There seem to be a lot of pumpkins in the shops now which means it must be time to start decorating for Halloween? Still too early? Oh well better take them down again. Anyway surely pumpkins are good Autumn decorations too *hopeful face*?
I always buy sticky back plastic (contact paper) in the September sales. There are always lots of good stationary offers because of the Back to School things going on offer. It is really great for toddler and preschool crafts as it cuts down so much on mess. This craft is actually pretty mess free, if you worry about such things. It is a good craft for younger children as they don’t need much help. Older children could also cut the tissue paper themselves but as mine are just three I cut it for them.
- Sticky backed Plastic (contact paper)
- craft foam or card (orange and green)
- orange tissue paper
- googly eyes
The only tricky part of this is getting the contact paper to lie flat so they can stick the tissue paper on it. Also stopping your three year olds from touching it before you have stuck it to the table. I use a bit of Sellotape and stick it to the table (the contact paper – NOT the children’s hands so they don’t touch it – although that is quite tempting). It was actually interesting seeing how much better they coped with having to wait while I set it up. Last time we did this activity they were only two and a half and it was very stressful getting it ready. This time they did understand they had to wait and I would set it up as quickly as I could. Of course it’s much better if you set it up without them there but that isn’t always possible. I can’t leave a room for more than a minute without one of them following me and if it looks fun then they will definitely be there.
I like to keep Halloween crafts on the cute side for little ones which is why these pumpkins have the googly eyes. Once they had finished sticking the tissue paper onto the contact paper I added cut out some hollow pumpkin shapes from glittery craft foam and stuck them together.
The orange tissue paper creates a really nice glow. It makes the room look a bit amber coloured. You could add a mouth and nose using a black pen.
I think they make a cute addition for Halloween. We stuck them up with a bit of Blue-tack so it wouldn’t mark the windows. By the way they aren’t really as clean as in the photo. If only it was as much fun to actually clean the windows as it is to edit them in Picmonkey.
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