Friday, November 22, 2013

A Thankful Pumpkin Craft for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving crafts continue in our home this week with thankful pumpkins!

The kids really enjoyed making these. Well, they didn't really enjoy the part where they had to come up with 10 whole things that they are thankful for, which only magnified the need for this little exercise of gratitude.

This simple craft can be made with only a few items that you probably have in your home, they are...

  • Green Paper
  • Orange Paper
  • Two Brads
  • Green Pipe Cleaner
  • Hole Puncher
  • Scissors
  • Brown Marker
Step 1: Cut out five 8 1/2 x 3/4 inch strips of orange paper. Punch holes at the ends and in the middle of each strip.

Step 2: Place a brad through the center of your strips and have your children write 10 things they are thankful for, writing them from the edge of the strips into the center of them on both sides.

Pal's list, I wrote them for him... I know it's hard to tell, handwriting has never been my strength.
Step 3: Make a leaf, write "I'm thankful for" on it, and punch a hole in it.

Step 4: Layer your pumpkin onto the second brad. Start with the leaf (word side down), then loop the center of the pipe cleaner onto it, followed by one side of your strips (stacked together, word side down), then loop the other side of your strips onto the brad and fasten down the tabs of your brad. Finally, curl your pipe cleaners around your marker to make tendrils.

Step 5: Fan out your strips to form a round pumpkin and you are done!

Be saints, it's worth it!


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