We finished the garland this evening just in time to get some photos before it got dark. I won’t actually be hanging it outside, by the way, but my living room was much too dark for photos.
This half of the project required very little assistance from me, so I got to just sit back and watch the kids make their pumpkins.
If you want to make this garland, first check out the first half of this tutorial, where we made the pumpkins. The next step is to buy some peel and stick craft felt. You could buy regular felt and use fabric glue. But an entire sheet of the sticky kind was just 99 cents, and it made the project way easier and less messy.
I gave the kids each a pair of safety scissors, and they went to work cutting out triangles and other fun shapes. Neither of them have learned how to hold scissors quite right, but they were still able to cut through the felt without much trouble. Peeling off the sticky backs was hard for my youngest at first, but his nimble little fingers got the hang of doing that by himself too.
Before long, the little pumpkin patch gained a lot of personality. For a 3 and 5 year old, I thought they did an exceptionally cute job!
I picked up some round shiny ribbon for half off at Hobby Lobby. I have no idea what it’s called. But here’s a picture! I thought it looked a lot like a vine for our pumpkins to grow on. Since the stems are wider at the top, I was able to tie the ribbon around each one without worrying about it sliding off. I attached each one so that the knot went in the back.
And that’s it! I’m glad we stopped at ten pumpkins, because it really made a long garland. We have extras of all our supplies, however, and will be finding another fun way to use them. This was truly a kid-friendly project that we’ll probably duplicate with Santa or something as the year continues.