Fall is a great time for crafting with your children and pumpkin crafts are a firm favorite with kids of all ages. In this article I will be explaining how you can make five different pumpkin crafts for kids. These pumpkin crafts are sure to please your kids and keep them busy crafting for hours.
- What makes pumpkin crafts a great kids activity?
- What are the different kid friendly pumpkin crafts one can make?
- Supplies needed
- How to make pumpkin crafts
- Pumpkin rocks
- Wood pumpkin craft using popsicle sticks
- Paper plate lacing pumpkin crafts
- Pumpkin stamping
- Wood slice pumpkin game
- Tips & Tricks
- What can you craft with a pumpkin?
- Will hot glue work on a pumpkin?
- What can you do with Styrofoam pumpkins?
What makes pumpkin crafts a great kids activity?
Pumpkin crafts are a great choice in Fall, for Halloween, and for Thanksgiving. Young toddlers, preschoolers and older children will love to make these cute pumpkin arts and crafts making them the perfect family activity.
Pumpkin crafts are always popular and there are so many possibilities when it comes to pumpkin crafts for kids. I've picked five of my favorite crafts to share with you today. These five easy pumpkin crafts will delight children of all ages.
What are the different kid friendly pumpkin crafts one can make?
There are so many possibilities when it comes to pumpkin crafts. Use materials you may already have around the house such as orange card stock or scraps of material to craft simple paper pumpkins or make a pumpkin picture.
You could even glue scraps of orange to a Styrofoam cup or sphere to create a pumpkin. Experiment with mixing red and yellow paints to paint a pumpkin or you could make a beautiful pumpkin Suncatcher using candy wrappers - the possibilities for pumpkin crafts are endless.
In this article I will be showing you how to make pumpkin rocks using orange paint and stones you can find as you walk around. This easy pumpkin craft can be done by kids of all ages and even adults, making this a great family activity.
Next I will show you how to make a wooden popsicle stick pumpkin craft. This cute pumpkin craft is sure to delight younger children and can be hung up to display when it is finished.
For another great craft that will also help children's development, I will be making a paper plate pumpkin craft that doubles as a lacing activity. Children will love to sew their pumpkin face and then hang it where everyone can see.
The next pumpkin craft is made using something everyone has in their home - a toilet roll tube. This fun stamping and painting activity will be sure to delight your children and can be used as a piece of art or for thanksgiving wrapping paper.
Lastly I will be making a cute wood slice pumpkin game. This wood pumpkin craft is not only fun to make but, when finished, it will provide hours of playtime fun.
- Poster paints
- Wooden popsicle sticks
- Craft glue
- Paper plates
- Orange yarn
- Hole punch
- Black and white cardstock
- Wood slices
- Toilet roll tube
- Rocks or stones from the garden
- Marker pens
- Paint brushes
How to make pumpkin crafts
- First you will need to go on a rock hunt in your garden or neighborhood. You can use any size or shape of rock for this craft.
- Next take your orange paint and paint your rocks.
- When the orange paint is dry, use your black paint to create pumpkin faces on your rocks. You can have fun with this, seeing what facial expressions you can give your pumpkins.
- You can also make some spooky painted rocks using white and green colors and create different characters like ghost and green monster.
Wood pumpkin craft using popsicle sticks
- First you will need to paint your popsicle sticks. You will paint all of them orange bar one which needs to be green.
- When the paint is dry it is time to glue your sticks together. Lay 10 popsicle sticks next to each other and glue 2 sticks across the back to secure them.
- Stick your green stick in the center on the back so it protrudes from the top of the pumpkin to make a stalk.
- When dry, turn your sticks over. Decorate your pumpkin with cardstock eyes and marker pens.
- Use some yarn to create a loop at the top of your pumpkin so you can hang it on display.
Paper plate lacing pumpkin crafts
- Paint the front of your paper plate orange.
- Use a hole punch to punch holes around the edge of the plate.
- Take your black cardstock and cut out eye and mouth shapes. You can make these any shape you like - imagine you are carving a face into a pumpkin.
- Stick your face on to the orange side of your plate.
- Take your orange yarn and cut around a meter. Tie one end to one of the holes in the plate.
- Lace the yarn through the holes all the way around the plate.
- Take your toilet roll tube and gently press in on one side to make an indent all the way along the tube. Use a piece of sticky tape to secure it.
- Dip one end of the toilet roll tube into orange paint and then print this onto your white cardstock. Repeat a few times.
- Using a paint brush, fill in the centers of your orange prints with orange paint.
- Once the paint is dry, take your marker pens and decorate your pumpkins. You can add decorative stalks and Halloween faces.
Wood slice pumpkin game
- With your marker pens draw shapes onto one side of each of your wood slices. Make sure to draw 2 of each shape so you have 2 wood slices with triangles, 2 with circles etc.
- Paint the other side of each of your wood slices with orange paint.
- Once the orange paint is dry, use your marker pens to draw faces on your pumpkins.
- You can now play a game of matching pairs by placing all the wood slices down, pumpkin side up and taking it in turns to turn 2 over to see if you can find 2 shapes the same.
Tips & Tricks
You could use your pumpkin stamping craft as wrapping paper or place mats for thanksgiving.
The wood slice pumpkin game would make a great game for Halloween. You could then put it away and get it out again for playing with family and friends on Thanksgiving. To make the game harder or suitable for more people, simply make more pumpkins.
When you make your wood pumpkin craft with popsicle sticks, you may need to use more or less sticks depending on the length of the ones across the back.
If the sticks don't stay together well then try adding glue when you lay the first sticks together. This wood pumpkin craft can be hung around the house or in the window to decorate at Halloween or thanksgiving.
You could paint lots of pumpkin rocks and place them outside your front door to greet trick or treaters on Halloween. You could also write nice messages on the back of them and distribute them on the street for your neighbors to find.
When you punch holes for the paper plate lacing pumpkin craft, you can make your holes closer together for older children and further apart for preschoolers and toddlers.
What can you craft with a pumpkin?
You can use real pumpkins to create Halloween lanterns to welcome trick or treaters on Halloween.
You can do this by carefully scooping out the flesh of the pumpkin (make sure to save it for Pumpkin Crème Brulee!) And then carving shapes into the skin.
Once your lantern is ready, place a lit candle inside and watch the light shine through the face or pattern you made.
Will hot glue work on a pumpkin?
Yes, hot glue is a great glue to use on pumpkins. It can be used to make unusually decorated pumpkins like a hot glued rhinestone pumpkin.
What can you do with Styrofoam pumpkins?
Styrofoam pumpkins are easy to paint. You may need to use a base coat first. You can also decorate them with fabric and bows. Decorated Styrofoam pumpkins will look gorgeous as Fall decorations.