I am not a fan of roasted pumpkin seeds, but when we carved jack-o-lanterns last night, I saved the seeds thinking I could surely find a use for them. We ended up dying them pink and using them to make a necklace! You can use this method to dye pumpkin seeds for any project. Here's how we did it.
1. Put the pumpkin seeds in a pan with about 1 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon food coloring. Boil about 15 minutes. The color will rinse off some, and become even lighter when the seeds dry, so make it extra dark. Once you are happy with the color, rinse your seeds well.
2. Dry your seeds, either by leaving them spread on a pan over night, or roasting in the oven. I just dry-roasted mine in a pan because I was in a hurry. I put them back in the same pan and cooked them on medium low until I could see the outside of the seeds was becoming dry.
3. Use a needle and thread to string your seeds into a necklace. I doubled the thread to make it extra strong. Don't push the seeds together too tightly or they won't all hang the same way. Our necklace has about 40 seeds on it.
Another method of coloring seeds is just to use markers. I tried this on a few to see if it would work and it did. However, it was messier and much more involved than just dying them all at once. If you have a craft table and some kids to occupy, this would be a great idea.
Another craft I wanted to do, but now all my seeds are pink, was this Pumpkin Seed Pumpkin.
Does anyone have any other craft ideas they've tried with pumpkin seeds?