After visiting the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch, we amassed a variety of pumpkins, which needed decorating, and of course personal touches. Pumpkin carving is a festive tradition, but in the Texas heat they grow mold almost immediately, and you can’t appreciate them long-term. Instead of carving, I prefer a little paint and a few stickers.
With the first found of pumpkins, we let each child choose a tempera paint color to slather on a pumpkin. It was an utter mess, but they had a blast expressing their creative sides. Plus, it was a full on sensory experience; they covered their arms, hands, and cheeks before they finished. After our little art extravaganza, I used copious amounts of Shout and washed clothes multiple times to rid them of bright paint splatter. Thankfully, there’s no remaining evidence of art on their clothes.
For the second set of pumpkins, I created a monogram for each child using the same process I used to make cookies for Santa plates.
First, I printed individual letters in 300 pt French Script font from Microsoft Word.
Then, I flipped the paper over and rubbed pencil over the area where the letters were.
I pressed the letters, print side up onto a smooth part of the pumpkin and traced over it with heavy pressure using a pen.
This left a faint outline, which I filled in with a paint pen. It’s very faint in the picture, but there is a light outline of the “R” on the face of this pumpkin.
When I was finished, we had four handsome monogrammed pumpkins. I let the kids loose with Halloween stickers so they could leave their own flare.
The best part about pumpkin decorating is displaying them on the porch for others to admire. The quads beamed with pride when I let them carry their own pumpkins to the porch. I helped with arrangement of course.
We placed the tempera paint pumpkins under the covered part of the porch since rain tends to wash them clean. Each time we go out the front door, the kids point out their personalized pumpkins with their “letter”.
On Halloween Eve, we’ll carve the largest pumpkins together and cross our fingers they last 24 hours. What is your favorite way to decorate pumpkins?