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.
DIY Pumpkin Seed Dye
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp vinegar
- 8-10 drops food colouring
- Roast seeds in 300F oven for 10-15 min until dry, turning once.
- 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.
- Allow seeds to soak over night.
- Rinse and dry seeds on paper towel.
- Dry seeds on Parchment lined pan – 10-15 min 300F oven.
DIY Pumpkin Seed Flowers
- white glue
- pencil and scissors
- coloured pumpkin seeds
- selection of small grains, seeds or legumes for flower centres
- Use a small jar lid or glass to trace a circle appx. 3″ in diameter.
- Cut out circle.
- Lay a thick bead of glue around outer edge of cardboard circle.
- Lay down outer circle of pumpkin seeds
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 for inner circle of pumpkin seeds.
- Fill the inner remaining circle with glue.
- Use grains, seeds or legumes to create the centre of the flower.
- Allow to dry.
- You could add a loop of ribbon to the back of the flower to make hanging ornaments.