Making Yarn Pumpkins For Fall

Do you enjoy decorating your home for Fall or Halloween? Both are appropriate for orange pumpkins, so today let’s look at how to make some easy ones! 🙂 This is a great craft project for the kids too.

You will need some orange yarn, a piece of a green pipe cleaner and scissors.

Begin your pumpkin by wrapping the yarn around your hand. Depending on the size of your hand and the size of pumpkin you want to make, how many times you will need to wrap the yarn around your hand or fingers. You can also use a piece of cardboard instead of your hand. Hands or fingers are just…well, handy! 😉

For an adult size hand using all 4 fingers, you will want to wrap the yarn around at least 100-120 times.

Carefully slide the yarn off your hand but keep all the pieces held close together. Cut a piece of yarn from the yarn ball approximately 5-6 inches long.

Lay the extra piece of cut yarn on the table and lay the wrapped yarn on top of it, keeping the cut piece in the center of the wrapped ball.

Tie a tight knot with the cut piece of yarn in the center of the wrapped yarn. Tie it 2 or 3 times so it won’t come undone. And make sure to keep the knot tight while tying it the second time. It’s easy for it to slip looser and then you will lose the shape of your pumpkin.

Now take the small piece of green pipe cleaner and tie another knot around the middle of it on top of the first knot.

You can also just slip the pipe cleaner under the first knot you tied, but be careful as it can snag the yarn.

Twist the 2 ends of the pipe cleaner together and shape it like the pumpkin’s stem. Trim the extra length of yarn from tying the knots.

That’s all there is to it! 🙂 You can fluff your pumpkin with your fingers to make it look just right to you. Make as many pumpkins as you like and use them to decorate your house for the season.

I hope you will enjoy making yarn pumpkins! 🙂

A Fall Walk in Nature

Well, Fall (or Autumn) is officially upon us! Fall can be such a beautiful time of year. Days and nights are often cooler and we can see things changing outside as our warm days of summer transition to Fall. Now is a great time to take a walk outside and see what things you can find. Here are a few things we found on our walk…

#1.) Toadstools. It’s always fun to imagine fairies or tiny creatures hiding under a toadstool in the rain.

#2.) Tiny wildflowers growing in the grass.

#3.) A lone dandelion…maybe the last one for this year.

#4.) A pile of brown dried leaves

#5.) Beautiful colored leaves

And the trees that still have the colorful leaves on them.

Maybe you will find a weird looking tree like this one with half of it having colorful leaves and half of the leaves that are still green.

#6.) And then there’s the bugs…like a grasshopper

#7.) A katydid

#8.) Or some creepy looking bugs…maybe a stink bug.

#9.) Plants whose flowers have died now

#10.) And plants that are still blooming with beautiful flowers!

#11.) Milkweed plants that are now spreading their seeds for next years plants.

You may find different things in nature than we found. Maybe some caterpillars or some pine cones, an interesting bird or another kind of bug. Whatever you find, I hope you will spend some time out enjoying nature this Fall! 🙂

It’s Fall, Y’all! Fun with Leaves

We’re into October already! Wow, did Fall sneak up on you like it did me?? One thing that we all seem to talk about in the Fall (or Autumn) is the beautiful colors of the leaves! This year it seems like the leaves have been slower to change colors, but here in Ohio they have finally gotten started and some of them are gorgeous colors! So let’s do a fun activity with the colorful leaves that are falling all around us. Fall leaves are only here for a little while before they vanish away for the season. But what if we drew and colored our own beautiful leaves that we can keep for as long as we like?

Go on a little treasure hunt outside and see if you can find 3 or 4 pretty colored leaves to bring inside with you. If you can find some that are different shapes and different colors, it will make your picture even more fun. Here are the ones I picked up:

Find a plain piece of paper and a pencil. Trace around each leaf. Just a rough tracing is fine. You can fix the lines a little if you want to after you trace it.

Depending on the age of the children doing this project how many details you will want to add to the drawing of each leaf. For young children, go ahead and let them color in the outline in the same colors as the leaf they picked. For older kids, you can add more details like the veins seen in the leaves and the stem.

Now is the time to add your beautiful colors! One suggestion I have is that you can use more than one color to achieve just the right color you are looking for. I used colored pencils for mine. Older kids might also like to identify the tree that the leaf came from. These 2 leaves are from a Maple tree.

The leaf on the left is from our Apple tree and the leaf on the right is from a bush that I don’t actually know what kind it is. Haha!

And the last leaf is from an Oak tree. The leaves of the Oak tree haven’t changed colors yet, but I like that it has a different shape to it’s leaves, so I used a green leaf.

Don’t stress over it if the color of your leaves is a bit different from the real leaves. It doesn’t matter because leaves turn so many beautiful colors that somewhere there is probably a leaf that matches the one you made. 🙂

And there you are! You have a great drawing of some beautiful leaves you can keep to remind you of Fall. Maybe you could even share your picture with someone else to make their day happier. Someone that isn’t able to get outside much would probably love to see your beautiful Autumn leaves! Have fun!

Saturday Exploration

This is a great time of year for exploring outside! There are lots of “treasures” to be found! Rusty (our dog) and I went on an expedition to see what we could find in the area where we live. Rusty found a lot of sticks, which is the part that interests him! 😉

While we usually find dandelions in the spring, if you look all around you can still find one or two of them adding some bright yellow to the landscape.

We are lucky enough to have a huge pine tree on our property and we found plenty of small pine cones. I brought them inside to let them dry thoroughly so they can be used in future craft projects. (Stay tuned!)

There is a small oak tree here too, so we also found some little acorns. We added them to our “future crafting” stockpile.

Do you know what these things are? Here’s a hint: they are found on the common milkweed plant.

Yep, they are milkweed seed pods. Inside of them are the seeds for growing more milkweed plants. Here’s what they look like when they are opened:

They are pretty cool looking, aren’t they? We are trying to save up some milkweed seeds and plant them this fall so we’ll have more milkweed plants for our Monarch butterflies and caterpillars next season.

Keep your eyes open for flowers! Even if they are actually considered to be weeds, they can be so pretty! Here’s a few we found:

I don’t know what the name of this weed is but those little tassels it has are so soft and fun to hold.

Toadstools are popping up all over the place! But remember, these are NOT SAFE TO EAT!! Can you imagine a little fairy hiding under it to keep dry when it rains? 😉

I hope you will go on your own exploration and see if you can find these things where you live and perhaps some other cool stuff! I’d love it if you’d share what you find with us here! 🙂