While I was out for a walk with Ben last week, I started to think of ways we could make some easy Halloween decorations. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Halloween (and autumn too) is usually a pumpkin of sorts. I'm not really sure why I thought of using the brown bag, but it worked pretty well. It's toddler friendly (with a little assistance) and completely created with items you can probably find at home.
- brown paper bag
- tissue paper - orange, yellow and green
- raffia or ribbon
- crayons or markers
- glue stick
- Draw the face for your jack-o-lantern on the paper bag using crayons or markers.
- Cut out the shapes with scissors. (I did this step for Ben.)
- Tear small pieces of tissue paper and glue them to the paper with the glue stick. Try to not cover the face of your jack-o-lantern.
(I thought this would be a hit because Ben loves to shred paper,
but on this day he was occupied with the glue stick.)
Use as much tissue paper as you like.
- Then we put some rocks in a plastic bag and placed them in the bottom of the paper bag. Just to provide some weight so it doesn't tip over.
- Scrunch and crumple the yellow tissue paper and place it in the bag.
Now you are ready to tie the top...
- Cut around the top of the bag. I found it worked best to cut down vertically around the top several inches of the paper bag - making it easier to tie the top, and have the green tissue stay put and be more noticeable.
- Scrunch and roll some of the green tissue paper, place it in the top of the brown paper bag.
- Last step - securely tie the top of the pumpkin with raffia or ribbon to create the stem.
In my mind, Ben and I were going to make a bunch of these in various sizes and with different faces, but we were lucky to finish one. :) That's my excuse for not having a few more pictures of some of the steps.