Sunday, 10 October 2010

'Everything Pumpkin' - DAY 10: How to Make a Pumpkin Suncatcher

This shows how to make a simple suncatcher that looks like a pumpkin. This is a great craft for even the youngest child in the family.

Age Guideline: All Ages

Time Required: Approx 15 minutes

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances. For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making this craft.

Let's begin...


Step 1
Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:
  • Clear Con-Tact Paper
  • Black Felt
  • Variety of Orange Arts and Crafts Objects
  • Pen
  • Scissors
Now you need a pumpkin shape . . .


Step 2
Of course, you can draw your own pumpkin, but you can also use a pumpkin picture as a template. The easiest way to make a pumpkin pattern is to use a colouring book page. Here are two you can choose from:
Once you have your pumpkin picture, we can start . . .


Step 3
If you are using a printed pumpkin pattern, you will need to cut it out. If you are going to draw your own pumpkin, skip this step.


Step 4
Lay your pumpkin pattern on the paper side of the clear Con-Tact paper. Trace around it using a pen. If you are not using a pattern you can draw your pumpkin directly onto the paper side of the Con-Tact paper.


Step 5
Now you need to cut out your Con-Tact paper pumpkin.


Step 6
Carefully peel the paper backing off of your Con-Tact paper pumpkin. Use a couple of small pieces of masking tape to hold your pumpkin, sticky side up, on your work surface.


Step 7
Start out by making the pumpkin's facial features using black felt. Stick these onto the Cont-Tact paper. Use a couple of green craft items to color the stem (this is optional as you can also use orange for this too).


Step 8
Now comes the funnest part. Make your pumpkin orange by sticking a variety of orange craft supplies to the Con-Tact paper. I used everything from scraps of tissue paper to glitter.


Step 9
Carefully remove the masking tape from the front of your pumpkin. At this time, you can also trim the extra off of any embellishment that hangs over the edge of the Con-Tact paper. 

STEP 10:
Now you can hang your pumpkin in a window or other location using cellophane tape.

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