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Pumpkin Seed Poinsettia Brooch or Ornament

What you will make:

Poinsettias are the flower of the Christmas season, and these brooches or Christmas ornaments made of pumpkin seeds will bring out the holiday cheer in all who see them! Make one for yourself, or make several to give as gifts. Grandma will cherish a cheerful brooch made by the kids.

This craft project requires few materials and is great for family, classroom, or group craft time. It's also a great way to use pumpkin seeds leftover from jack-o-lantern carving.

Here's what you need:
  • Pumpkin seeds (not shelled)
  • Navy beans
  • Poster board or empty cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Compass or 2" lid to trace
  • Toothpick (for spreading glue)
  • Red spray paint (high-gloss is the best)
  • White glue (PVA, Elmer's)
  • Pin backs (for brooches)
  • Gold cord (for ornaments)
  • Optional: Tacky glue, glue gun, high-gloss urethane spray paint

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make Pumpkin Seed Poinsettias

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation

Read through the project and gather the materials needed for making your poinsettias.

If you are doing this craft with a group, make up little cups of seeds and beans for each person. A poinsettia requires about 35-40 pumpkin seeds and 3-5 navy beans. You might also pre-cut the cardboard circles. When doing this craft with children, it is best if the craft is done in two sessions, with an adult applying the spray paint to all the brooches/ornaments sometime in between the sessions.

Step 2: Cut Cardboard and Glue Seeds

Cut a 2" circle from the poster board or cereal box cardboard.

Cut cardboard circle and glue seedsApply a ½" band of glue on the outside edge of the circle and start gluing pumpkin seeds. Position the seeds with their pointed ends out, and let the seeds hang about half over the edge.

Glue another ring of seedsApply another band of glue and pumpkin seeds inside the first—overlapping the first ring of pumpkin seeds.

Glue two more rings of seedsRepeat with two more rings of seeds, leaving a small circle in the middle of the cardboard.

Let the glue dry for at least 20 minutes.

Step 3: Paint

Spray paint redIn a well ventilated area, use spray paint to paint the pumpkin seeds red. Let dry per the paint can's instructions.

Tip: When doing this craft with a group, set up a spray station where all the painting can be done.

Step 4: Glue Beans

Glue navy bean centerGlue navy beans in the center of the poinsettia. Try to glue them standing on end. Wait for the glue to dry.

Tip: To speed this step up, use a glue gun to adhere the beans in the flower's center.

Step 5: Finish

Attach pin back or hangerFor a brooch, glue the pin back on the back of the poinsettia.

For an ornament, cut an 8" length of gold cord to make a hanger. Form a loop and glue the ends to the back of the ornament with tacky glue or a glue gun.

Tip: For a more finished look, glue another cardboard or heavy paper circle to the back of the poinsettia ornament, covering the glued hanger's ends.

That's it! Your poinsettia is done!
Sample poinsettia brooch and ornament

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Poinsettia with paper leaves

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Tip: Glue leaves cut from paper to the back of the poinsettia. See the Paper Flowers craft project for how to cut leaves.

Thanks to...

Thanks to Garry R. of Manitoba, Canada for sharing this project idea in Aunt Annie's Craft Exchange in 1995.

 Garry, who facilitated crafts for military families, commented, "I did this craft with two age groups of children: ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 11."

Related crafts: See the Christmas Crafts index for more easy-to-make ornaments, decorations, cards, and gift-wrapping ideas.

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