Well, here we are, on the eve of all Hallow’s Eve. We did our final Hallowe’en project today because the Hooligans won’t be here tomorrow.
I’d had this project in the back of my mind for weeks, and I’m really glad we got around to it today. It was very cool! And like most of our projects, it was inexpensive, and easy enough for even the youngest Hooligans to have fun with.
- Paint (we used orange, red, yellow, brown and green)
- Plastic grocery bag
- Stamps for eyes/nose/mouth (we used wooden blocks, and I made a couple from yogurt containers and styrofoam)
- Cardboard or sturdy construction paper for your “canvas”
Start by drizzling your paint on your canvas; pumpkin colours on the main part of the page and a small drizzle of green at the top for the stem of the pumpkin.
Now place your plastic bag on top of your canvas and start smooshing, patting and rubbing the paint all around.
Smoosh it well. You want good coverage here.
Lift up your plastic bag and voila!
If you’re not happy with your coverage, place the bag back down and smoosh again.
We used a hair dryer to dry our pumpkins so we could get to the stamping.
I made a few stamps for eyes, noses and mouths by cutting some foam packaging and hot gluing the pieces to a few small containers (yogurt containers are great for this).
I also pulled out a few wooden blocks from our block bucket so the Hooligan’s would have a variety of shapes to choose from.
They dipped their stamps in some black paint and turned their pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns.
Some chose to be quite deliberate in how they stamped, and some were more creative. This little Hooligans rubbed and smeared her stamps around creating a beautiful collage.
As a final touch, we added “teeth”. I set out corn kernels, borrowed from our corn bin, and white pasta leftover from our “boneyard wreath” project.
How cute is THIS?!
Aren’t they fabulous? I love that each one is so unique and beautiful!