I’m a sucker for pumpkins. I love their beautiful orange color, how they symbolize the season, their unique shape and the fact that they are a powerhouse of nutrition. For these reasons, pumpkins can be found throughout our home and in our tummies as soon as they are available for picking. Here is how I use them…
On candle holders…
And Painted…If you have small children, this is a great, safe alternative to carving. By not cutting into the pumpkin, you will also be able to enjoy your art longer. Carving/cutting it obviously speeds the rotting process.
This is my son’s painted pumpkin. We added some brown, gold and copper colored glitter to his. I think it turned out beautifully…
Lastly, this is last year’s decorated pumpkin. I made it using leaves from the front yard and a little paint for the face. I call it our vegan turkey…
Last year, I was in need of a banner to hang as part of our Thanksgiving Day celebration. Because crafting materials are difficult to find here in Germany, this banner had to meet certain criteria. It had to be:
- made of things already on hand
- a craft my toddler could help me with
- say “thankful”
- incorporate pumpkins
- look adorable!
Well, I think I accomplished all of that with this festive Thanksgiving Banner! It was inexpensive to make and a great Thanksgiving craft for me and my toddler.
Last year’s Thanksgiving Day banner…
This year, we went vertical…
Here is how we made it:
- 8 foam pumpkin shapes
- various dry materials (we used sunflower seeds, oats, black beans, brown rice, white rice, peppercorns, lentils and sesame seeds)
- Tacky Glue (I highly recommend this type of glue because it is strong, drys fast and is not visible once dry)
- jute (enough for hanging the pumpkins beside each other)
- 8 clothes pins (optional)
Place each dry ingredient in a small pile. On the first pumpkin, write a letter from the word “Thankful” with Tacky Glue. Sprinkle one dry ingredient over glue to completely cover it. Continue the process with each foam pumpkin. Once dry, lay out pumpkins to spell the word “Thankful”. Turn pumpkins over, keeping their order. Measure a piece of jute to span the length of the pumpkins leaving a few additional inches at each end for hanging. Pumpkins can then be clipped to the jute with clothes pins or taped to the jute. To do the latter, lay jute down across the middle of the pumpkins. Tape jute in place on each pumpkin. Form loops at each end of the banner to hang.