Decorating Pumpkins with Young Children
I have two boys – a 3 year old and a 7 year old. Carving a Halloween pumpkin can get really messy and maybe a bit dangerous with those two underfoot. I also live about 15 minutes from the beach, which means my house can get a bit more humid and October tends to be a really hot month in SoCal.
If we carve our pumpkin more than a few days before Halloween, it rots by the time the holiday rolls around. Of course, my kids still want to decorate pumpkins, so I’ve turned to Pinterest to get decorating ideas.
I will preface this entire post – and every post involving a craft – with this disclaimer: I am not crafty. I have never been crafty and probably never will be very good at crafts. If I can make a craft project look half-way decent, I trust that you, or anyone with the teeniest crafty bone in their body can make something fabulous.
I lack patience and creativity. And unfortunately, more recently, I struggle with problems with my hands resulting from my autoimmune disease. I have weakness in my hands and there are days when I struggle with pain. I don’t let it stop me from doing things with my kids, but I bring in the cavalry to help. My husband usually helps with things that require hand strength and my mom is really craft and creative, so she takes on projects that are above my skill level.
I found a tutorial for superhero painted pumpkins on Pinterest. Her pumpkins look fabulous. She used acrylic paint. I went to the craft store and was ready to purchase the proper paint when the sales person mentioned that it stains and doesn’t wash out. Have I mentioned I have a 3 year old?
I opted for water based paint instead, which honestly, looked pretty bad from up close, but my sons were happy with the finished project. One major note – the water based paint started chipping off after a few days. I’m not sure if it was because of the high humidity or heat, but just head’s up. If you are doing this with older kids or non-messy civilized kids, definitely go for the acrylic. It will coat better and it won’t chip off.
I purchased a pumpkin decorating kit from Target to make a Mr. Potato Head pumpkin. In hindsight, I could have just used our Mr. Potato Head pieces to make our own pumpkin. The special pumpkin kit pieces weren’t much different from the toy pieces. The only real difference was that they were slightly thicker. I don’t think it would matter for decorating purposes.
To insert your own Mr. Potato Head pieces into a pumpkin, just make a hole the size of the toy piece and insert. You can use a drill or even a screwdriver.
Melted Crayon Pumpkin
I haven’t done this pumpkin yet, but the melted crayon pumpkin is my plan for one of our pumpkins this year. It seems easy enough that even non-crafty me can do it. I’ll share pictures once it is completed this weekend.