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
Here's what you need:
- Pumpkin seeds (not shelled)
- Navy beans
- Poster board or empty cereal box
- 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.
Apply 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.
another band of glue and pumpkin seeds inside the first—overlapping the first ring of pumpkin seeds.
Repeat with two more
rings of seeds, leaving a small circle in the middle of the
Let the glue dry for at least 20 minutes.
- Step 3: Paint
In 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 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
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!
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