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Does anyone else like to decorate for Thanksgiving with those adorable, tiny pumpkins? We are solidly pumpkin people through Thanksgiving! These little yarn pumpkins are simple to make and look so cute in little clusters to decorate for Thanksgiving!

Start with:

  • Paper Cups
  • Yarn
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Siccors
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Pipe Cleaner

Create it!

Step 1: Paint the cup orange and allow to dry.

Step 2: With a pencil, poke a hole into the center of the bottom of the cup.

Step 3: Using a single hole paper punch, make holes around the top rim of the cup.

Step 4: Cut a piece of yarn, knot it and begin stringing yarn from the single hole to each of the holes punched around the rim, returning to the single hole between each of the holes around the rim. (You may need to use the pencil tip to help push the yarn through the single hole as more yarn goes through.) Once finished, knot the yarn and cut off any excess.

Step 5: Turn the cup upside down so the rim becomes the bottom. Thread a pipe cleaner through the top, twist and curl the ends by wrapping gently around the pencil.

For smaller pumpkins, cut a portion of the rim off prior to punching the holes around it. We like the look of a variety of sizes. It would also be fun to see a variety of different orange  yarns used on several pumpkins!

Paper weaving is an activity we enjoy, forget about and then when we do it again, wonder why we waited so long!  We made a colorful pumpkin patch with paper weaving - fun for Autumn and all the way through Thanksgiving.

Start with:

  • Cardstock - white, yellow, orange and green
  • Light Cardboard (we used a cereal box)
  • Orange Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Create it!

Step 1: Fold a piece of white cardstock in half and, from the fold, cut into strips, leaving a 1 inch border at the top and bottom of each strip.

Step 2: Cut strips of yellow cardstock and weave in between the white strips.

Step 3: Add a small amount of glue to the ends of each yellow strip and glue to the white cardstock. Trim off any edges.

Step 4: Cut strips of orange cardstock and glue a border around the paper weaving.

Step 5: Cut circles from cardboard and paint orange. Allow to dry.

Step 6: Add bits of cardboard for stems and green cardstock for leaves and vines.

Step 7: Glue pumpkins to the weaving.

Visiting the pumpkin patch is one of our favorite Halloween time traditions. This fun piece of artwork can be made with as many pumpkins as you'd like and with different shapes and sizes -just like a real pumpkin patch!

Craft sticks and yarn make a simple and fun spider web in this Halloween themed craft! Add some pom pom spiders and this creepy cute craft is complete!

Start with:

  • Craft Sticks
  • Yarn
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pom Pom
  • Plastic Eyes
  • Twist Ties

 Create it!

Step 1: Tie four twist ties together in the center and spread out four on each side.

Step 2: Glue a pom pom to the top of the twist tie legs.

Step 3:Glue plastic eyes to the pom pom.

Step 4: Glue together center of craft sticks, fanning out to form a circle.

Step 5: Cut a piece of yarn. Glue one end to underside of the craft stick circle and loosely weave around the circle. Glue to tops of craft sticks to keep in place and glue end to back of the circle once finished.

Step 6: Glue pom pom spider to the web - its new home!

This craft is really simple to set up and could be really fun made in a variety of non traditional Halloween colors too!

We often save the plastic tops from milk cartons. And, since we seem to go through quite a bit of milk, we always have several tops around. We turned them into ghosts to practice counting!

Start with:

  • White Plastic Milk Tops
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper Hole Punch
  • Black Construction Paper or Cardstock

Create it!

Step 1: Punch holes out of black cardstock or paper and glue two to each plastic top for eyes.

Step 2: Cut white tissue paper into rectangles. Fold in half.

Step 3: Place a line of glue along the fold of tissue paper.

Step 4: Fold the glued end back and forth, accordion style, and attach inside of the plastic top to create the ghost body.

We also cut numbers out of recycled cardstock to use in this fun Halloween counting activity!