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No Carving Pumpkin Family


Pumpkin Family

Pumpkin Family

No Carving Pumpkin Family!

This is the first year my daughter has had a huge opinion about pumpkin decorating, and she wanted to do a family out of miniature pumpkins. She picked them out at the pumpkin stand (75 cents each- penny pincher insert 🙂 ), and was super excited to morph them into a pumpkin family to set out on our porch. I did not want to attempt carving pumpkins with two little ones. She wanted a happy family, not a spooky Halloween one, so I was thinking bright & cheerful things she could actually help with. So, I went to the Dollar Tree and got a few items I thought would work for decorating and for crafts later on, stretching my dollars further. We probably used less than $1.00 worth of supplies, so these pumpkins cost less than $1.00 apiece to make. Score!! 🙂
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Read on to find out how to make your own pumpkin family without carving.

We used: Craft Pom Poms like these Pepperell Assorted Pom Poms, Hot Colors, 300 Per Package, Sparkly Pipe Cleaners like these Tinsel Stems 6mm 12″ 25/Pkg-Multi, Googly Eyes like these  Watch them wiggle eyes, Black(500 PIECES) – BULK , paint and glue.

I was too busy creating our cute little pumpkin family with my four year old to take step-by-step photos. I let her pick what she wanted on each one and how she wanted it. She helped as much as she could with actually doing it, like sticking on the glued pom poms for hair & noses, helping paint the eyebrows, eyelashes and mouths, and sticking on the eyes.

Sister & Brother Pumpkin

Sister & Brother Pumpkin

We just made cute pumpkins without a knife!!

Above are the first two we made- the little girl and little brother. My little girl wanted her girl pumpkin to have curls like her, so I made her hair into curls by twisting each pipe cleaner around a pencil and sliding it off.

Below are the mommy and daddy, which we did last. I just curled the very bottom of the mommy’s hair, since she wanted it to be pretty much straight and long like her own mommy’s. She chose all of the colors for everything herself. 🙂

Mommy & Daddy Pumpkin

Mommy & Daddy Pumpkin

Did anyone else decorate pumpkins this fall? Any other parents squeamish about knives, carving and small crazy people? 🙂

For a fun story time activity this fall and Halloween, try The Teeny Tiny Ghost and the Monster!

22 thoughts on “No Carving Pumpkin Family

  1. Too cute!! I love it!!:))


  2. Those turned out super cute! I usually just let my kids paint the pumpkins. I actually carved my first pumpkin ever last weekend!


  3. Reblogged this on Penny Pinching Peach and commented:

    This is a craft post I did at this time last year when I did no carve pumpkins with my daughter. I thought it was a good time to share it again! 🙂


  4. Very cute! I have used foam sticker kits before, paint and markers. However, I like the idea of using pom poms. Wiggly eyes are always a favorite.


  5. Very good idea! Samuel is certainly too young to do the whole knife thing, so I might just have to buy some pom poms! Thanks 🙂


  6. Such a cute idea! I will definitely have to try this with Hazel 🙂


  7. We had all intentions of carving a pumpkin together but once I got the top off and my 2 year old girl saw and smelled what was inside, she was done. Didn’t want anything to do with “that stinky puNkin.” There wasn’t anything wrong with it – she just didn’t like the sight/smell so I continued on myself when the hubs got home from work 🙂


  8. What a wonderful craft. Carving pumpkins is difficult with little ones, but this is something we can all enjoy!


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