Stocking Pumpkins

I’ve seen this idea floating around online and wanted to make my own. I want to reuse them year after year without having remake them, so I bought a couple of fake pumpkins to use instead of real ones. The instructions I give are how I did it; there are other ways to do this, but you still end up with the same result. Do whatever works best for you.

Stocking Pumpkins

~ Sorry! I don’t have step-by-step pictures for this. I made them a few days ago and only took pictures after I finished.

What you will need:

  • Pumpkins, real or fake (make sure they are a size that will fit into the legs of panty hose)
  • Panty hose with a design (lace, spider web, etc.)
  • Needle and black thread
  • Fabric rosettes (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Hot glue gun (optional)
  • Paint (optional)

What to do:

  1. If desired, paint the stems of the pumpkins. I used oiled bronze spray paint because it was dark and I had it on hand. You could use acrylic paint, too. I found that using a plastic grocery bag with a little hole ripped in the bottom for the stem to go through worked very well to cover the pumpkin.
  2. Cut one full leg off of the panty hose. Turn the pumpkin upside down in your lap and push the panty hose over the whole pumpkin. This is a little tricky; it takes some finagling. Arrange it as desired. Tie a simple knot in the hose at the bottom.
  3. Thread your needle and use a gather stitch on the panty hose around the stem. (In case you don’t already know, a gather stitch is simply pushing the needle through, up and down, and then pulling the thread tight so that the fabric bunches up–or gathers.) You want the edge of the panty hose at the base of the stem. Tie off your thread, and trim any excess fabric away from the stem, if needed (be careful not to cut through your stitches!).
  4. If desired, hot glue fabric rosettes and ribbon to the pumpkin.

Tips & Variations:

  • Instead of tying a knot beneath the pumpkin, you can stitch it up. This lets it sit flat. If your pumpkin has room beneath or is heavy enough, this may not matter.
  • Spray paint the pumpkin before putting on the panty hose. (See my silver pumpkin in the picture above.)
  • Glue on glitter, buttons, or whatever odds and ends you may have. Just remember, less is more, so keep it simple; you already have a lot of visual interest going on with the stocking design, so anything you add should enhance that.

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