Instead of throwing all those pumpkin seeds away this fall, how about drying them out and repurposing them? Since we’re in a mood for crafts this week, we decided to use our saved pumpkin seeds for a pumpkin seed art activity.
If you’ve been cooking up pumpkin pies or carving pumpkins, save those seeds! You’ll need quite a few seeds- enough to create your pictures with, so collect on your dried pumpkin seeds.
Next you’ll need food coloring. Essentially, you could simply use paints, but food coloring is safer for younger kids in case they think about eating a seed or two.
You’ll also need a pumpkin printable and a bottle of glue.
Ziploc bags will be needed as well.
What to do:
Honestly, this craft is so easy. Divide your seeds into a few piles, depending on how many different colors you want to make them. Place the piles of seeds into separate plastic ziploc bags.
Now for the fun part. Kids can help do this part as well. Drop a few drops of food colorant into each bag and shake each bag until the coloring coats the seeds thoroughly. Shake and roll the seeds around the coloring until your seeds are well coated. Then pour out the seeds onto paper towels and let them sit to dry for about 30 minutes or so.
Once your seeds are dried, give them to your child along with a pumpkin printable and bottle of glue, and let him create a pumpkin seed montage. Simply past the pumpkin seeds onto the pumpkin on the printable, forming an outline. Have your child use a variety of colors for extra effect.
I really hope you and your child enjoy this pumpkin seed art activity. Let me know how it turns out for you.
Enjoy, and have fun!