Pumpkins, of course, grow on vines, but it's a little more complex than that. A main vine sprouts from the ground, and then other secondary vines grow outward from, but still connected to, the main vine. And actually, if left unpruned, tertiary vines can grow outward from the secondary vines. As the plant grows, you may get many unique pumpkins growing along many separate and different-sized vines, yet all of the individual pumpkins are somehow connected to the main vine. If that doesn't sound like a family, I don't know what does! So, I thought that in honor of pumpkin season, we could put the family tree analogy on a temporary hiatus and create a family pumpkin vine instead.
I recently encountered this post over on Pretty Prudent about making pumpkin stamps out of toilet paper rolls. Take an empty toilet paper roll, fold a little crease into one side, and tape the top so that the crease stays in place. (I used a similar technique in our Mother's Day Garden of Hearts that we made back in May.) I did this with three separate tubes, because I had purchased three different shades of acrylic orange paint. Pumpkins are oftentimes very different shades of orange and I thought it would give the final product a little more dimension. Plus, these little bottles of paint were only $0.50 at Wal-Mart.
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