Ahh, do you smell it? You know the smell I’m referring to. The smell of FALL! The air is crisp, and there’s hints of pumpkin, cinnamon and apple everywhere! Although the temperatures are dropping to numbers I’m not particularly fond of, I do consider fall my favorite season. Bar. None.
One of the reasons why I adore fall so much is because it’s the beginning of the holiday season trifecta – Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! For us here at City Girls and Country Pearls, that means crafting to our heart’s content! I have my plastic craft dresser prepped, organized and ready to rock ‘n roll!
I saw this knuckle pumpkin tutorial video on I Heart Crafty Things‘ Facebook, and I thought it was stinkin’ CUTE! We wanted to give it a try, and I think it turned out pretty stinkin’ cute too! My only regret is that I wish I would have used a thin canvas instead of white construction paper. But, hey! If it makes the kids happy, we couldn’t painted the knuckle pumpkins on newspaper or toilet paper for all I care. 😛
Here’s what you’ll need:
- White canvas panel – You can get a pack of 12 for just $10.95 through Amazon! You can also use white construction paper.
- Orange, brown, green and blue watercolor paints – Only have acrylic on hand? No worries! In a small container, pour 1-2 drops of paint and dilute it with about half a cup of water. This is what I had to do until I get my hands on watercolors!
- Orange glitter glue
- Foam paint brush
- Kids paint brush
Step 1: Paint your grass with green water color paint. You can give it a curved shape like Bella did, or you could paint it horizontal.
Step 2: Now paint your pretty blue sky. You can paint it darker, as if it were evening. Or you could make the sky lighter for mornings.
Step 3: Paint those knuckles with orange paint. Coat it on, making sure any wrinkles or crevices get painted over too.
Step 4: Take your painted knuckles and press down onto the paper where you would like your pumpkin to be. Keep it pressed for about 5-10 seconds. Rock back and forth to give it a more pumpkin shape.
As you can see above, the top row is Bella’s, and they’re perfectly pumpkin-shaped. The bottom row is Juliana’s. Since she’s just a baby, we weren’t able to get her to press down for long, let alone rock her knuckles. Hers still turned out pretty cute. Even the one on the far right where she dragged one of her knuckles down the paper LOL!
This was a great opportunity to teach Bella just like pumpkins, people come in different shapes and sizes too. Even the seemingly ugliest pumpkin is beautiful in it’s own way. We treat people with kindness and respect, regardless of their appearance. This is one value I firmly instill in my children, and one I do not sway on. It’s vitally important to constantly remind children the power of kindness, especially in today’s world.
Step 5: Using brown paint, draw on the stem on top of each pumpkin. Next, use green paint to draw on the swirly vine, connecting stem to stem.
The scene is starting to come to life! The pumpkins are looking more…pumpkin-y. Like they belong right in the pumpkin patch!
Step 6: Using orange glitter glue, draw on the crevices of the pumpkin. Don’t make fun of me, but my glitter glue dried up! I knew it was old, but it wouldn’t even budge. No fear! I used the ol’ glitter and glue trick. If you don’t have glitter glue, but have orange glitter on deck, just draw the crevices with glue and sprinkle on the glitter. Shake off the glitter onto your work station or back into your glitter container. Waste not! ;P
Now all you have to do is sign and date your masterpiece and voila!! Kids LOVE making this, and I just think it’s the cutest thing ever.
Interested in more Halloween posts? Well, I’m your gal!