These cork pumpkins are a fun craft for kids to make this fall or Halloween!
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Wine corks are one of those “free” craft materials that I just have to keep! We’ve used them in all sorts of projects like boats, Christmas trees, homemade stamps, and more. In this project, we just painted the ends of the corks so that some of the natural cork color could still be seen.
To make these cork pumpkins, we used the following:
- 20 wine corks
- 1 Prosecco/champagne cork
- Orange paint (we used Apple Barrel Pumpkin Orange – well why would we use any other color, LOL!)
- Brown paint (we used Apple Barrel Nutmeg)
- Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun
Our first task was to paint each end of the wine corks. I poured some orange paint onto a paper plate, and my son dipped both ends of the cork into the paint. Then he placed them on a baking sheet that I had lined with wax paper (a tray would also work well).
We painted the Prosecco cork with the brown paint, and left everything to dry.
To construct the pumpkin, we used a based of 5 corks, then a layer of 6, then 5, then 4 – finishing with the brown cork on top as the stem. (Note: If you had *30* wine corks you could layer it with 5 on the bottom, then 6, then 7, then 6, then 5. OR – if you had 24 wine corks, you could layer it in a 4, 5, 6, 5, 4 configuration!).
I let my 6 year old son use a low-temp glue gun for the first time. He went slowly and carefully with my constant supervision – and it was a success!
To finish the pumpkin, I cut out a couple of leaves from some burlap ribbon and attached those under the stalk.
These cork pumpkins will be a great addition to our fall decor!