Embrace the quirks of nature for this project, inspired by plant roots and leaves. Pass over perfect-looking pumpkins and opt instead for those with cracks and unusual shading.
Photography: NGOC MINH NGO
Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2015
Print leaf templates and tile as needed. Trace templates onto tar paper with pencil or china marker; cut out with heavy-duty scissors. Score and fold leaves as indicated on templates to create look of veins. Cut a 12-inch piece of wire, bend one end into a small loop, and hot-glue to back of leaf. Repeat to make desired number of leaves. To make tendrils, wrap 18-inch-long pieces of wire around a pencil (as shown).
To assemble vine: Cut 2 pieces of wire to desired vine length; twist together to create main vine. Add leaves and tendrils by twisting wire attached to each around main vine several times.