Friday, November 11, 2011

Pumpkin Seed Tree

Remember how I said I washed and dried the pumpkin seeds from our pumpkin goop a few days ago, and I was going to try my hand at dyeing them for a project?  Well, dyeing the seeds worked, and we made the cutest fall trees out of them today!

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I found the idea for this project here, and changed it up a little to suit my two toddlers.

I tried boiling my dried seeds in water and food coloring to dye them, but I didn’t have too much luck with that.  This is how I dyed our seeds:

- Fill a mug about half full with warm water, add a Tbsp or so of white vinegar, and then add food coloring. 
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Put the seeds in the mug and let them soak until they reach the desired color.  I let mine soak about 3 hours. 
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Pull the seeds out of the mugs, and let dry on wax paper overnight.  DSC_0688

We used hand/forearm prints to make our tree limbs and trunk.

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After the paint was dry, the kids glued their pumpkin seed leaves down. 

Trenton was very meticulous about the placement of his leaves.

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I put the glue down for Charlotte, and she would grab a handful of pumpkin seeds and throw them into the glue while saying, “Ta da!”.  Maybe she’s the Emeril of the art world!

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Such cute trees, and we still have dyed pumpkin seeds left over.  Hmm…maybe there is a pumpkin seed turkey on the horizon……

This post is linked to: Made by Little Hands Monday @ Delicate Construction

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