Make a Sugar String Pumpkin with Kids

In my house, crafts are all about the experience and doing things together.  I am not a super crafty person and the majority of the projects we undertake turn out less than photo-worthy.

Who cares!  We had fun doing it!

Imperial Sugar String Pumpkins to make with kids - Kids Activities Blog

The project I am sharing today turned out AMAZING.  I am not even kidding.  My 7 y/o and I made them together and we are incredibly proud of the result and plan on decorating around them for Thanksgiving.

It all started when Imperial Sugar asked me to work with them on a Thanksgiving craft – Sugar String Pumpkin Decoration.  I adore Imperial sugar and the craft looked like something fun to try.

We followed the directions found on the Imperial Sugar website.

Imperial Sugar String Pumpkin Steps

Make a Sugar String Pumpkin

Here is what we did:

  1. We blew up 5 balloons of various sizes.  I tried to keep the balloons round vs. egg-shaped since we are making pumpkins.
  2. Each balloon was wrapped with colored cotton crochet string.  We used brown and rust since our local craft store was out of a bright orange color.
  3. For the 5 balloons, I doubled the recipe and used 1 cup hot water & 2 cups of sugar.
  4. Once the sugar dissolved, we dipped the string-wrapped balloons into a large bowl of the sugar syrup rotating it around until all the string was well covered.
  5. Then we washed our hands because it is STICKY!
  6. We hung the balloons outside on our play set from additional string and watched them dry in the sun attracting neighborhood bees.  It took about 24 hours to dry.  If you are drying them inside, do it over a sink and use a fan to get the same result.
  7. Rhett was super excited to pop the balloons once the string was dry.  He pierced it with a pair of scissors and then pushed the balloon inward to detach it from the string.  The pop makes a fun noise, but so does the balloon contracting away from the sugar-attached string.
  8. We pulled the deflated balloon out of the top of the string pumpkin.
  9. I wrapped rafia pumpkin stems and placed one in the hole at the top of each string pumpkin.
  10. We placed them on the table for the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Imperial Sugar Sugared String Pumpkin Centerpiece

It was that easy.  It was also very inexpensive – for the price of 2 cups of sugar and a little string & leftover rafia, we have a centerpiece!

We are already planning some sugar string Christmas ornaments.

Imperial Sugar has all sorts of fun things to do with kids over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Check out their kids crafts area for craft ideas and family fun inspiration.

There are also crazy-good Thanksgiving recipes as well {they ARE Imperial Sugar, afterall}.

I can’t wait for you to try this craft with your kids!

Thanks so much to Imperial Sugar for inspiring and sponsoring this post.  Please stop by their Pinterest boards for even more Thanksgiving activities/crafts/printables and Thanksgiving Recipes.


  1. I made Easter egg decorations with my Day Care kids years ago this way. Such fun!

  2. I love this. I have never heard of doing this with sugar. Today my son and I tried it with yarn and glue. It is not dry yet so I don’t know if it turned out. I am happy to hear that someone else does lots of project with their kids and many of them are not really photo quality. My son and I do crafts often an few turn out beautiful (he is only 3). I love the time we spend creating and hope I am helping him to have wonderful memories. Anyways this is one I will have to try. I think we will make them smaller and create christmas ornament. Thanks for the post.

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