Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pumpkin Seed Poinsettia

pumpkin seeds
cardboard
glue
gold cord
coriander seeds or any round seed or bead
red spray paint
gold paint

I love these! Even though we don’t get trick-or-treaters on Halloween where we live, my husband and I always carve a pumpkin. After he scoops out the seeds, I wash them off in a colander, spread them out on a cookie sheet and place them in a warm oven until they are dry. Once dry, you’ll see they have a thin skin on them, it takes a little effort to rub the skin off, but it's worth it once it comes to painting. Store your seeds in an air tight container until you are ready to use them.

For the base of the poinsettia, cut a 1½ inch circle out of the cardboard. Starting from the outside edge of the cardboard, glue seeds overlapping the cardboard a quarter of an inch

all the way around the circle. Glue another row inside the first and a third row inside the second for the center. After the glue is completely dry, paint with red spray paint. For the center of the flower glue three seeds, painted gold, or  beads to center of the flower. Glue the 7 inch piece of gold cord folded in half to the back. 

These ornaments would also be nice painted white or made using different seeds such as sunflower for a different look.

1 comment:

  1. These are adorable! I'm thinking they would be cute if you glued two of them together back to back to make more of a 'ball' shape. Thanks for sharing!

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