It’s the time for lots of pumpkins, big and small. There’s few things more fun than carving pumpkins at Halloween time! When you select your pumpkins, consider what you want to do with them – paint them? Carve them? Use them to make pumpkin pie? If you’re going to carve them, they need to be big enough to carve, and have a fairly sturdy stem so that you can pull it off with ease when it comes time to “gut” the pumpkin of seeds. Beyond that, it’s really your choice in what size and nature of pumpkins you like – the more, the better. As a bonus, if you throw pumpkins into a garden after Halloween is over, assuming they have not been carved (and therefore still have seeds) you may find yourself with some beautiful volunteer pumpkin vines next summer, and they really are capable of producing pumpkins! However, remember that pumpkin vines are large and require a lot of space – so be careful where you throw the pumpkins if you want volunteer vines! Now, on to some crafty ideas!
Three Festive Pumpkin Art Ideas For Children
- a pumpkin “snowman”
- pumpkin family
- Carved pumpkins with stencils
A pumpkin snowman is exactly what you would imagine – stacked pumpkins on top of each other, painted like a snowman! Make sure you have a very large pumpkin with a somewhat flat top for the bottom, a middle size for the middle, smaller for the headed. you can use a knife or screw driver (with adult supervision of course!) to make holes for sticks for “arms” on the middle sized pumpkin. Paint buttons, clothes, or whatever you’d like on the pumpkin. You can put mittens on the stick arms, and you can paint the face how you’d like of the smallest pumpkin. Leave the stem intact as a “holder” for a hat. If you want to be extra festive, string some white lights around your pumpkin snowman!
A pumpkin family can be lots of fun for everyone – choose a pumpkin to represent everyone in your family (dogs and cats included if you like!) Then, have fun painting the special characteristics of each family member with acrylic paints available at any craft store. Does Dad have glasses? Draw them on, and add a cap if he wears one. You can even make a hole and insert a pacifier for a “baby” pumpkin. The possibilities are endless – and your family will be delighted that you made a pumpkin in their honor.
Carved pumpkins don’t just have to be faces – they can be art of whatever you like! Use your own stencils, or pick up a tracing book for relatively cheap at any supermarket or discount store. You could make a flower, a sunset, a dolphin – or something truly creepy like a haunted house or Frankenstein’s face! Be creative or use the stenciled tracings already provided. Remember that battery powered candles are far safer than real candles. Have a creative and fun Halloween!
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