With fall coming on strong (at least in my mind – it’s still topping 100 degrees here in Phoenix), the itch to do some fall crafts is definitely getting to me.
But I’ve learned that if I’m doing a craft, my little girls are desperate to be involved too.
These pumpkin vases were the perfect project (and once they were finished, they continued painting on their paper plates for a solid hour).
I’ve found that one of the secrets to kids’ art projects is to keep the color pallette small. (If you have fifteen color options, they’ll want to use them all. If you have two, they’ll use them both and everything will match)
Another secret is to guide them. For the color-blocked pumpkin, I let my two-year-old paint the whole top in gold, then taped off the bottom section with painter’s tape and told her to paint only below the tape. She did a great job, and I did very minimal touch-up afterward where she hadn’t quite filled in spots. My five-year-old wanted to do polka-dots, so I let her have at it and it has a nice, rustic feel to it.
What you’ll need:
- Papier-mâché pumpkins (I bought mine at Michaels—with a coupon, they were $3 each).
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Painters Tape (if you want to do a color block pumpkin)
- Artificial Flowers or Leaves
- Wire Cutters
Paint your pumpkins however you’d like.
If you touch up your child’s masterpiece after they’ve left the room, I won’t judge you one bit! :)
Let them dry and then drill about 10 small holes in the top of your pumpkin. Brush off any excess grit.
Cut your fake flowers or leaves into small bunches with the wire cutters, then insert them into the holes.
I especially like that I can pull the flowers or leaves in and out to make them seasonally appropriate. In September, I’ll do the leaves and sunflowers or mums. Come October, I’ll put in some spooky black branches or other Halloween décor. Then, when November rolls around, I can put my autumn leaves back in for Thanksgiving!