Using some of the examples posted on Pinterest (e.g.: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/573223858804166326/) I went to my local craft store and found some latex transfers. This was such an easy project! I was able to simply rub the transfers onto the pumpkins. No cutting, no worrying about our toddlers poking their fingers into them and/or cutting their fingers. They loved rubbing the paper and seeing the magic of the images come off on the pumpkins.
Great option for parents with small children! We live in an area where pumpkin patches are everywhere and so inexpensive. Our little guys picked out their own pumpkins and decorated them when we got home. No mess – no fuss!
$10.00 Latex Harvest Blessings transfer
$ 5.00 Latex pumpkin face transfer
$ 8.00 Latex Boo Transfer
$ 2.00 Latex spider transfer
Inspired by the canvas print I saw on Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/351912451841921/ – I thought I would TRY and see if my little 21 month old would let me do this on a plate … it took a few attempts, but eventually it worked. It helped to have family and friends with me to take her afterwards.
I walked my daughter through the process … she was VERY good at letting me paint her foot and press it against the plate, but then she wanted to curl her toes … that was the challenge. Touching it up was the trick. It turned into a rush job – as she started to melt down … note to parents who try this, don’t do this around nap time. Thanks to family / friends was able to knock this out quickly.
$25.00 pottery plate
$0.00 pottery place provided all paint/brush supplies and cost for firing plate.
Inspired by the Easter footprint example on Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/44613852531120415/, my family and I visited a paint your own pottery place and tried to replicate the concept.
With the help of my son, I was able to walk him through what we were going to do – and what we were going to make. He’s 3.5 yrs old now – and has a better understanding what’s involved in the process now. There for awhile we had to take a break from taking prints – as he didn’t really understand what was going on – now he’s into it!
So it was helpful to have baby wipes on hand and family/friends to help. I explained that the paint would feel cold and damp, but we are going to make a carrot and bunny out of his footprints and he was very excited. It took 5 minutes to do both foot prints – and he was very good to be very still when we did them. A week later when we picked up the plate – we were really happy with the results!
$35.00 pottery plate
$0 pottery place provided all paint/brush supplies and cost for firing plate.