Is it even Fall without a pumpkin craft? I am a big fan of process art vs. structured crafts, and this is an example of an easy project with a big impact! My absolute favourite part is that while they all look like perfectly round pumpkins, you can see how each child made it unique.
The pumpkin at the top left was made by my 6 month old. I painted the bottoms of his feet and helped him stand on the canvas. This is actually his first painting which makes it that much more special.
The pumpkin at the bottom was made by my 2 year old. He started with a sponge and then moved onto driving his toy cars all over (he always has a car or two close by)
The pumpkin at the top right was made by my 8 year old who used the sponge to smooth everything out and then add the lines.
Let me tell you how we made these. I will also add some variations at the bottom!
What you need
- Contact Paper
- Paint (we used both yellow and orange)
- Sponges/Foam Dabbers
How we did it
- Trace & Cut the contact Paper to the same size as your canvas (with a little overlap)
- Fold Contact Paper in half and cut a pumpkin shape in the middle (you can draw it first or just eyeball it)
- Peel the backing off the outer frame of your Contact Paper Pumpkin and smooth it onto your canvas
- Now for the fun part! Let your little one paint the canvas. No need to tell them to stay in the lines!
- Once they are done painting, peel the contact paper off to reveal your perfect pumpkin!
- Use the pumpkin shape left from the middle of the contact paper to make a second painting with the paint as the outline.
- Use regular paper and tape the outline to a blank sheet using painters tape for easy removal.
- Use markers to colour the canvas instead of paint.
I plan to hot glue a bit of jute or ribbon to the back so I can hang them on the wall. Let me know if you give this a try!
May you always be inspired to Play!