As we do every fall, we took our traditional family field trip to our favorite pumpkin farm, Bengtson’s. We each pick out a pumpkin to take home and decorate. Sometimes we know exactly what we want to do before we get our pumpkins, but sometimes inspiration hits afterwards. So far each year, Suraya has known exactly what she wanted to do before we take our trip to the pumpkin farm. I must say, that girl is the reigning champ in the most creative pumpkin decorating at the OTI home.
In 2011 (age 7), she covered her pumpkin in buttons.
In 2012 (age 8), she covered it with comic pages.
And now in 2013 (age 9), she introduces you to her Caramel Apple pumpkin!
All of these ideas are hers… no assistance from me or anyone else. Impressive, don’t you think? Each year she continues to impress me more and more!
My only contribution to her caramel apple pumpkin was the use of caulk to add dimension. Suraya had asked me for my advice on what to use for the caramel because she felt that it wouldn’t look realistic just painting the “caramel” directly onto the pumpkin… she knew she needed dimension. Smart girl, don’t ya think? That’s when I introduced her to caulk. I have crafted with caulk before. It’s an easy medium to work with.
Suraya was more than happy to share how she made her caramel apple pumpkin with all of you, so she helped me put together a step by step tutorial.
First, here are the supplies you will need: pumpkin, paint (red or apple green and caramel color; we used acrylic paint), caulk, putty knife, paint brushes. Optional supplies: nuts and glue.
Gather your supplies, and let’s make some caramel apples! ;)
Step 1. Paint the pumpkin red or green. Allow it to dry completely. About 10 minutes.
Step 2. Apply the caulk with a caulk gun. Spread and smooth out the caulk with a putty knife. Allow the caulk to dry completely. About a couple of hours.
Step 3. Paint your caulk with caramel colored paint. Allow to dry completely. About 10 minutes.
Step 4. (optional) With a hot glue gun, glue on the nuts.
There you have it… a Caramel Apple pumpkin. Awesome job Suraya!
As for my pumpkin and Susu’s…
I painted my pumpkin with chalkboard paint. I knew I wanted to do a chalkboard painted pumpkin but couldn’t settle on an idea to go along with it. However Suraya helped me with that… and so did Thistlewood Farms! I love love KariAnn’s blog and the ideas she shares. About a couple weeks ago she shared her chalkboard word search pumpkin. I fell in love with her pumpkins, and I knew Suraya would love the creative idea as well. I had told Suraya about the pumpkins but I forgot to show them to her. Suraya didn’t though… and one day she asked me if she can see the “Tic Tac Toe” pumpkin. My instant reaction was what is this child talking about, but then realized she was referring to the word search pumpkin. Silly yet brilliant little girl! I loved her accidental idea of a “Tic Tac Toe” pumpkin and decided that’s what I’ll do!
A Thistlewood Farms inspired pumpkin… but even if accidental, it still counts as an idea so I have to give the credit for creativity to Suraya!
Recently Susu has had melted crayons on the mind, and has been crafting with them. So it was kind of the obvious choice for her pumpkin. Melting crayons on a pumpkin may have been done already, but Susu wasn’t aware of that when she thought of it… so she definitely deserves a credit for creativity too. I sure do have two innovative gals living with me!
For Susu’s pumpkin, she first spray painted her pumpkin white, and once the paint was dry, she melted the crayons and allowed them to drip. I love how some of the ends of the drips protrude rather lay flat. It adds dimension. Also, Susu did an excellent job allowing the colors to be defined rather blend together. Job well done!
In the OTI home, we love decorating pumpkins. It’s one of our favorite fall time family crafts that we do together.
In case you missed our previous years’ pumpkins, you can check them out HERE.
I hope you enjoyed our pumpkins for this fall!
Are you a pumpkin decorator? Are you a carver or do you get all crafty with your pumpkins? I’d love to hear from you so type away!