DIY-Pumpkin seed ornaments

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Went way back for this one, can’t believe how many posts I have on here. I remember these early days of blogging and I am still figuring it all out, plus I have a new computer now and everything is different. I will not even go into the frustrations with learning new programs, still having fun blogging and sharing with you all. I have hit over 300 followers this month so thank you everyone for that. Hope you all enjoy this re-post of what to do with all those pumpkin seeds. I am sure you will have a lot after Halloween, so make some art and have fun creating flowers.

Re-post:

Okay, blogging is not what I thought it would be, it is fun, but it is a ton of work. I have finally figured out the “Like” area, so now I can like others, which is nice but that is just a tiny bit of what the blogging world is all about. I really was spending a ton of time raising my kids and being a homemaker so I just left all this technical stuff to the rest of the world, then one day I woke up and it was a different world, anyway it is fun figuring it all out and I love all those adventure stories and ideas out there that everyone is sharing.

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So today I have a little time to make those pumpkin ornaments I was talking about in a past blog post. We are getting ready for another mini trip up north and my plate is actually pretty full with projects but these little ornaments don’t really take a lot of time or supplies.

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If you still have pumpkins seeds left from Halloween, you can bake them and add salt or you can create art with them.

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Because I didn’t have a whole lot of time, I decided to try something different and got out my dyes which included fabric dyes, food coloring dyes and even some ink. Instead of water coloring or hand coloring pumpkin seeds individually I thought it would be faster to color several at once using dyes. I was taking a huge chance here, not really knowing how they would turn out, wondering if it was going to be one of those “nailed it” moments that all us crafters experience now and then when we try something someone else has done that just looks so beautiful but ours turns out looking pretty sad…but very funny.

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Before you get started here are some supplies you will need:

Pumpkin seeds

Assorted colors of dyes, but you can use permanent markers or water colors if you like, or just keep them plain.

Baker’s twine (dollar stores always has a nice variety to choose from if you are frugal like me)

Glue

Card stock or any cardboard will do ( I used an old cereal box)

Gloves (working in dyes can leave stains)

Plastic table cover (also at dollar store)

Wooden skewer to stir with

Scissors

Plastic drinking cups

Paper towels

Plastic spoon

First you need to clean out your pumpkins and start washing and drying the seeds.

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This is a fun project for kids and if you have children with sensory issues the tactile play with this project is a great way to work in some messy play therapy. Always keep a bowl of water nearby for your little ones with sensory issues, to dip their hands in if it turns out to be too much for anyone sensitive to slimy pumpkin seeds. It is so important to expose them, even if it’s a tiny bit at a time.

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After your seeds are clean and dry you can start dying them. Make sure to wipe off that first outer layer of your seeds. It is kind of like onion skins. This layer prevents the dyes from seeping through. As you can tell from some of my photos, I learned this the hard way. Cut down some plastic drinking cups to add your dyes to. Remember to wear gloves and cover the surface area you are working on. Use a wooden skewer to stir your seeds every now and then; this helps to cover both sides of your seeds.

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After your seeds have been soaking in the dyes for a few minutes remove them with a spoon and dry out on a paper towel.

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While your seeds are drying (might want to dry out in oven on low heat to speed things up) you can start cutting out the bases for your flowers. I used an empty cereal box and different sized lids around the house to trace from.

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Take your bakers twine and glue a spiral center to the middle of your paper disc. You can use tacky glue to do this but I discovered the glue gun works best for this first step to hold the twine spiral down in place before you wrap anymore. Just make sure you use a low temp glue gun so as not to burn your fingers when you first start wrapping the centers of your flowers. If you want to skip this whole step, you can also use buttons, gems or foam stickers as your center.

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Once all your bases are finished and your seeds are dry you can start adding your seeds to the bases. Add some glue as close as possible to the out edge.

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Add first layer of seeds to outer edge and let dry

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Add the second layer in between the seeds of the first layer.

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You can add a third layer if you like to give your flowers more depth. Two layers looks pretty too.

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Once everything is dry and you are finished with all layers, glue a piece of twine to back of flower to hang on trees.

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If you are into flowers like me, then you will definitely like this project. I really like the natural looking ornaments the best. It was fun experimenting with colors too. If you do have children with Autism this is a great project to use as a therapy session. The seeds are small and working with them will help with fine motor skills, use them for mosaic pieces. Using primary colors is great for a speech lesson on colors and since it is messy, they will have a chance to work in some tactile play. In the end you will have beautiful ornaments to display for the holidays or on a fridge (just add a magnet)…happy crafting everyone.

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Happy veterans day to all the soldiers and families with love ones in the military. Thank you for your services and may God bless you and protect you all.

30 Comments Add yours

  1. Anne N says:

    Creative and beautiful ornaments 😀

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    1. Thank you, I do love flowers and it is amazes me how many things there are out there in nature that look like flower petals.

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  2. MarDean Perdue says:

    Live this! What a clever use of left over pumpkin seeds.

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    1. Hi MarDean, loved this special surprise of seeing you on this morning. Thank you, I always have tons of seeds left over from those Halloween pumpkins. I remember Grandma used to make Christmas bread with all her pumpkins, that is until she went to the cans, which is just as yummy.

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  3. These are beautiful!!! Thank you!

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  4. mel says:

    Great upcycling project! I love the white one, it’s pretty for christmas tree or an embelishment on gift box. I wonder how the blue one would look like? I think I’m gonna like it 🙂

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    1. The natural color flowers are my favorite too. Blue and green are my two favorite colors so I bet blue flowers in different types of blues would be very pretty. Have fun making these, you will have a ton of seeds after you open up those pumpkins. You can also buy a bag of pumpkin seeds at most dollar store.

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  5. I LOVE this! I wish I had seen this sooner. My granddaughter and autistic client would have loved doing this! I am saving it for sure!

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    1. Thank you. That makes me so happy you will be doing one of my crafts with your Autistic client. I try to post crafts every now and then for kids and adults that may have problems with sensory issues and I always encourage using crafts to help with speech and fine motor skills, you made my day.

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  6. Dandelion B says:

    these are awesome! im in the same boat as you learning as I go blogging, and sure does take a lot of work, I try to keep in mind this is my hobby and therapy so no stressing aloud, if posts don’t make it up if likes are weeks late etc its ok.

    we had a venture carving our pumpkins the two we had were a few weeks old and some how went very soft, hubz ran to the grocery store and got the last 2 pumpkins 9pm October 31 lol. we didn’t even roast any seeds but these look great!

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    1. Thank you. That is so funny about your pumpkins going soft. Last year when I did the pumpkin seed post my last and only pumpkin went soft, you can tell by some of the photos. I still used the photos because I like adding photos to my craft steps. I just didn’t have time to go out shopping for another pumpkin. Our grocery stores are still packed with pumpkins here. I looked at the seeds and thought they looked like flowers when some fell side by side and thought what a fun post that would be.

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  7. Dandelion B says:

    will pin this shortly when I’m on my ipad or phone, for once I am on the pc and no idea how to do it from here. My ipad and phone have a nice quick click click -added feature lol

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    1. Everyday I think I need a phone, it sure would make things handy when it comes to posting and social media. Thank you so much for pinning my projects. I love sharing as you know.

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  8. These are so adorable! I know what you mean about learning about all this blogging stuff, AND new computers. Everything runs off an app now. What is that anyway hahaha.

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    1. So funny. The first time I heard the word app was at a Hockey game my family and I went to and we invited a bunch of other people to come as well. My son’s old highschool teacher was there with his son and he said the word and I just gave him a weird look, too embarrassed to say ” What the heck are you talking about?” That was a couple of years ago. I did turn to my son and laughing say ” Hey, what’s this app business everyone is talking about?” and he explained it to me. It was my kids who taught me all about YouTube. I as happy as can be out in my garden or doing the simple things in life, technology is great but I am very down to earth with most things.

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      1. I wholeheartedly agree. I disabled all the apps on my phone. It took me hours haha but I only make calls and might send a dozen text a week. Now my phone holds a charge for a good 5 to 6 days. Do I miss them hahaha nope because I never used them in the first place 🙂

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      2. I still don’t have a phone. My husband got rid of his ten years ago and we never really needed one since then. We did lose a friend over it though, he got very angry when he couldn’t reach us by cell phone and even used very foul language in an email towards my husband. Maybe the friendship will mend, who knows, it was my husband’s friend. Our kids have phones though, they got phones when they turned 18, so they went through high school without them and they were fine with it. I try not to tell people we don’t have a cell phone because we get weird looks and sometimes some people even look angry. I have seen a lot of changes in the world since we haven’t used a cell phone in ten years now. Mostly how everyone is always looking down and they are missing so much out in the world with looking down all the time. I have seen so many cool things I would have missed if I was always looking at a tiny little screen.

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      3. I know. Everywhere we go people are buried in the phone. Hubby and I were out to and early dinner, and there was a table of 3 sitting not far from us. They never even spoke to each other. Looking, and clicking on the phone the whole time. Even when the waitress approached, nothing. They ate while typing. And I’m not talking young’uns either. They were my age. My phone never leaves my car when we are out, or the table it sits on when we are home. Funny, I always get asked, “where’s your phone?” hahaha.

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      4. Those phones are so important to have in case of an emergency but somewhere down the line they became too important and replaced quality time with one another. Sometimes I feel like I am in some futuristic science fiction movie with how some people are not connecting anymore. Now I am hearing that phones are an addiction to some, that is so sad. I’m addicted to chocolate. have to be careful with that stuff in our home. My daughter also takes out the chocolate once it steps foot in our house.

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      5. hahaha chocolate is a much better addiction, in my opinion 🙂 I don’t know if it is just me but with the use of all these devices, I find that people, especially folks under 30 have trouble communicating, with physical speech. I see young adults struggle to get their point across if they have to actually “talk” to someone. I see it in family, nieces, nephews or in line behind someone at a service counter. They speak very low, don’t make eye contact, and literally struggle to get the words out. I always feel so bad for them.

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      6. So do I, it is so sad. It is like young people are afraid to just be people. Young adults even shorten their words when they text each other, no wonder they struggle with full words. The eye contact is the saddest part to this world they live in. How are we going to connect and have empathy with one another if we don’t look into each others souls. Our eyes tell so many stories about all our lives. I do fear for the future if this keeps up but like I always tell my kids “Go out there and even if you think it is impossible or you are only one person, doesn’t matter because if you represent yourself as a good character then someone else will pass that on and it will hopefully be like a domino effect” Oh and I do a lot of praying.

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      7. You’re a good mom 🙂 your comment is priceless 🙂

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      8. Thank you. It is so hard for parents today because we have to help guide our children into adulthood and we have so many distractions that also want to influence them as well. It is hard to compete with what is being put out there in the world to influence young people to be and think a certain way. I can also tell by your blog and comments that you too are a great mom.

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      9. I don’t know about great but I do the best I can. My son is a good person, and kind hearted. He has his moments, like we all do. He is like I use to be(and sometimes still am :)) when it comes to wanting things to be “right” I try to help him understand that even when things aren’t what he thinks is right or just, he should still do the right and just thing. Then maybe that person or situation will be different for the next person.

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      10. Words of wisdom. So happy you are raising a good one. We need good people out there in the world. Thanks for that.

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  9. I absolutely love these – beautiful.

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