EEEW!! My son said, “I don't want to scrape out all the gunk!” My family always carved pumpkins, pulling out all the pulp and roasting the seeds was just part of it. Why my rough and tumble, dirt under the finger nails boys are squeamish about gutting a pumpkin, I will never know. If your kiddos are pumpkin gut adverse too, here is a simple solution in two words: Spray Paint.
Simple Spray Painted Pumpkins
Did I mention my boys have a short crafting attention span too? The whole rattle, shake, spray action is a perfect set up for a boy. Lots of quick movements with immediate results. Plus spray painting is an activity that is best done standing while dancing around like you have ants in your pants. Spray paint is a lot less messy than regular paint too!
These simple painted pumpkins dry in a snap. There are several easy ways to design the pumpkin.
- Tape the pumpkin where you don't want paint. Place painters tape in vertical lines along the pumpkin, in horizontal lines, or in dots or squares along the pumpkin for different effects.
- Stencils can be placed on the pumpkin before it is painted or after a single coat of paint is applied. Placing the stencils on the pumpkin and having the orange show through is the easiest. An older child will have a steadier hand to fill in a stencil area that is placed on after a first coat of spray paint.
- Tissue paper adds dimension to your pumpkin. Spray paint the pumpkin the color you want. Cut the tissue paper into poke-a-dots, Jack-O-Lantern facial features, bats, masks, fall leaves or ghosts–really anything you want (adhere with spray or craft glue).
Making Your Pumpkin Glow
Help you pumpkin stick around a few days longer by spraying it with a clear coat of spray paint. It will make it glisten in the late October sunshine.
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