Every year my family heads to a pumpkin patch to pick put our pumpkins. Every year we bust out the carving supplies and attempt to stencil a bigger, more elaborate carving than the year before. But this year, we got…LAZY. (Seems to be a running theme at my house this year.) No one wanted to carve, scoop, or do anything else with our single, solitary pumpkin. We planned to go to a pumpkin patch this weekend, but it was just too cold. Under 50 degrees, we’re not trying to spend any time outdoors.
So, even though we got lazy, we certainly didn’t lose our creativity.
Earlier this month my son asked for “Elmo” for his 2nd birthday party. He saw a cake at a nearby store and said “I want Elmo cake.” From that moment, his birthday had a theme.
Considering that our “laziness” wouldn’t allow for an entire pumpkin carving, I settled on something I knew I could do – an ELMO PUMPKIN!!! So for those of you who have yet to carve out your pumpkins, there’s still time to create a really great pumpkin your kids will love.
red acrylic paint (approx $0.99 at a craft store)
black acrylic paint (approx $0.99)
gloss acrylic coating (optional)
large wiggle eyes (approx $1.99)
large orange pom poms (approx $0.99)
Cover entire pumpkin with the red acrylic paint. Don’t worry about the very bottom because no one will notice that anyway. When the first coat dries, apply a second coat. When the second coat is dry, draw (with a pencil) a half circle towards the bottom of the pumpkin to make Elmo’s mouth. Paint the half circle with black paint.
OPTIONAL: When the black paint is dry, spray paint a coat of the glossy acrylic coating.
Then just hot glue the eyes and the pom pom nose. Ta da! A quick and easy Sesame Street fix!
Needless-to-say, my son loves his Elmo pumpkin. Can’t wait to see what the neighborhood kids think of this one on Halloween!