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Painted Pumpkins: A Family Tradition

I love looking for opportunities to take old traditions, and adding to them my own unique, modern spin. Halloween is no exception. For the past 4 years, my family has been painting pumpkins as well as carving them. The project was such a hit the first year that we've made it something of a tradition ever since.

This year, my son chose to do an Angry Bird Space theme, while my older daughter selected Tinkerbell for her pumpkin.

I found an Angry Bird Space pumpkin carving template here and had it enlarged by 30 % to get the scale just right. We taped the template to my son's pumpkin and started punching holes. Once the holes were complete, I cut out the pattern and he scooped out the pumpkin guts. :) Next, we decided on red spray paint for his pumpkin. I found glow-in-the-dark paint at Michaels to accent the eyes.

Disney has a great template for Tinkerbell on their website. I enlarged it too, by 25%. Just as we had done with my son's pumpkin, we punched holes and scooped pumpkin guts. We chose a green paint for the pumpkin and then bedazzled away!!

Last year, my son chose to make a Mario carved pumpkin. We found an easy template on Mario online. [One piece of advice: Carve the pumpkin first and then spray paint it. If you do it the other way around, the paint will come off when you remove the tape used to set the template in place.]

My daughter loves Hello Kitty, so that was the obvious choice for her pumpkin. We used spray adhesive to adhere large glitter fleck to the pumpkin and Swarovski crystals outlined the kitty’s eyes.

This is an incredibly easy project to do with young children, and yet the results are sure to impress! Enjoy!

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