You all know how much I like paper plates. We've already made these little guys from some white paper plates. Well, I was so thrilled when I happened upon some glitter paper plate pumpkins at Blissful and Domestic. I put it on my ever-growing to-do list. It shot to the top of the list when I was at Target the other day and spied the orange paper plates. I took it as a sign that this art project needed to get done.
Supplies you will need:
- Orange paper plates
- Glitter and confetti
- Green pipe cleaners
- Plastic cups for glitter
I already had some glitter and confetti that I picked up a while ago at the dollar store. Can you believe all this sparkliness for $1.00? I know!
Since my girls don't have the hand strength to effectively use glue bottles, I sat with the girls and asked them what shape eyes, noses and mouths I should make with the glue on the pumpkins. This was a great way to get them thinking and review their shapes. But any weird shape combos you see were chosen by A and B. I poured some glitter into some recycled apple sauce cups and gave them to the girls along with their plates with the glue faces.
B's rectangle mouth pumpkin waited to be glitterized!
Next, just let them sprinkle the glitter on the glue. My girls had some trouble with this. To a 3 year old "sprinkle" means "pour liberally." Just ask "A."
You will want to have the adult shake off the excess glitter or you will have a whole lot of mess on your hands. You can reuse the glitter you have shaken off once you pour it back into the cup.
B did a very happy pumpkin and she just loved how it sparkled. She enjoyed feeling the glitter as the glue hardened.
My dollar store glitter pack also came with some metallic confetti and I thought it would be a nice way to add a little more bling to our pumpkins. B decided that we should make a scary pumpkin with an "O" shaped mouth. Here she is "sprinkling" on her confetti.
I had some green pipe cleaners and cut them in half to make some stems for the pumpkins.
I added a little curl to these stems but I am not sure if I like them better than the plain stems.
This was a super messy kids activity. We are still finding glitter everywhere. It's like a gentlemen's club exploded in our kitchen. I think this is something we will re-visit as the girls get older and can squeeze their own glue bottle (and clean their own glitter).