Pumpkin Pin Made With Copper Foil Tape

Here is a fast and easy little project: a cute little pumpkin pin made from copper foil tape.  You might remember the aluminum foil duct tape project I did here during my 30 Days of Creativity.  This is very similar but using copper tape I found in the hardware store. The tape is made to repel slugs (Corry’s Slug & Snail Copper Tape Barrier) from plants in your garden but lends itself beautifully to crafting.

Supplies:

Copper Foil Tape

Small Pieces of Card Stock

Scissors

Adhesive

Bone Folder (optional)

Pencil

Small Ball-peen Hammer (or spoon)

Foam Mat (or folded paper towels)

Oval punch (optional)

Thin Cardboard (such as cereal box)

Decorative Paper

Hot Melt Glue Gun and Glue Stick

Pin-Back  (Found at Hobby Lobby, Michaels or other craft store)

Sharpie Pens in black, green and orange (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut shape out from card stock, no wider than 2 pieces of copper foil tape (about 2.5 inches)
  2. Use a scrap of card stock to glue another layer of paper to reinforce stem.
  3. Cover shape with copper foil tape: carefully peel back corner of paper backing but leave most of the paper on. Adhere from the bottom of the pumpkin shape, pulling paper backing off as you go. Repeat with second piece with a seam up the center of the pumpkin.
  4. Use your fingers to smooth the foil over the paper, especially the edges.
  5. Trim foil close to the edge of the paper and smooth around edges with your finger or a bone folder.
  6. Layer an additional piece of foil to stem.
  7. Using a dull pencil, draw curved lines on pumpkin, including up the center to disguise the seam. 
  8. Put pumpkin, foil side down, on a foam pad (or several layers of folded paper towel) and rub with the ball end of a ball-peen hammer (or a spoon) in circular motions, pressing the pumpkin into a rounded shape.
  9. Use a green Sharpie to color the stem and a black one to color the lines.  If desired, add a line of orange Sharpie next to the black lines.
  10. Punch (or cut) two oval shapes from thin cardboard and one oval from decorative paper.
  11. With hot glue gun, glue the two cardboard ovals together.  Glue the decorative paper oval to cardboard ovals.
  12. Glue to the back of the pumpkin.
  13. Glue a pin-back to ovals.

With the supplies on hand you can probably make a pumpkin pin in almost the time it takes to read this post.

 

This little pumpkin looks great pinned on your lapel or sweater.

More Halloween posts to come. Thanks for the visit!

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12 responses to “Pumpkin Pin Made With Copper Foil Tape

  1. Cute idea! This would be a fun one to do with kids.

    • Hi, Julie – Thanks for the comment. The copper foil tape is thin and it is a little tricky getting it peeled off the paper backing and smoothed onto the cardstock. There is a tendency for it to pull off and roll itself into a sticky little copper foil tube which is difficult to unroll. However, with assistance I think it would be great for kids and I know some kids who are great crafters and would have no trouble with it. By the way, I love your hotmail address!

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  5. very cute and well done you

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