Becoming a mother definitely sparked my love for Halloween. Sure, I enjoyed it as a kid – dressing up and going door-to-door for candies. Who doesn’t love free food? Now, Halloween is even more fun.
At first, I loved Halloween because there is nothing cuter than babies in costumes. Put them in anything and you can’t help but melt over the cuteness. Babies dressed as bunnies – adorable. Babies dressed as kittens – amazing. Babies dressed as strawberries – delicious. (And completely unbiased since my little girl was a strawberry for her first Halloween.)
Then, I got excited about the food. (Of course I did! There should be a flashing marquee sign over my head saying “foodie!”) Halloween isn’t just about candy. There are a bunch of other delicious Halloween-friendly recipes. Check out these yummy-licious pumpkin recipes, Skinny Pumpkin Spice Muffins and Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars.
With my two-year-old daughter becoming increasingly interested in arts and crafts, I am now also excited about Halloween decor. I know ghost and ghoul decor is everywhere this time of year, but I tend to enjoy a different view on the festivities.
Sure, it might look a little formal, but Glam Halloween Pumpkins are really easy to make. With only a few items, you can make beautiful, kid-friendly pumpkins. These decorative pumpkins are a great, safe alternative to carving pumpkins. My two-year-old daughter helped with every step of the pumpkin glam-ing process. Together we painted the pumpkins and added the glitter stickers.
Below you can see that it took four coats of paint to get the pumpkins to have a uniform white appearance. There’s a huge difference between the first and second coat of paint, but it took another two coats to make sure that there were no more streaks of yellow/orange peeking through. (Alternatively, you could spray paint the pumpkins white, but I haven’t tried it.)
Since I was making Glam Halloween Pumpkins with a two-year-old, I waited at least one day between coats. I definitely could have painted another coat sooner, after an hour or so. But with the attention span of a toddler, spacing it out just made more sense.
When the pumpkins were all painted, the final step was amazing. Not only did it give the pumpkins their finishing touch, but it involved stickers. What’s more kid-friendly than stickers? Long strips of clear stickers hold together the string of little gems. If you need less gems, simply cut the clear sticker between them. Nothing’s easier than these Glitter stickers. And they sparkle! I like placing one row of sticker gems between the natural folds in the pumpkin, but you can decorate them any way you want.
For you frugal minded peeps, everything needed to make Glam Halloween Pumpkins is from a local dollar store. Affordable, simple, and kid-friendly – I love it!Print
Glam Halloween Pumpkins
Looking for a beautiful, kid-friendly Halloween craft? Or a safe alternative to carving pumpkins? You will love these Glam Halloween Pumpkins. They’re beautiful, frugal, and easy to make.
- Plastic pumpkin
- White acrylic paint
- Sponge brush
- Glitter stickers
- With a damp cloth, gently clean the outside of the pumpkin, removing any debris.
- Using a sponge brush, coat the outside of the pumpkin with paint.
- When dry, cover with more paint. Repeat until the pumpkin is evenly covered and there are no streaks of yellow/orange peeking through.
- Decorate the pumpkin with glitter stickers.