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Pumpkin Seed Autumn Handprint Tree

I wasn’t in the mood to make pumpkin seeds this year, but I didn’t want to toss the pumpkin seeds away.  I decided to color them like I did with the Colorful Noodle Necklaces because the seeds are shaped like leaves and have the kids make a Fall tree.  The kids really enjoyed this craft!

Supplies:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Food coloring (red, yellow)
  • Zip lock bags
  • Paper towel
  • Construction paper
  • Brown paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue

Directions:

Wash and rinse the pumpkin seeds.

Add a handful of pumpkin seeds to your zip lock bag.  Add about a tablespoon of isopropyl alcohol to each bag and then add a few drops of food coloring depending on how bright you want the colors to be (we added about 10-15 drops).  We colored our pumpkin seeds yellow, red and orange.  We then closed the bags and shook them to mix the colors around.  We then let the seeds sit for a few hours.

Next we painted our hands and arms brown to create a tree print on paper. We set this aside to dry.

Once the pumpkin seeds obtained the color we wanted from the food coloring, we set them out to dry on the counter.  It’s best to do this on top of a paper towel, so it can soak up the liquid.

 

Once your pumpkin seeds and hand print are dry.  We were ready to make our Autumn trees.

We took some craft glue and began gluing the seeds (leaves) onto our hand print (tree/branches).

My daughter (3 years old) created the tree on the left and my son (6 years old) created the tree on the right.

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