Saturday, October 29, 2011

Super-Easy Pumpkin Decorating!

The last few years, we haven't carved pumpkins. I always hated paying for a pumpkin, only to throw it out after Halloween. Yeah, we got pumpkin seeds from those carving pumpkins, but they weren't very yummy. So, I started to buy pie pumpkins and we do this to them:

It's so fun and easy for the kids to cut out eyeballs, mouths, and noses from magazines. Then, with a little glue, we make some pretty creepy pumpkins. I mean, really - Which is scarier? A pumpkin with triangles carved into it, or these weird-looking faces that just aren't right?

Plus, it's safer and everyone can participate. I mean, I know that my oldest is 13, but his knife skills aren't all there. I don't want him showing his kids a scar on his hand one day, saying, "You see this one? I got this while carving a pumpkin. Twenty-three stitches!" And then there's Little Guy who is at a point where, "I do it myself!" translates into: "If you don't let me do exactly the same thing as everyone else, I'm going to flip out into a pool of tears and ear-piercing screaming!" So, letting him try to figure out how to use scissors, then giving him a paintbrush and a bowl with some white glue it such an easy solution.
Just checking out the pumpkins.

This is a great way to explore some creative options in facial features!

We're planning on gluing on some marigolds and autumn leaves for hair tomorrow.
On Tuesday, I'll cut up the pumpkins and bake the seeds and cook the pumpkin in the crock pot, then puree it for pies, cookies, etc. No wasted money - and some healthy fall treats, too!

Do you have any good pumpkin recipes we might want to try? Let me know!


Lauren Wayne said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That's such a fun idea! I hate scooping out the goop, and our carved pumpkins went moldy within, like, seconds. Although I did like the seeds. :)

One year we just had Mikko draw all over the pumpkins with a marker, and that was fun, too! But I love the goofiness of these faces, and playing with glue is fun.

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Those are cute! How fun to cut out face parts to pick what the pumpkin will look like - great idea! I wanted to invtie you to come link up at my TGIF linky party -

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

these came out super fun! loving the one eye!

Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase. Hope to see you this week -