Earlier this week I listed three ways to use your Halloween pumpkin seeds – other than the usual heat and eat. One idea I mentioned was making a beautiful and easy ornament like this one above. And when I say easy, I mean it took me all of 20 minutes to gather my goods and have this picture taken. Not to mention, I had everything I needed on hand. Hopefully you will, too!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Dried pumpkin seeds
- Small seeds for the center
- Cardboard circle – about 2” in diameter
- Piece of felt – same size as the cardboard
- Pretty ribbon
- Glue gun
Ways to make this practically free:
- The pumpkin seeds can come from your freshly carved jack-o-lantern.
- The small seeds can be anything from birdseed (which I had in the garage) to poppy seeds (which might be in the spice rack).
- I raided the recycle bin for cardboard. Then I traced the bottom of a mason jar to get a perfect 2″ circle.
- Inexpensive squares of felt can be found at any craft store.
- When it comes to ribbon, I’m like a squirrel. Any time I receive a gift or see ribbon on sale, I stash it away in plastic bins in my craft area (aka garage). I received this gorg velvet ribbon on a gift and knew it would find the perfect craft one day. Hello.
Here’s the step-by-step guide:
- Fire up your glue gun!
- Glue seeds to the outside rim of the cardboard circle. Then work your way to the center with each row of seeds.
- Once you’ve filled the entire cardboard, place a dot of glue in the middle of your ornament.
- Sprinkle smaller seeds on top. Birdseed, poppy seeds, even sunflower seeds would be pretty.
- Glue your strip of ribbon to the back of your ornament in a loop.
- The finishing step is to cover the back of the ribbon with felt. This makes it look nice from all angles.
You’re finished! How easy was that? As I was making this, my mind was racing with fun ideas for how to display and use these ornaments. I might be making a few dozen batches of these babies!
- Hang it to the stem of a pumpkin for some added charm.
- Tie it to the top of a holiday gift. After all, it is an ornament.
- Give it as a hostess gift hooked to the neck of a bottle of wine. Be sure to make the ribbon long enough to slip around the bottle.
- Attach to the center of a bow on wreath for an extra accent like this!
- Or add to any decorative element. I’m going to put this cuteness on my mantle.
- Make festive Thanksgiving napkin rings! Instead of looping the ribbon, glue the ribbon flat in the center so you can tie it securely around your napkin. See below.
Happy crafting and enjoy your lovely pumpkin seed ornaments!