“Mommy, what is this?”
I’d been doing a puffy paint pumpkin experiment while the kids were at school. My first attempt was not recognizable as anything to do with Halloween.
Instead, it was a sort of weird orange-ish salmon color. The second and third times, the color was better, but the texture was all wrong. It was thin and looked too much like an extra-thick coat of regular paint.
You see, when I first tried, I was using the method I’d used when I made Puffy Paint Thunderstorm Clouds. That only required a hint of color. But this time I was going for bright orange.
I decided to get more scientific about it, writing on waxed paper next to each version. The color started to look better, but the texture still wasn’t right.
I was using washable tempera paint for color. It seemed to be a practical choice.
We once had a bad experience with non-washable paint.
Nevertheless, washable wasn’t working here. I needed a more concentrated color. Looking around, all I could come up with was food coloring.
Success! It worked out just the way I’d hoped.
Supplies (makes 1 small pumpkin)
4 teaspoons of shaving cream
2 teaspoons of school glue
5 drops of red food coloring
5 drops of yellow food coloring
Sharpie permanent marker
Sharp scissors or craft knife
Glue & glitter or glitter glue
Black Construction paper
1. Mix the shaving cream and glue together in a bowl. Then drop in the food coloring and stir until the color is uniform. The color will darken as it dries, so don’t worry!
2. Tear off a sheet of waxed paper and draw a pumpkin on it with the Sharpie pen.
3. Paint thickly onto the pumpkin shape.
4. Let dry flat and undisturbed about 24 hours.
5. Using sharp scissors or a craft knife, cut out jack o’lantern face. I used my favorite scissors in the whole world (affiliate link), these little Cutter Bee Scissors
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6. To get the look in the picture, apply glue and glitter to black construction paper, and tape it to the back of the pumpkin.
I know, glitter is a mess. Isn’t it pretty though?!
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