My youngest son and I have been enjoying many simple fall crafts and sensory activities while my oldest is at school. I’ve really been enjoying the time with him, and I can tell he has greatly benefited from the attention. But then something unexpected happened—my oldest shared that he was feeling left out.
And then it hit me. Since the new school year began 3 weeks ago, we haven’t spent any mother-son time together. How could I have let that happen? So the next day, I planned an “older kid” craft just for him.
I love the way sunlight glows through the scraps of woven ribbon in these pumpkin suncatchers. The reds, oranges, browns, greens, and yellows produce a vibrant burst of color on dreary fall days. The canning ring reminds me of the fall harvest and of all of the delicious preserves I have stored in the basement for winter.
I enjoy crafting with materials I already have around the house because crafts shouldn’t be expensive or stressful! About one year ago, I purchased Mason Jar Frog Lid Inserts so I could use a mason jar as a toothbrush holder in our bathroom (it’s been a very clean, sanitary choice—I highly recommend it!). I can food regularly so have a huge collection of canning rings, and of course, I craft regularly so already had the ribbon, glue, scissors, and pipe cleaners on hand. All materials can be found at your local craft store, but I’ve included affiliate links for your convenience.
Scrap Ribbon Pumpkin Suncatchers
- Mason Jar Regular Mouth Canning Rings
- Mason Jar Frog Lid Inserts
- Scrap Ribbon (shades of orange, red, yellow, brown, and green)
- Moss Green Chenille Stems (Pipe Cleaners)
- Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
1. Show your child how weave 5-inch pieces of ribbon through the frog lid insert. This part can be tricky, so you might need to help.
2. When the lid is complete, squirt hot glue along the inside of the canning ring. Press the lid into the canning ring. When the glue is dry, use scissors to cut the excess ribbon from the inside of the canning ring.
3. Rotate the canning ring so the ribbon is at a diagonal angle. Wiggle a piece of ribbon through one of the tiny openings (this ribbon will be the stem of your pumpkin). Use a small dot of hot glue to connect both ends of the ribbons into a loop.
4. Cut a green pipe cleaner in half and twist it around your finger. Attach the “vine” to the inside of the stem with a small dot of hot glue (I pressed it in-between the canning ring and ribbon stem). If desired, put a second vine on the other side.
5. Remove excess hot glue strands from the ornament. Hang on the window with a small dot of hot glue. Don’t worry about glue on the window—if it doesn’t cleanly peel off, it will scrape off with a razor blade.
My kids love the colorful pumpkin patch on our window. I have to admit, I do too!