Disclosure: I received the products for these projects and gift card from Oriental Trading Company to complete this post but all opinions are my own.
I have no problem admitting when I’m not good at something so this is me raising my white flag and saying I’m a pretty hopeless Jack-o-lantern carver. And with a toddler and a preschooler I don’t have that much time to spend with a knife anyway. Not to mention I have an ugly scar from a previous whittling endeavor, but I digress. We still want to celebrate Halloween in our house in a fun, non-scary, kid-friendly way and my kids are a bit obsessed with pumpkins in the stores at the minute. For my toddler everything is a pumpkin including apples, oranges, and onions. With carving not being an option, we needed to do something else with our pumpkins.
I came up with two super cute options with the help of my friends at Oriental Trading who have an awesome selection of kid friendly craft supplies including great options for Halloween. (You may remember my Wood Pin Animal Friends.)
The first pumpkin was inspired by one of the kids’ Halloween books about a mummy. Forgive the terrible play on words, but meet my Mumkin. 🙂
This one was nothing more than strips of stretchy bandage that can be found at any pharmacy store heavy duty stapled to the back of the pumpkin. I wrapped individual strips instead of going round and round because it was easier to staple the strips. Also, FYI the bandage has to be secured with something extra strong like the heavy duty stapler or duct tape. I found out the hard way when I used First Aid Tape. I split the bandage apart and applied the stick on eyes that came in a package of various “spooky eyes” from Oriental Trading. So easy, so quick, and I’ve already had 2 neighbors come and ask where I got my mumkin!
Next meet Captain Jack. O’ Lantern. Again so sorry for the pun. And think my husband has to live with me!
My little boy absolutely loves pirates! So much so that his last birthday party was a pirate one so I knew that one of our pumpkins had to be a pirate one. I bought a bandana from the craft store which I fashioned Pirate style by folding it in half as a triangle, wrapping it around the pumpkins head and tying the two ends. I made an eye patch by cutting the shape out of construction paper and then hot gluing the patch to a length of black yard. The cute jack o lantern face is from a kit of various jack o lantern faces from Oriental Trading. Aaargh Matey Trick or Treat!
The kids and I are both so excited about having these on our porch this year!
Oriental Trading Company has provided a $25 gift card to help you make your own cute pumpkins!
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