Well, it's definitely that time of year again . . . And I am excited!! Some of my most favorite holidays (including my birthday!!!) are just around the corner and I. CAN'T. WAIT!! To kick things off, I thought I would share a quick and easy Halloween craft with you that I actually posted on a friend's blog (before I resurrected my own . . . does that make this a Zombie blog?!?!) last year. A few of you may have seen this before over at Randee's Organized Chaos, but for those of you who haven't - enjoy!!
I don't know where yall live, but where we call home it's hot! Yes, it's true. Halloween is frequently a warm-weather holiday for us! Which makes decorating with carved pumpkins almost impossible! In addition to to being hard to carve in the first place, they are generally a soupy, swarming mess only a few days later. Frustrating! When my daughter was born, it quickly became apparent that she was both creative (yay) and clutsy (oops) - just like her mom! And that gave me one more reason to stick with pumpkin decorating ideas that do not involve a knife! So for the past few years, we've simply painted them, but this year we decided it was time to try something new. It was so easy and fun (and SAFE) that I wanted to share!
Make Your Own Mumpkin!
1. We picked a medium to large pumpkin, but mini mumpkins would be cute too!
2. Cut gauze fabric into 2-3 inch strips and set aside. We used a half-yard of gauze. You could also buy rolls of gauze and save a step, but the fabric is much cheaper.
3. Cut out felt eyes and mouth in any shape you want.
4. Thin regular white glue with water and pour into a flat container. TIP*** We wash and save our styrofoam meat trays - and use them for all kinds of crafts!
5. Use a large brush to coat the pumpkin in a thin layer of glue.
6. Position eyes and mouth where you want them.
7. Begin wrapping your pumpkin in gauze strips, using additional glue to secure ends. We just painted right over the gauxe with the glue and it will stiffen as it dries.
8. Keep wrapping until your pumpkin becomes a mumpkin and you're done!
This whole project took about 15 minutes to complete from start to finish and Sheep did most of the work! It's a great craft for kids and best of all - no fruit flies!
For even more sassy pumpkin ideas head on over here!