Begin by threading the end of the twine through the roll and tying a tight knot. After you tie the knot, shimmy the knot into the middle of the roll so it is hidden.
|Tie the twine into a knot|
Pull plenty of twine from the roll. Make a mental note to pull only the amount that you can force through the center of the paper roll. You should pull only half of what you need at first. It is easy to tie another knot as you go along for more twine. Cut the end of the pulled twine from the roll.
|Pull twine from roll|
Begin by wrapping the twine four or five times around one section of the roll. Then turn the roll 1/4 around and repeat. This process will repeat until the entire roll is covered in twine. By doing it in quarter turns, the twine inside the roll stays firmly against the side so as you push and pull the excess in and out of the roll it doesn’t tangle the extra twine. It also keeps the paper evenly mashed down so that one side doesn’t bulge to the point you can’t evenly cover it. No misshapen pumpkins here!
|Wrap the twine around the roll|
You may run out of twine from the wrapping process. Don’t worry. Repeat the first step. Tie the end of the old twine to the new and conceal the knot inside the roll. Pull extra twine from the roll at this point and clip the end from the roll when you have plenty. Continue wrapping the roll in twine in quarter turns until it is fully covered.
|Tie a new knot if you run out of twine|
Once the roll is completely covered, take the end of the twine and tuck it under a strand that is already on the roll. Dab a bit of glue over the entire edge of the twine and allow to dry. This will seal the end to keep the twine from unraveling.
|Seal the end with glue|
|Find a stick to use|
Gently push the stick into the hole on the top of the “pumpkin” to finish the project.
|And the pumpkin is complete!|
The entire project takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. I let my glue dry overnight before I place the stick in the top. It is great to use different rolls of toilet tissue also because the thicknesses vary and the “pumpkins” will be varied in shapes. For taller “pumpkins” use a cut paper towel roll. You can cut the roll in half or 3/4 of the way up the roll for giant “pumpkins.”