I'm a fool for fall. It's become my favorite season, and for so many reasons. The cool weather, the pumpkin treats . . . the Halloween holiday. I also like acorns. And deer. And brown and orange. And pretty much any sort of symbol that would remind someone of fall. If it's autumn related, I love it. Any other fall lovers out there?
I had some pumpkin treat containers sitting in my stash from last year, and I decided it was about time to Mod Podge them. As I was thinking about what I wanted to do, I realized I had an easy kids' fall craft right in front of me. These are perfect for party favors or giving as gifts – who wouldn't want a pumpkin filled with candy? And one that sparkles? Here's how these treat containers were made.
Gather These Supplies
- Paper mache pumpkin treat containers
- Mod Podge Washout for Kids
- Mod Podge Sparkle (optional)
- Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint – Pumpkin or Black (for the face details), White
- Tissue paper – Orange and green
These were the treat containers I started with. I believe they were from the Martha Stewart Halloween line last year. Luckily there are always fun Halloween shapes at the craft store this time of year.
Cut the tissue paper up into lots of small squares – both the orange and the green. Begin to cover each pumpkin with tissue paper. Paint a medium layer of the Mod Podge Washout on the pumpkin, add tissue paper and then Mod Podge over the top.
Keep adding tissue paper until the entire pumpkin is covered (using green for the stem). Let dry. There's no need to Mod Podge the inside of your containers (and you wouldn't want to if you are putting unwrapped candy in there).
Paint the details on the pumpkin face with either Pumpkin or Black paint, depending on how authentic you want your jack o' lantern to look. I didn't want to get too crazy . . . just a little subtle. Optional step: add Mod Podge Sparkle over the top for some Halloween bling!
And that's it! Do you see how quick that was? You blinked and I was done. One thing I did notice is that my stems faded a little bit from their original green . . . but the color in the picture is fine too. I think I used OLD tissue paper. But hey, I love who they turned out. I want to make these for my own fall party (that I haven't even started organizing yet).
Want another fun idea with Halloween pumpkins? Walter made these magnets and they are awesome (kids will love them too).