I am so excited to make my Glittered Polka Dot Teal Pumpkin this year! I heard about it last Halloween, but we didn’t really decorate or have trick-or-treaters. This year, though, we’re in a neighborhood full of kiddos and I’m betting some of them have food allergies.
While none of my own children have to deal with life-threatening food allergies, I have known plenty of friends with children who do. I can imagine Halloween presents quite a challenge for them! Their children want to dress up and trick-or-treat, too. So why not grab some fun, non-food treats to hand out to these sweet kids? Read below to see some suggestions on what you can get. I found mine at Dollar Tree and Target’s Bullseye’s Playground.
Click the link to find out more information about the Teal Pumpkin Project.
I wanted my Teal Pumpkin to be fun, glittery, and whimsical so I decided to go with glittered polka dots in different sizes and sparkly ruffled ribbon. I know, it’s super girly, but when you live in a house full of boys, you have to go for girly when you can!
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Glittered Polka Dot Teal Pumpkin
- Pumpkin (Real or Craft)
- Teal Acrylic Paint
- Teal Acrylic Glitter Paint
- Paint Brush
- Glittered, Teal Ribbon
- 3-Piece Foam Stipple Set
- 18 Gauge Floral Wire (Plus Wire Cutters)
Step 1: Lay down some paper or plastic to protect your surface. Paint the pumpkin teal. It will take a couple of coats to block out the original color. I used three coats for my white pumpkin, but a black one would probably be fine with only two.
TIP: Sit the pumpkin up on something plastic to dry between coats so it doesn’t stick to the paper.
Step 2: Once the teal paint is completely dry, use all three sizes of foam stipplers to dot the teal glitter paint randomly, all over the pumpkin. Do this for two coats. You’ll be tempted to stop after just one. You’ll think, “oh, this looks great!” Two coats look much better. Remember: you can’t have too much glitter!
Step 3: Use your wire cutters to cut 14, two-inch pieces of 18-gauge floral wire.
TIP: If you don’t have floral wire, you can use large metal paper clips. If you don’t have wire cutters, look in your toolbox–needle-nose pliers usually have a wire cutter in their base.
Step 4: Bend all the two-inch wire piece into U shapes.
Step 5: Fold over the end of your ribbon.
Step 6: Place the end of the ribbon on the top of the pumpkin and press the U wire into the end, all the way into the pumpkin.
Step 7: Loop about five to six inches of the ribbon and pin again, about an inch away. Continue this around the top of the pumpkin to form a circle. Don’t worry about the loops or humps being the same size. You want them to be different sizes like with the polka dots for that whimsical look.
That’s it! With this Glittered Polka Dot Teal Pumpkin project, you can use your imagination and creativity to try different options like stripes or chevrons, whatever strikes your fancy.
These are the non-food treats I’m handing out for Halloween: Jack ‘o’ lantern straws, brightly colored vampire fangs, plus tons of glow bracelets (not pictured).
Here are some suggested non-food treats you could get:
If you’d like to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project, but really don’t want to make one, no problem! Simply print out this FREE Printable Flyer and stick it to your front door to let families know you have non-food treats to hand out.