As my kids are getting older I have to find ways to get the fun holiday activities in, and have them want to participate. Sometimes that gets really hard – I think I may have lost my teenage boys completely. Luckily I still have 2 young(er) girls that still like to do fun holiday activities with me. Hopefully I can keep it going for a few more years. I really don’t want to be the 50 year old lady running through the corn maze during the fall or taking selfies with elves and Santa all by myself.
This year I wanted to skip the carving and paint out pumpkins. We have painted pumpkins before but I wanted to do a whole set, or series of them with stripes, dots, and other geometric patterns.
I started with 7 pumpkins of all different sizes and shapes. I decided on a black and white theme for the front porch thinking that I could just parley them from Halloween into Thanksgiving porch decor with just a few accessories.
I quickly decided that I wanted a more washed out look to my pumpkins than a dark full coverage look.
Once I covered the pumpkins with their base color they looked like this:
I love the way the imperfections show through. On the black one you can see the lines very clearly.
Next I took the opposite color and just went to town with stripes and polka dots. I really wanted a fun look that wasn’t necessarily “Halloween”.
Here are some of the finished products. You can see on the large pumpkin I added small black dots in-between the large white dots. I liked how it added dimension. I also painted some of the stems or “handles” as my girls call them.
My girls still wanted to carve pumpkins – even after all the painting! If they still want to enjoy the classic holiday traditions that we have done since they were small I am going to let them as long as they will. I know they are getting big!
Final product for Abi is a typical face with triangles and a half-moon grin. She is a very imaginative girl except when it comes to her pumpkins. She likes her pumpkins classic. Haley and I did Jack again because well, Hello. It’s Jack. We have already watched Nightmare Before Christmas 4 times this year. I think our record is 30 times between Halloween and the end of the year.
No matter how they want to decorate them, as long as they want to do it, I will be right there doing it as well. What will I do when I don’t have kids at home anymore?