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You know how motherhood changes you, and all that jazz?
I thought maybe one of the things about me that motherhood would change is my dislike for carving pumpkins.
Surely, the addition of two sweet small children to our family would mean I suddenly developed a deep love for sticking my hands into the cold innards of a pumpkin. Also, I’d probably start being able to carve something more impressive than a boring old three-triangle face jack-o-lantern.
Shockingly, giving birth didn’t change either of those things.
I now do all my pumpkin decorating without the help of a knife.
(Also, I discovered that in Texas it’s still so warm in October that usually your carved pumpkin collapses into a moldy mess within a couple of days. So non-carving decorations helps with this issue too, although in North Carolina, it’s chilly enough now that it doesn’t matter).
This pumpkin project was perfect for a sunny Saturday afternoon. Ella, of course, was DESPERATE to help, as she is on all art projects, so our doorstep not only features my pumpkin, but also a very small pumpkin covered in several long sheets of toilet paper. It’s quite classy looking. It’s also not pictured, because, well, I don’t want you to be intimidated by how artistic my three-year-old is).
- Large googly eyes (I bought mine at Michael’s for a whopping sixty cents)
- Glue or ModPodge
- Paint brush
- Cottonelle Triple Roll Toilet Paper (It’s currently on sale at Target and there is a printable coupon for a free box of Kleenex if you buy a 12 pack or larger, while supplies last)
(By the way, this is not the kind of project where you want to use the cheapest toilet paper you can find. It will be a glue-y sticky mess. Glue plus tissue-paper-thin toilet paper is not a pretty combination).
Gather your small assistants. Have them carefully inspect the paintbrushes for quality and safety.
Paint a thin coat of glue or ModPodge along the top of your pumpkin. Tear of a strip of toilet paper (about 4-7 squares long, depending on the size of your pumpkin) and fold it in half. Lay it on the glue and carefully smooth it down.
Repeat on the top of the pumpkin until the top third is covered (you’ll want to alternate the angle of the strips to give it a mummy look).
Glue one strip of toilet paper across the middle.
In the space between the middle strip and the top strips, glue the googly eyes on.
Add more toilet paper strips the front is completely covered.
Glue down all the loose ends and let dry completely.
Display proudly, then wipe off your children who definitely found the glue.