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Christmas Crafts Friday Fun

Pumpkin Seed Poinsettia Brooch or Ornament

Made of seeds and beans!
Pumpkin Seed Poinsettias
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.

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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.
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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 seeds

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.

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

Glue another ring of seeds

Repeat 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.

Glue two more rings of seeds
Step 3: Paint
Spray paint red

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 bean center

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
Attach pin back or hanger

For 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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