- Age Guideline: 6 Years and Up
- Time Required: 45 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
Pumpkin Magnet Materials Needed:
- Clear Topped Party Favor Tin (compare prices)
- Scraps of Orange Ribbon
- Small Piece of Green Rick Rack (compare prices)
- Dimensional Paint
- Craft Glue
Filling Up Your Pumpkin Magnet
Start up by gathering together some scraps of orange ribbon. These scraps can be as long or as short as you want them. It adds more interest to the pumpkin magnet if you can use ribbon with a variety textures. Different shades of orange would be great also.
Remove the lid from your favor tin. Fill the tin with all of your orange ribbon scraps! Once you get the tin filled, you may want to slip the cover on it and look to see if you like the way the ribbon looks through the clear top. If you don't like the way it looks, simply slip off the top and rearrange the ribbon.
Grab Your Glue
Once you like the way your ribbon looks through the clear lid, glue the lid on the tin. Remove the kid and put a thin line of glue near the top edge of the tin. Replace the lid.
Cut a piece of green rick rack about 1-inch long. Use the glue to attach this to the side of the party favor tin to be the pumpkin's stem. To help hold the stem in place while it dries, try using a couple of dabs of glue from a hot glue gun along with the craft glue.
Flip the tin over so the back side is facing up. Use a generous amount of glue to attach a magnet to the back of the tin. If you are using a larger party favor tin, glue a couple of magnet pieces to the back of the tin. Let the glue dry completely,
Add a Face to Your Pumpkin Magnet
Now you can make a face on your pumpkin magnet. You can sketch it out first on a piece of scrap paper to practice or just jump right in on the favor tin. Use dimensional fabric paint to draw a jack-o-lantern face on your tin. Keep a damp paper towel nearby in case you make a mistake. You can easily wipe off any mistakes before they dry and try it again.
Let the dimensional paint dry completes and then your pumpkin magnet is ready to use or to give!
A Couple Variations
First of all, if you want to use this pumpkin craft to make a fashion statement for yourself rather your your refrigerator, you can easily turn it into a necklace! Before you glue the lid on, cut a piece of very thin orange ribbon about 24- to 30-inches long. Fold the ribbon in half and trap the center of the ribbon, where the fold is, between the lid and the tin. Let the glue dry and then tie the ends of the ribbon together to form your necklace.
If you want to make a jack-o-lantern face but don't want to work with dimensional paint, try using felt. Cut the jack-o-lantern's facial features out of felt and then glue them to the top of the party favor tin.