since Clara’s still a few years off from knife-wielding age, we still scratch our heads each year for a toddler-friendly method for her to be included in the pumpkin embellishing process. When she was 5 months old we borrowed the outline of her hand to influence a lady-like Jack-o-Lantern (a Jill-o-Lantern perhaps?)

Last year we took advantage of her new-found dexterity as well as let her finger paint some pumpkins that we had strategically taped off ahead of time to later expose some designs.
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And since she had so much fun last year (and we liked exactly how they turned out) we did a slight twist on that concept by making tissue paper “sticker” pumpkins this year.

Anyone who complies with us on instagram understands that Clara is consumed with stickers. as well as although a pumpkin covered in her usual fare of Snoopys as well as Barneys would have been fun, we believed it may be even more interesting to try our hand at something we might customize. So we decided to make our own “stickers” with the assist of some vibrant tissue paper as well as great ol’ Mod Podge that we already had on hand.

Sherry utilized some leftover tissue paper from Clara’s pink-and-orange birthday celebration as well as cut a lot of big as well as little circles using, of all things, a roll of electrical tape as her guide (tracing the outside made the huge ones, as well as tracing the inside made the little ones). utilize what you got, right?

Then I basically just utilized a huge paintbrush to coat the pumpkin with a thin layer of Mod Podge as Clara put the tissue dots anywhere she pleased. It was truly that simple.

We spotted (pun!) these pumpkins at Kroger, as well as understood they would be remarkable (we believed a lighter colored pumpkin would assist all of the colors show up since sheer orange as well as pink dots on an orange pumpkin may be harder to see). Although they may look like typical white pumpkins, they really have a hint of orangey-pink to them, so it’s a fun twist. plus a part of proceeds went to breast cancer research, to ensure that was quite excellent too.

You can see that the tissue did crinkle a bit as it went down. Bumpy pumpkin surface + young child fingers = nothing completely smooth. however we didn’t mind, we were just happy she was having fun. I did sometimes dab some additional Mod Podge over top to assist them stay down, which seemed to help.

The finest part was that Clara was in like with the project. I recognize she doesn’t look especially gleeful in these photos, however it’s since she was so focused on it. She asked a number of times that night if we might do it again. Plus, we appreciated that it wasn’t almost as untidy as we had anticipated (note the table covered in craft paper). I most likely ended up with more Mod Podge on me than she did (I did accidentally stick my forearm in it once) however since it’s basically Elmer’s Glue, it washed off quickly with ordinary water.

We did two pumpkins in total, however the fun didn’t stop there. There were so many additional tissue dots that Clara kept on playing (sorting them, lining them up, singing to them, putting them on her head…).

After she went to bed that night Sherry did a full coat of Mod Podge over the pumpkins just to ensure that all of the edges got adhered. The benefit was that it likewise provided the whole thing a nice smooth as well as glossy feel.

We believe they’re truly fun- particularly since we just utilized what we had around the home as well as came up with something sticker-ish for our sticker-obsessed girl. So if you have any type of young children who are into stickers, this might be a fun weekend job (and tissue paper is only around 99 cents, so it’s quite affordable too).

I attempted to get a adorable photo of Clara sitting next to her pumpkin creations, however there was bit rate of interest in being still. as well as yes, she’s using the exact same shirt from the day before. We had dressed her in it as the “it’s okay to get messy” shirt for the project, however since it survived so well it ended up being the next day’s attire when paired with the skirt of her choosing.

The most interaction I might get out of Clara was her singing “Rock-A-Bye, Baby” to them while swinging the glider-bench back as well as forth.

Then she found a broom close-by as well as it was like the pumpkins never existed. When a girl’s gotta sweep, a girl’s gotta sweep!

And if you’re looking for some simple pumpkin paper crafts, our good friends at youth Magichave a free pumpkin printable that you might utilize in a range of methods as well as provide youngsters of all skill levels an simple method to help you embellish for fall.

Psst – Sherry wants me to mention that for the very first time ever she’s attempting to diy specific elements of Clara & Burger’s costumes this year, so we’ll keep you published as well as share some pics as soon as they’re done (most likely right on Halloween if I understand my wife…).

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