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We had so much fun last week creating these flowers at the pumpkin themed PA day camp that I thought I would share the recipe with all of you.  If you are carving your pumpkins tonight, throw a handful of oven dried seeds into a glass with a little water, vinegar and some food dye and tomorrow morning you’ll have some beautiful embellishments for your little crafter.  You could also roast your seeds with a drizzle of soy sauce and a splash of lemon to create your own tamari roasted pumpkin seeds.  I roast mine on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet at 375F for 15-20 minutes, turning once half way through, until they are crispy and nicely browned.

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DIY Pumpkin Seed Dye

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 8-10 drops food colouring
  1. Roast seeds in 300F oven for 10-15 min until dry, turning once.
  2. In several small bowls mix 1/4 cup water, 1 tbsp vinegar and desired food dye. -OR- The juice from leftover roasted beets makes an excellent dye all on it’s own.
  3. Allow seeds to soak over night.
  4. Rinse and dry seeds on paper towel.
  5. Dry seeds on Parchment lined pan – 10-15 min 300F oven.

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DIY Pumpkin Seed Flowers

  • cardboard
  • white glue
  • pencil and scissors
  • coloured pumpkin seeds
  • selection of small grains, seeds or legumes for flower centres
  1. Use a small jar lid or glass to trace a circle appx. 3″ in diameter.
  2. Cut out circle.
  3. Lay a thick bead of glue around outer edge of cardboard circle.
  4. Lay down outer circle of pumpkin seeds
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for inner circle of pumpkin seeds.
  6. Fill the inner remaining circle with glue.
  7. Use grains, seeds or legumes to create the centre of the flower.
  8. Allow to dry.
  9. You could add a loop of ribbon to the back of the flower to make hanging ornaments.

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