I was going to try making some Lego pumpkins with my charges, but after a search through all the blocks, there really wasn’t enough to make more than one. Pity. Instead I changed it to make Hama bead pumpkins.   We tried making both flat ones and slightly harder 3D ones.   The good thing about making things with Hama beads is that you can iron them and make them into permanent decorations or you can make one and then destroy it at the end and reuse the beads for something else.

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To make your own Hama bead pumpkins you will need:

  • A square or hexagon shaped board
  • Orange, green and brown beads
  • Parchment paper
  • Iron
  • Hot glue gun (for 3D pumpkins)

I found that the best boards to use are the square or hexagonal ones. The circular one isn’t great; the pins aren’t in the right positions.

hama bead pumpkins

This craft is really about trying different patterns and seeing what works. I recommend starting with the eye and mouth shapes and working outwards from there.

Hama bead pumpkins

If you decide that you want to keep it, cover it with some parchment paper and iron it until the beads have fused together. I then take it off the board, turn it over, and iron the other side. This gives it a bit more stability.

3D Hama bead pumpkins

If you decide that you would like to try making the 3D Hama bead pumpkins you will need to use the square board. It wont really be a traditional pumpkin shape, but a cube.  If you intend to put a battery-powered light on the inside, make sure you make your design wide and tall enough.

hama bead pumpkins

You will need to make 4 plain orange sides (iron each one after you have made it), one lid with some brown and green in it for the stem, and one side that will be the carved face of the pumpkin.

hama bead pumpkins

Once all the sides have been made and ironed individually, you will need to stick the base and sides together using a hot glue gun. Don’t worry about sticking the lid on; you will want to take it on and off to get to the light. Alternatively, you could also use it as a pot to keep sweets in.

hama bead pumpkins

If you enjoyed making these Hama bead pumpkins be sure to check out my origami ghost, cheesecloth ghosts, and ping-pong lights.

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Halloween Hama bead Pumpkins