One of my best friends (and fellow mama of 3) made me feel totally guilty for being a Halloween scruge so here I am- new and improved- ready to show you some not-cringe-worthy HalloweenISH projects and fall activities you can totally do in between naps and school activities and making dinner and just Momming in general which- I get it- can totally feel all consuming sometimes.
These painted Pastel mini heirloom pumpkins cost all of maybe $10 and look so adorable gathered in the center of a table, set up on a mantle, or displayed in a china cabinet. The took about 10 minutes to paint so you can easily paint pumpkins AND drink your coffee AND still do the dishes or laundry during nap time. Yay!
Here is how the faux pumpkins started out:
I know tons of people that love them just like that. But I’m not a big orange girl- just doesn’t do it for me. So pink, teal and blue it was!
1. A few packs of faux mini pumpkins (got mine at Joann’s 40% off for $4.99/pack I think, might’ve been less after another 20% off total order coupon) I love me some coupons!!
2. Deco art acrylic paint in whatever color choices you like PLUS white (I think this brand is the best for acrylic craft paint but use whatever you have!)
3. A paper plate and flat bristle paint brush
1. Start with a little dollop of one color paint on your paper plate.
2. Paint one pumpkin that color.
3. Then add a little bit of white to your colored paint dollop and mix.
4. Paint your next pumpkin that color.
5. Keep adding white to your colored paint- this will slowly and gradually change the tint of the color.
6. Switch colors and repeat gradual tinting process as you paint each pumpkin.
7. Play around with mixing your colors too if you want! You can always paint over the pumpkins if you don’t end up loving the colors.
So easy, right?!
These end up looking slightly chalky which I love, and the original color of the faux mini pumpkins sort of shows through which gives a cool effect too.
Let them dry completely and enjoy!