in a rusty can which I showed how to make in a previous project. (See candle can project.)


  • One rusty can
  • small piece of canvas fabric
  • wire
  • black, white, and orange paint
  • fabric strip to wrap onto wire
  • small amount of polyester stuffing

Step 1.

Make a coil with your piece of wire.

Step 2.

Tear a strip of fabric about an inch wide and about a yard long. Wrap the wire coil as shown. I glued the end and used a clothespin to hold it until it dried. Make a loop at the end as shown with pliers.

Step 3.

Cut two 5 inch circles from the canvas fabric. Paint them orange. After it dries paint a white smile as shown.

Step 4.

Paint on eyes and nose as shown.

Step 5.

Paint on teeth as shown.

Step 6.

Paint black circles inside the white circles to make eyes.

Step 7.

After paint is completely dry place circles right sides together and stitch, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave an opening at bottom as shown. Turn to outside and then lightly stuff with polyester filling.

Step 8.

Stick the looped end of the wire inside the opening of the pumpkin head. Stitch it into place. You can use hot glue instead if you prefer.

Use hot glue to secure the coil inside the can and then use a piece of your fabric strip to tie around the can. I added a bell but you can get creative and use something else.

About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.