The fall season is in full swing, so it's time to start thinking about colorful leaves, apples, and pumpkins! Here's a fun and inexpensive pumpkin craft that's made from a brown paper grocery bag. This craft is great for the development of fine motor skills, and it makes for a fantastic at-home or in-school activity for toddlers and preschoolers! Happy Autumn, and have fun crafting!
- Brown paper bag
- Paint brush
- Orange and brown paint
- Hole punch
- Yarn (you can also use ribbon, a shoelace, or thick string)
- Batting for stuffing (you can also use crumbled newspaper or paper Easter basket grass)
1) Draw the outline of a pumpkin on the brown paper bag. (If you're planning on making more than one pumpkin, consider creating a tracer pumpkin on heavy paper/card stock.)
2) Cut out the pumpkin. You will have two identical pieces when you're finished cutting.
3) Make sure the two pumpkins are aligned, and punch holes around the edges.
4) Paint your pumpkins and set them aside to dry. We allowed ours to dry overnight.
5) Once dry, place the two pumpkin pieces back to back, cut your yarn, and begin lacing through the holes. To keep the yarn in place, knot the end or tape it to the back of the pumpkin.
6) About 3/4 of the way through lacing, stop to stuff the pumpkin with the batting. Make sure to remind your child to push the stuffing in gently. Otherwise the punched holes could rip.
7) Finish lacing, and tie the end to the back where you began lacing the pumpkin.
8) Glue the stems together, and tie a bow around the stem for a cute finishing touch. All done!
This craft was one of my tot's very favorites of the fall season! We will probably make a few more Laced Pumpkins to give as gifts to grandparents. At the moment, ours is hanging on our side porch door. These would look adorable displayed as a set of three in varying sizes. Teachers- consider hanging them from fishing line or putting them on a fall bulletin board.
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