This year, I’ve decided to hand small toys out alongside candy. As a way to cue parents of kids with food allergies, autism or other conditions that prevent them from eating sweets, I thought I’d put a
blue pumpkin out front.
I realize it’s supposed to be teal, but as I don’t have teal paint, blue it is.
Since I’m not much of a shopper, I decided to make my own.
Here’s what you’ll need if you’d like to make a pumpkin similar to mine.
- Decorative pumpkin, preferably with a built in light. I got mine from Target for $3.00
- Acrylic or fabric paint (I used fabric paint left over from these shoes. We’ll see if it peels with time)
- Glitter (Another Target find for $1.00)
- Newspaper (for quick clean up)
- Foam brush
Since paint and glitter is involved, a mess will probably happen, so I’d only do this project in an easy to clean area. I ended up doing my painting in our little enclosure out back.
Spread newspaper on your working surface. That way, once your pumpkin is dry, all you’ll need to do is fold the left over glitter into the paper and toss the whole shebang.
Squirt some of your paint into the newspaper or a paper plate, and give the pumpkin at least two coats. With this paint, I found that one coat left too many streaks for my liking, but two coats provided enough color to leave just enough streaks to look somewhat rustic.
I didn’t bother preserving the black lining of the eyes, nose and mouth, but if you’d like to keep the shading for yours, put some painter’s tape over the areas you don’t want painted.
Once everything’s dry, you can just peel the tape off, and you’ll have nice, clean lines between the painted and unpainted areas.
Sprinkle glitter liberally. I personally like the messy look, so I just unscrewed my glitter containers, pinched some between my fingers and sprinkled it over by hand. If you’d like more of an even look, some containers have lids with little holes in them from which to sprinkle the glitter. Make sure to do this while the paint is still wet, so the glitter will stick.
You may also be able to spread clear glue, or modge podge, over the dried paint, and roll the pumpkin in a bowl of glitter. I haven’t looked yet, but there may be a way to seal the glitter in place, since it will come off on your hands when you first handle your new decoration.
Of course, glitter is messy by default, and I’ll probably be finding it around the house months from now, so if you’d rather pass on this step, I don’t blame you.
Add whatever details you’d like. I decided to experiment with some old blue glitter puff paint, so I drew a couple of spiders, and the veins in the stem. However, kids can use stickers, or you can make your own little decorative touches.
In fact, while I was in Target, I noticed quite a variety of craft supplies, including googly eyes, small containers of paint, and twine. You can get very creative with those things alone!
Let dry, and enjoy! The paint I used dried within a couple of hours, but different types of paint have different drying times.
Of course, this simple craft is good for all colors. If you’re a fan of awareness campaigns, October is dyslexia, cancer, breast cancer and bullying awareness month, so if you want to show your support with appropriately painted pumpkins, here’s the way to do it!