How To Build A Successful Pumpkin Parachute
We're nearly a week into November, and at this point your Halloween candy is probably completely gone. But your pumpkins might still be around! They're wonderful generic Fall decor, and can work all month long.
But if you're looking to get rid of yours in a fun way, this is how we did it.
Remember the egg drop experiment in school? Well, it can be modified for a pumpkin! And so, we crafted a pumpkin parachute. All it took was some duct tape, yarn and a tablecloth. Watch how it went:
I admit, I had my doubts on our handiwork. Surely a quality parachute should require more "official" materials right? But it worked! Our pumpkin only sustained a crack – it was substantial, but it didn't cut all the way through.
If you want to try this at home, here are some quick steps.
A full tablecloth can be a little big, so we'd recommend cutting one in half. From there, fold the piece in half, and then in half again.
Once you have your square, cut a smaller square out of the corner furthest from the creases. When you open the cloth back up, it should look like a big plus sign.
Now that the tablecloth looks like a giant plus sign, you tape together the corners that are right next to each other. It's kind of like origami! When finished, it'll look like a little sack.
For extra sturdiness, use two pieces of duct tape to create a giant X in the center of the top side of the chute.
When I say cables, I mean yarn. We used four strands of yarn braided together. These will be the main support pieces during the fall.
For best results, you'll want to create a sort of macrame cradle for the pumpkin – lots of support at the stem and around the body. You can get a close up look in the video!
Blindly tossing is fun, but can hit unexpected obstacles. It's smartest to find a good landing spot before heading up to the drop point and marking it clearly.
This is the fun part. Make sure there's enough separation between the chute and the pumpkin, so wind can get under the chute and let her fly!