Have you heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project? I first heard about it last year. I loved the idea, but by the time I had read about it, we were already ready for Halloween Night. So I told myself I’d participate next year.
I had no idea the Teal Pumpkin Project would end up being personal for me. Since L is allergic to peanuts and coconuts and we’ve been told to avoid tree nuts, he can’t have the majority of the candy on the market. At this point, I think he’d be okay with the candy that carry the warning “may contain” or “has been processed,” I still try to avoid having those items in my house as much as possible. While we don’t know exactly what kind of reaction L has to these allergens, we were given the Auvi-Q for an emergency. I don’t ever want to use that thing.
I scoured the Halloween candy aisle at the grocery store a few weeks ago and was crying by the time I left. Out of all the candy, L could have Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Pops, and lollipops. Definitely not my favorites. While G could eat whatever he wants from his candy stash, L won’t and the unfairness of it makes me sad.
Up until that point, I was considering buying both candy and non-food items for trick-or-treaters, but I left the store determined to buy only non-food items this year. (A plus to this is not having the temptation of eating whatever is leftover like I usually do.) Thankfully stores are starting to sell non-food goodies for trick-or-treaters, so it wasn’t hard to find things to give to kids this year.
Crafting pumpkins, on the other hand, were on higher demand this year than I’d noticed in years past. I didn’t want to paint a fresh pumpkin; I actually wanted to keep my teal pumpkin so we could use it on future Halloweens, so I decided to get the craft pumpkins you see in craft stores. With them making room for Christmas, I found the pumpkins between 50-60% off.
Since I can’t do things the easy way, I decided to get three pumpkins and make a statue. I was going to write a post on the ins and outs of creating it, but Life, and it wasn’t as easy as I hoped it would be. So here’s a shortened version of what I did:
I was surprised to find that those cheap-ish pumpkin carving tools were the best for carving these craft pumpkins. After I cut out the faces, I cut a hole in the back of the bottom pumpkin so I could feed string lights through it. I also cut out the stem of the bottom and middle pumpkins and the bottom of the top one.
I don’t know if anyone else has found this to be true, or if it was just the pumpkins I bought, but the orange ones were tough to carve. That bottom one was downright HARD. In some places it was like I was trying to cut a rock. The chalkboard one (the black one) was extremely soft though.
Gluing them together was tricky, but it was my own fault. I really didn’t take the time to cut the tops and bottoms so the pumpkins would fit together with little gaps. My advice is to take the time so gluing them together will be a breeze. Originally, I tried using a glue gun but the one I had was cheap and wasn’t working. I decided to try Gorilla Glue since it holds things together really nicely and wasn’t disappointed.
When the glue was dry I went outside with my spray paint and painted my creation.
I keep looking at it now that it’s painted and I really want bling it out and glue jewels to it. But that might be a project for next year.