My son handed me his bag so I could take a peek. He was super excited. This was his latest treasure. I opened the bag and looked inside. A little pumpkin – all covered in mud.
He had been on a field trip to an apple orchard earlier that day and picked that pumpkin himself. Now he wanted me to give it a bath and take out the paints and brushes. After all, I had started a painted pumpkin tradition a few years back which led to my boys’ interest in painting their own little pumpkins. (This list of 25 painted pumpkins for kids has some of our own pumpkins. )
I knew painting the pumpkins would turn into a messy little project, like any other painting project. I wasn’t eager to give the kitchen another scrub but I didn’t want to put him off, either. So I came up with another fun idea: faux Jack O Lanterns.
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I had just used black contact paper that morning to make Ghost apple treats for Halloween and they turned out great. Why wouldn’t it work on pumpkins, too? I draw eyes, a nose and a smiley face, cut them out and stuck them to the little pumpkin. My son love it. I did too. Such an easy trick to decorate pumpkins and make them look festive for Halloween.
I went ahead and turned all our pumpkins into faux Jack O Lanterns. All the little pumpkins we have by the fireplace and the big ones in front of the house. Yes, this year I chose not to paint them anymore, only because I fulfilled my love for painted pumpkins with these butternut people.
Make your own faux Jack O Lanterns
Materials: pumpkins, black contact paper, pencil, scissors
Step 1: Draw a Jack O Lantern (eyes, nose and mouth) on the contact paper
Step 2: Cut out the eyes, nose and mouth
Step 3: Stick them to the pumpkins
This is a great Halloween activity for toddlers and preschoolers to practice their scissors skills and perfect if you want to avoid the messy project of making real Jack O Lanterns.
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