When pumpkins fill the fields, autumn is here. This time of a year pumpkins also fill our garden and local farmer’s market. A couple of pumpkins decorates our porch, and the freezer is getting filled with pumpkin puree, which will be turned into many pumpkin pies and cookies later on. In celebration of this pumpkin bonanza, we made a pumpkin button collage.
After our previous moon collage, I was looking forward to making more button crafts with Budster. It was so much fun to make, and I like the look of the finished project on the wall! This month pumpkins worked as our inspiration.
For this project you will need:
– black cardstock paper (other colours, like green or white, will work as well)
– (optional) orange glitter
1. Download the template by clicking on the pictures and transfer the design onto the black card stock paper with a pencil. You can certainly make your own design with children if they are up for it! But if not, I prepared two designs for you to use. We used a plain pumpkin design, but next month we may make a Jack o’ Lantern as well.
2. Cut the pumpkin shape out with a hobby knife and scissors.
3. Apply strips of tape to the back of the paper so that their sticky surface is exposed in the cutouts.
4. Cut the strips of paper that go inside of the design and stick them to the tape.
5. Collect buttons and beads in a bowl. Get buttons of various shapes and shades. Dollar stores and craft stores usually carry fun button packs for scrapbooking and other crafts.
6. Set up an invitation to play!
As many toddlers before him, Budster loves playing with buttons and stickers. His attachment is charming: every time we use a tape gun, he comes over and asks for a little piece of tape. Upon getting it, he acts very excited and walks around, looking for the best place to stick his piece. And this time he got so much tape all to himself!
He carefully selected one button after another and contemplated them before making a final decision of where to stick them onto the pumpkin. Sometimes he would sort buttons on the side, but soon return back to his pumpkin. It was getting filled with buttons pretty quickly!
Not only these button collages make for pretty art projects, but they are great for exercising fine motor skills! Simply picking round buttons and tiny bead – one after another – another takes a lot of concentration from a toddler, but if you want to make this part compelling for an older child, you can always add tweezers to the game.
Even though we do not have a single orange button left in our collection, we still did not have enough to fill the whole pumpkin. But not to worry! As a final step, I sprinkled some glitter onto our pumpkin.
Afterwards, I removed the glitter excess by brushing it off, and the pumpkin was finished! I am going to put it on the wall next to the button moon.
We really enjoy harvesting our pumpkins and making crafts with them! What is your favourite thing to harvest in the fall? If you want to stay updated on new stories from Adventure in a Box, consider subscribing to our Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram pages. Thank you for reading! You may also be interested in these posts: