Decorating a Plastic Pumpkin

This Halloween will be the first time for Noah to go to Trick-or-Treating.  She is already practicing saying, “Trick-or-Treat and walking around the house with her pumpkin.   Or as she likes to call it her “apee” (translated alpple).  I’m not sure why she thinks they are apples but she will figure it out soon or enough.

Anyway, I am super excited about her getting dressed, going to the parades, and Trick-or-Treating door to door.  This year she is going to be a little flower and I want her pumpkin to be a fashionable accessory to her outfit.  So I decided to decorate hers to coordinate with her costume.

2013-10-10 13.25.20This project was super easy  I used things I had laying around the house so it didn’t cost me anything.

If you want to decorate a pumpkin for your little one here is what you will need.

Decorating Supplies

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  • Plastic Pumpkin (I had an extra one in the attic but I have seen them at Wal-Mart for a $1.)
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Ribbon for Trim

To start with I laid the yellow piece of fabric down and traced the opening of the top of the pumpkin.  Next I came out about an inch and half from the circle and started drawing triangles.  I didn’t measure them or worry about keeping them the size.  Keep the project simple and don’t stress out about it.  In the end no one will notice if one triangle is bigger than another.

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You end up with something like this. If you don’t want triangles you could draw scallops.  That would be cute.  Next I cut out the center and then used my pinking shears for cutting out the triangles.  If you don’t have any pinking shears use your typical scissors.

2013-10-10 07.05.42Do the same thing to next piece of fabric except make your triangles smaller.  I chose to use two fabrics because I wanted layers around the rim of the pumpkin.  You can add as many as you want.

(I don’t have any pictures for the rest of the project because Noah decided to join in on the fun at this point. When you add a toddler and a hot glue gun you don’t really have time for the camera.  I’ll talk you through it though.)

Next, I added hot glue around the rim of the pumpkin and laid the bottom layer of fabric on top.  I tried to align the notches up with the handles.  If it doesn’t work out just cut the notches in a little more. After the first piece was glued down I added the second.

Then using my scrap pieces of fabric I cut 1″ strips about 6″ long from both pieces of fabric. I used these pieces to tie around the handle of the pumpkin.  I think the handle turned out to be my favorite part!

Finally, I used some ribbon I had lying around and glued it around the rim of the pumpkin to cover up the raw ends of the fabric and give it a finished look.

2013-10-10 13.25.20I did end up trimming the triangles in front of the face because our pumpkin looked like Emma, our yorkie, when she is in bad need of a haircut.
2013-10-10 13.25.35In less than 30 minutes you can have a decorated pumpkin for your little one!

What are you or your little one dressing up as this year?  Do you still like to dress up?  I do but it’s always hard to come up with something new every year.

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