Creative Ways to Use Pumpkin Seeds
Check out this guide to find simple and unique uses for pumpkin seeds.
You’re done carving pumpkins, and the kids are done with dad’s annual tradition of pretending he’s pulling stringy, orange, seed-filled brains out of those unsuspecting pumpkin victims. Hopefully your kids aren’t quite old enough yet to roll their eyes at his antics.
But what to do with all those brains? Um, seeds? Don’t throw them away! Here are some fun pumpkin seed crafts you can do – even with little ones.
Preparing Pumpkin Seeds
Before getting started, prepare the seeds:
1. Place the stringy, pumpkin seed gunk in a large bowl of water
2. Swish it with your hands and fish out the clean seeds as they float to the top
3. Set seeds in a strainer and rinse well with cold water
4. Dry the seeds by blotting with paper towels and spreading out on a baking sheet to dry for several hours, blotting again and flipping them halfway through
Tip: Don’t forget to have some Bounty paper towels nearby to clean off your surfaces in a breeze!
Once you get your seeds ready to use, try one of these ideas!
1. Create a Picture
Dry your seeds overnight and then use tempera paint or nail polish to colour them. Draw out the background or outline of a picture, and then glue seeds to fill in the colour.
A tree works great; draw the trunk and branches, and use the seeds as the leaves!)
Have your kids help glue the pumpkin seed picture to a cardboard backing or shadowbox for a fun take on storage and décor. You can even give it as a gift!
2. Give Them to the Birds
Pumpkin seeds make an ideal bird food! Simply wash your seeds, dry them overnight and place them in a bird feeder.
You can even create your own birdfeeder by attaching a long piece of twine to a foam craft ball. Cover the ball in crunchy peanut butter and coat with pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Hang your feeder outside and enjoy watching the birds!
3. Design Something Wearable
To make some truly unique jewellery, dry your seeds for five hours (you don't want them to be too dry), and then get a strong needle and jewellery cord or thread. String the needle and thread through the pumpkin beads into an eye-catching necklace or bracelet.
Seeds can be strung end-to-end or flat, depending on the look you're after. Pumpkin seed “beads” can also be painted or coloured for a vibrant pops of your favourite hues.