It’s that time again parents! The Great American Pumpkin Decorating Contest is about to plant itself across the country in schools and county fairs near you, giving your kids an opportunity to showcase their creativity.
This type of contest has been used locally in my children’s school as a fundraiser and we have pulled off two subsequent Grand Prize wins. In order to achieve victory again, we will have to deliver something truly amazing.
After searching the web for the best of the best ideas, for your convenience, look no further. If you and your kiddo want to pull off a real shot at winning a no-carve pumpkin decorating contest, then read on!
For the child that has zero attention span and just wants to lick your walls while you provide instructions, stick to a pumpkin that needs a solid coat of paint in an outside environment, away from babies, dogs and expensive things that have miraculously survived your children thus far. For example, these angry birds can be competed in a couple of hours.
For the child that wants to win, regardless of personality challenges? Well, consider one of these AMAZING pumpkins. Yes, these will take time and detail. However, if you and your child are up for the frustration, paint brush throwing, glitter up your nose, oh wait, I mean, BONDING, then go for it!
Various supplies needed can be found in a one-stop-shop click. Select the item(s) needed below and simply hit “check out.”
Craft feathers (color) (natural) (peacock), acrylic paint, plastic eyes, craft pipe cleaners, craft glitter, foam board, paint brushes, modge podge, glue gun/sticks, craft balls, gum balls, craft mirrors, craft stones, craft sticks, craft pins, Krylon Original Chrome Paint
R2D2: Click here for directions courtesy of diycandy.com
PUFFER FISH: Pinterest
WHITE OWL: Click here for instruction courtesy of decorate.com
GIRAFFE GOURD PUMPKIN: Courtesy of guardartenthusiasts
WHALE GOURD PUMPKIN: Courtesy of etsy.com
FLAMINGO GOURD PUMPKIN: Found at americangourdsociety.com
VERY HUNGRY CATEPILLAR: Pinterest
CHARLOTTE’S WEB: Courtesy of Greeneacreshobbyfarm
RICKEY RICOTTA MIGHTY ROBOT: Instructions can be found at momdot.com
CINDERELLA’S CARRIAGE: Google
FLY GUY: Pinterest
YELLOW BIRD: Courtesy of PopSugar
STAR WARS BB-8 Pumpkin: Instruction can be found here from time.com
GRAND PRIZE WINNER – GUM BALL PUMPKIN: Courtesy of threekidsandababydaddy.com
Supplies needed, LOTS of gum balls, red spray paint, small plastic bucket, black and silver paint, paint brush
SPACESHIP WITH ALIENS: Courtesy of threekidsandababydaddy.com
Supplies needed: Krylon Original Chrome, green acrylic paint, green craft wires, plastic eyes, glue gun, foam board, craft pins to secure foam board to pumpkin, craft mirrors and beads, small see through cup or bucket for top of spaceship
GRAND PRIZE WINNER – PEACOCK GOURD PUMPKIN: Courtesy of threekidsandababydaddy.com
Supplies needed: Blue Paint, Blue Glitter, Peacock Feathers, glue gun, styrofoam to secure feathers to the back of pumpkin, pins which attach the styrofoam to back pumpkin, plastic eyes, black craft pipe cleaners
For more ideas, search the Three Kids and a Baby Daddy’s Pumpkin Pinterest Pins here.
We would LOVE to hear of your process of pumpkin decorating with your child with pictures and please share any successes also! Remember, a success could be simply finishing the pumpkin to competition without tears and gnashing of teeth.
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