Mess free family fun with pumpkins just in time for Halloween!
I want to start this by saying Fernanda has never IN HER LIFE carved a pumpkin and I find that strange and horrible and fascinating but she is remarkably well rounded about the whole thing. That being said, I got aggressive with the need to show her what it was like and ordered (by ordered I mean I fully asked my grandmother to do this) 6 pumpkins to “practice” and then Fernanda made other plans LIKE A TRAITOR and I coerced my sisters into thinking it would be fun to spend a chilly fall Saturday afternoon painting pumpkins and it was the best time ever.
As much as I whole-heartedly believe that a person should carve a pumpkin at least once in their lifetime, I also have this strange obsession with making the biggest mess known to man. I like to gut pumpkins with an enthusiasm that requires newspaper in a three foot radius and clothes nobody cares about. And also, jack o’ lanterns are only fun on Halloween. What if you want your pumpkin for a fall centrepiece? Or to last for awhile before you carve it? THIS IS WHAT YOU DO!
I decided to paint the pumpkins because 1) the aforementioned mess and 2) there was a CRAZY good deal on clearance spray paint at Michaels for $3.99 a can and I fell in love with the colours and decided I needed a way to use them. Because she’s amazing, my grandma picked up a bunch of craft supplies a bit more kid friendly, which prompts me to offer you this list of materials you can use to play with pumpkins:
- craft paint
- stick on gems
Things that you probably shouldn’t give kids to play with pumpkins:
- spray paint
Lauren (and Tucker) tackled a pumpkin with pink spray paint and then they added gems and stickers and it was adorable. She then proceeded to get super bored and my grandma quickly subbed in a new pumpkin (because remember, I asked for SIX) and some craft paint and she did some incredibly artistic renditions of what I can only assume were impressionist-style botanical prints or something.
I really liked the contrast between this pale yellow and the emerald green paint. I ended up free hand painting chevron stripes on this one, but I also did a practice run with gardening twine that would have been awesome had I had glue (I did not) but that’s something to think about. Perfect for a fall table!
Jordan is a natural with spray paint. Not only did she not spray herself/an animal/the deck/the grass but she rocked this striped pumpkin design like the seven year old party girl she is.
Another really great way to design a pumpkin is to pair some metallic thumbtacks (you can find these ones in the painting canvas section of Michaels) with a bold paint colour. I love how it turned out!
What do you think? They brightened up the front porch at my dad’s really well (especially that narcissistic pink “a” pumpkin his older daughter did, what a charmer that one) and they’d look so pretty as a centrepiece too!
Also mad props to the big guy for not licking a single pumpkin while wet despite what I’m sure was an astronomical test of will power. And also for not murdering the girls despite some close calls with spray paint.