Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday's Top Three

 These week I wanted to work on something a little DIY and definitely something kid-friendly.  I found LOTS of cute fall decorations on Pinterest.  My favorites were these do-it-yourself pumpkins.  I chose three different methods to spruce up these dollar store pumpkins. 
I thought this was SO cute and trendy right now.  Chalkboard pumpkins??  Isn't everyone loving chalkboard stuff just as much as I am??  I hauled the kiddos to Lowe's and Hobby Lobby to get some last minute supplies.  I stumbled upon some Chalkboard Spray Paint!  Now, we're talking.  I already had some regular chalkboard paint I was planning on using, but this made my life SO much easier!!
 This is how we started.  2 dollar store orange pumpkins laying on our gossip magazine we ripped up.  Still keepin' it real.  ha!
 We spray painted one with black chalkboard paint.  It looked GREAT!  The other one I painted with SUPER cheap white spray paint and it didn't look so good.  It was runny and you could still see the orange through the white?  I'm thinking it's because I used the 77 cent spray paint??
 After it dried, it looked great!  (Sorry, the Slaughter House had zero newspapers...so I was resourceful!)
 Nixon helped me scribble all over the pumpkin with white chalk.  Then we went back over it with a rag and wiped all the chalk off.  The blog I read said that it helped to prime it??
 Bowen was happy he got to participate by watching and snacking!
 The finished product (a little blurry).  I think this turned out pretty cute!  It was a GREAT craft for kiddos to help with and now they can draw ALL over this $1.00 pumpkin.  (I also bought the chalkboard spray paint, but I will use that ALL the time.)  They were wiping off the face and drawing new things.  So easy!!
My whole plan for this attempt was to just paint white circles onto our pumpkin.  I wasn't thinking and spray painted it white??  It didn't turn out great.  And...I had a white pumpkin??  My pack of paint didn't have orange, so I had to improvise.  I had the kids paint black circles on the white pumpkin.  I had some circle sponges from something years ago.  

 The kiddos took turns sponge painting black circles.  They tried their best, but sponge painting probably wasn't the way to go.  It would have been better if I would have used a real brush and painted circles.
Our attempt...ha!  It doesn't look like the original, but it was a super kid-friendly craft that my kids loved doing.  That was the point, right??  

I was so excited about recreating this pumpkin.  I thought they were too cute.  The ones in the picture were REAL pumpkins.  I used another dollar store pumpkin...just keep that in mind.  Also keep in mind...
1. We did this last.
2. After seeing how one white turned out.  I decided to paint ours black and use gold glitter.
3.  Bowen was crying because he wanted to be held.
4.  The big kids tried to help with this and there was glitter ALL over the kitchen.

You got all that??  We had a mess going on.  I quickly finished it and completely forgot to take pictures.  Until the end...our final products
 Kind of hard to see...sorry!
I actually LOVE how they turned out!!  The kids had a great time helping me with these crafts.  They were easy enough (mostly) for the kids to get to do it themselves, and they didn't cost me much money at all!  Thank you Pinterest for giving me a little inspiration!!


Mix and Match Mama said...

Oh my goodness! Your pumpkins look so good!! I am really, really impressed by them! All 3 are really cute and they actually look simple enough for even me to do them (shocking, I know!). Love it!

Jennifer Cannon said...

I love this post!! Are tge dollar store ones the foam pumpkins? Such a cute idea. I want to try a chevron pumpkin! Or a bigger black pumkin with a cute ribbon bow around the " handle". Such a fun fall craft

Slightly Askew Designs said...

LOVING all three... especially the glitter one :) A variation on these would make REALLY cute decor for a certain birthday party theme we talked about yesterday :)

Slice of Life said...

Love these! So easy and they look so cute all lined up together!

V @ X-tremely V said...

I love this idea! I will definitely try this with my 22 month old :) And I love the that pumpkins were something your kids really made vs. the expensive/perfect ones you see everywhere. They all look great and I'm sure your kids had a great time :)


Elaine~ Honey Pie Accessories said...

So cute! Now I must have a chalk painted pumpkin!

Tab & Erika said...

Jennifer...the pumpkins are actually the carveable kind from Dollar Tree. I loved the fact that they were $1!! I searched and searched my Dollar Tree for a bigger pumpkin, but they didn't have any. I hope you have better luck. A chevron pumpkin would be adorable!!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

So SOOOOOO cute! Three DARLING pumpkins for three DARLING kids! Love it!!!