While I work on culling through the one million adorable pictures of our Trick-or-Treating adventure, I thought it would be fun to share a little craft we did last weekend.
I was torn on what to do this year, because the kids are still a bit young for pumpkin carving, but Piper is old enough to want to do something, so I planned to paint pumpkins instead. I was originally thinking we'd just get some mini pumpkins and let the kids go to town, but then I came across this project on Martha Stewart's instagram (yes I follow her!) and the decision was made!
Martha actually has a tutorial on her site...But I bet you can guess the steps:
- Pick a pumpkin
- Tape the pumpkin.
- Paint the pumpkin.
- Let the pumpkin dry.
- Remove the tape from the pumpkin.
- Enjoy the pumpkin!
She's a beaut, isn't she?
We didn't have any super narrow tape, so we just used some 1" wide tape we had on hand (it's something Dustin had from some old project or costume...but it's similar to painter's tape). We actually taped two pumpkins, but decided it was easier to just have us all work on one big one. It ended up taking us about a half hour, which is pretty much the entire attention span I can expect from the kiddos, so it worked out perfectly.
washable kids' paint and some old brushes we already had. I'm pretty sure this means we can't leave the pumpkin out in the rain, but that risk is well worth it because it meant I could let these two animals get paint on anything they wanted (which was everything) without worrying.
But nothing a few wet wipes couldn't fix. And our group masterpiece was looking good.
Once Piper finished her side of the pumpkin, she set to work on her plate...
Not a direct match to our inspiration piece, but it was fun, and at least has a bit of an artsy vibe mixed with the toddler chaos.
If you've still got pumpkins, it's a fun project to do, even with the littlest of littles.
So Happy Halloween and Happy Weekend...see you next week for the wrap up of this year's #costumeweekspooktacular!