If you are looking for a really cute pumpkin arts and crafts to try in October, you will love these pretty yarn pumpkins. This pumpkin craft for kids uses a simple technique with a balloon, orange yarn, and glue to make a lovely decoration this fall. Try this craft pumpkin ideas with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade or 4th graders.
Some pumpkin crafts are all about process and others are all about a well-polished finished product. This pumpkin craft project is both! The yarn pumpkin craft is really fun-to-make and produces a stunning result too which you will be proud to display in your home. THis pumpkin crafts for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – this is a fun october craft for kids to make as they are celebrating Autumn.
Pumpkin Craft for Kids
All you need to try this super cute and fun-to-make yarn pumpkin craft are a few simple materials you may already have at home:
- 12″ Balloon (s)
- orange yarn E
- elmer’s glue
- saran wrap
- green pipe cleaners
Yarn Pumpkin Craft
Start by blowing up the 12″ balloon about half full and tie the end. You don’t want to blow it up all the way because the shape would be too long and not look like a round pumpkin.
Wrap the balloon in saran wrap. This step will save you from peeling the yarn off the balloon later.
Tie a strand of yawn around the knotted end of the balloon. Hang the balloon off the strand of yarn so you can easily reach it. I used our kitchen table lamp and had it hang over the kitchen table to contain the possible mess. You could also do this outside on a tree branch.
Pour glue into a bowl. If you are using the standard 4 oz bottle, I would suggest pouring about half of the glue out first so you don’t waste it if you don’t use it all.
Pumpkin Crafts for Preschoolers
Take a strand of yarn, about an arms length and dunk it in the glue. Swirl the yarn in the bowl until you soak it entirely with glue. As you lift the yarn out of the bowl run it through two fingers to remove any excess glue. Again, you don’t want it all off, but you don’t want the project to drip on your table either. Wrap the glue-soaked yarn around the balloon. Repeat the process with yarn running over other pieces in every which direciton until you are satisfied with the amount of yarn on the balloon.
Leave the yarn-covered balloon for 24 hours to let the glue dry.
Craft Pumpkin Ideas
Don’t try and deflate the balloon before you are 100% sure the glue dried, or else the whole thing will collapse. You can use the time to repeat with a slightly different shade of orange yarn.
Carefully use scissors to pop the balloon. Now slowly pull the saran wrapthrough a small opening to remove and disgard.
Pumpkin Arts and Crafts
Make the vine by wrapping a green pipe cleaner around a pencil. You will also want to double up a brown chenille stick for the stem
Insert one end of the pipe cleaners into the pumpkin and rotate them slightly to secure them in place.
Harvest Crafts for Kids
I just love how cute these pumpkins turn out. And although it does take some time because of the drying, the amount of effort is minimal. I love having two differetn shades of orange to display on a shelf for decorating my house for fall ya’ll.
Fall Crafts for Kids
Next time I will make a bigger one and a smaller one for a contrast of not only colors, but size too. And of course you could choose to make unique colors, or other variations to personalize this pumpkin project further.
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October Science Printables
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Candy Corn Activities
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