Either way, having a small person in my life has given me reason to really indulge in the fun & silliness of it all - at 6 months I may have dressed Dylan as a pumpkin for my own amusement, but I'm pretty sure he enjoyed it too.
This year, at two and a half, little legs is a bit more aware of what's happening - he's picked his own costume (a skay-ton - that's skeleton to you and me), he can say pumpkin and is very much looking forward to going out to 'tick or tee!'. So, I decided this year we should indulge in some creepy crafting too.
And, as I keep thinking about trying my hand at tutorials here on the blog, I've decided to kill to birds with one stone. Without further a do, here is how we made a Halloween Pumpkin Garland!
You Will Need: A humble potato, a sharp knife, some paint (yellow + red = orange!), paper, and something to stick all your pumpkins together with (we used ribbon & sticky tape as you'll see later, but I forgot to put them in the photo - can you tell this is my first tutorial?!)
Cut the potato in half, and using the tip of the knife (carefully! clearly, this part is not a job for toddlers!), cut out a spooky pumpkin face. I found it easiest to do an outline, then used a cocktail stick to 'pick out' the insides - you want to take out reasonable deep chunks - at least half a centimetre.
Don't forget to use the other half of the potato too - experiment with different faces!
Keep adding your pumpkins in whatever order you (by which I mean your toddler) likes, until your ribbon/string is full.
So there we go, my first tutorial - what did you think? If you make a garland of your own, I'd love to see it - or are you making another spooky craft?
Oh, and incase you're wondering - that up there, is Dylan's scary face. Don't have nightmares!