From the time my daughter sees the first pumpkin in the store she begins her daily question, “Is it Halloween yet?” With zero concept of time, she tends to drive her mom batty with her continual questions about when is Halloween (or any other big event). To squash the need to ask everyday, I employ advent countdowns whenever possible like this pumpkin halloween countdown craft sponsored by Fiskars.
Sure I have some lovely store-bought ones, but it is even more fun to make your own. A craft project and practical solution in one — I am all about it. For this Pumpkin Halloween Countdown Craft I was inspired by a craft from Fiskars’ website.
Pumpkin Halloween Countdown Craft
One of my favorite Fiskars products are the handheld punches (I currently own three which get used for just about ever holiday and party I throw). Fiskars took paper punches to the next level by sewing them together to create a paper punch garland. Super simple and super cute.
My initial thought was to sew the garland for my mini crafters, but then I realized it might be too hard to tear off for the countdown. So I swapped stitches for staples, and it worked perfectly.
I am going to tell you how I made this super simple craft in a moment, but first I want to tell you why I filled my house with seven little girls for a craft party.
This month I joined the Champions For Kids mission along with Fiskars to provide art supplies for a children’s organization. I choose SafeHouse of Seminole, which is a local shelter for women and children.
I could have just donated craft tools, but I decided it would be more fun to donate supplies along with instructions for an art project for the kids to create. (I love inspiring craftiness in kids!) Then I decided it would be even more fun to gather my daughter’s friends together to test the project. Not only could we have a fun afternoon crafting with friends, but I also challenged the moms to bring supplies to donate (I even had a prize for the person who brought the most).
We had a ton of fun at our craft party and the moms all brought tons of great supplies to donate. Check out what we collected.
But that’s not all, the kids at SafeHouse of Seminole will also be getting all of these art tools that I picked up too.
Back to the craft.
With a little bit of prep work, this is the perfect project to make with a bunch of kids. In fact, I challenge you to have your own craft party and collect supplies for a local children’s organization in your area!
Pumpkin Halloween Countdown Template
After my attempts to find a pumpkin template were unsuccessful, I decided to create my own template. Trust me, this will make your project so much easier. (You’re welcome!)
Once I had my template printed out, I went a head and traced it onto colored paper for the kiddos. The probably could have done this themselves, but I wanted to make things smooth for the party.
I also decided it would be best if I punched out all of the circles for garland before the party. Boy am I glad I did this. We made ours 43 days before Halloween, so it was a lot of punches. (43 x 7 = 301 plus extras for decoration.)
When the guest arrived assembly was as easy as cutting out the pumpkin and face with scissors and then stapling the punches together to make garland strands. Perfect for a group of girls ranging from Kindergarten to 2nd grade.
Within minutes the girls were happily cutting, coloring, glueing and stapling. Looks like fun, doesn’t it? It was.
When the last punch has been stapled into place, each little girl had a craft to take home and enjoy through Halloween. It was a great way to spend the afternoon, and we were able to collect tons of great supplies.
Later this week, I will take the art tools along with instructions to SafeHouse of Seminole so they can have their own crafting party and make their own pumpkin Halloween countdown craft.