Your kids want to get in on the pumpkin decorating fun, but handling carving tools is a no-go. So, what are your options? Here are a few ideas.
FIRST STEP – no matter what decorating option you use, clean the pumpkin using a baby wipe – NOT getting the pumpkin really wet or it is more likely to rot. Make sure it’s completely dry before decorating.
Paint your pumpkin – Acrylic paint works best, but if you want washable go with a tempura paint.
Decoupage your pumpkin – Cut strips of tissue paper or pictures out of a magazine and use Mod Podge to adhere them to the pumpkin. Glitter is a great addition, too. Use a top layer of Mod Podge to make sure it all sticks.
Dress up your pumpkin – Cut patterns from craft foam to make funny faces or other designs and use craft glue to adhere them to the pumpkin.
LAST STEP – Seal your pumpkin. Use a clear spray sealer (sold in hardware stores usually with the spray paint) all over the pumpkin.
(No, I did not personally do all of these crafts. I did a lot of searching on the web, though! Most are from random sites, but Family Fun Magazine does have a lot of great ideas – as always.)
Now even your youngest kids can participate – and your non-carved pumpkins will even last longer!
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