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My Mum-Covered Pumpkin …. FAIL.

So I tried to do this mum-covered pumpkin project I saw on the Lowe’s site.  They were all “buy a big pumpkin or three or four – and then buy a whole bunch of mums – and then stick all the mums in the pumpkin!”  And I was all  “That will cost an arm and a leg and will die in a week.  I pity the fool!”

Remember?   And remember how I said I was just going to hot glue some fake mums onto a fake pumpkin and it would be just as good?

Well – unless picture #2 is what constitutes “just as good” – then I think we can safely call this a FAIL.

I was going to write “Nailed It!!!!!” on the second picture – but I was kinda scared someone would think I was delusional enough to think I really did nail it – and then mock me in private.  SO – here are some tips from me to you:

  1. When in the Dollar Tree looking at this tiny $1 carveable foam pumpkin and thinking to yourself “Wow.  This is really, really small.  Maybe I should just hold off on this craft for awhile….”  Listen to yourself and pass it on by.
  2. When picking out fall flowers to cover said tiny pumpkin with – don’t skimp and get only 2 stems like I did.  Because of this – I had to pull apart my measely assortment of fake mums, spread the petals flat while gluing – to cover more pumpkin – and burn my fingers 32 times in the process.
  3. When picking a pumpkin for this project – do pick one that is big and has a stem long enough to be noticeable and relate to the neighborhood that this is a pumpkin under these flowers – not a soccer ball or a hat or something.

To witness this Mumkin Fail rise like a Phoenix from the ashes – make sure you read the second part of this story:“The Little Mumkin That Could”


  1. Jamie- I’m so proud of you for trying. I’m pretty “craftsy” and I wouldn’t even attempt that one..
    A+ for effort.

  2. Ok I think your wonderful just for admitting what you did. It’s funny to us I mean I am cracking up. But I have been there on more times than I want to admit so I feel your pain. A couple of weeks ago I was trying to sew something for my mother and it was a total FAIL.It really bothers me but you learn from your mistakes. and how do you know if you can do something if you don’t try.

  3. That is hilarious! You get my admiration for even trying that craft- thanks for sharing your failure :)

  4. Elizabeth Blevins says:

    I love this! I feel better knowing that I’m not the only one that fails at these so called “easy” projects! lol


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