Paper Plate Pumpkin Patch


We are really starting to get into the Halloween spirit here!  After our first attempt at Halloween art using cookie cutters, we were ready for more.  I have a simple Halloween craft for you today.  You have already heard me rave about the versatility of  cookie cutters, food coloring, and straws.  Well, lets talk about paper plates.  In the past I used paper plates when I ran out of clean dishes.  A normal person would just wash the dishes, right?  Well, not me.  I would resort to paper plates and when those ran out I would beg my husband to wash the dishes wash the dishes.  But I am trying to me more environmentally friendly these days, so I have a stack of paper plates that are no longer being used.  If you have some paper plates too, go grab them along with some orange paint, a brush, and black and green construction paper and meet me back here.

Wow, you're fast.  You might want to put your kid in a smock too.  I mean what kind of mom would let their kid do a paint project without a smock?  Oh yeah, this one.

To be fair, we only have two smocks.  We never got a 3rd after little C arrived.  If one of the twins is wearing a smock, the other one needs to also or a big fight will ensue.  So I figured we were better off having C in the smock since she had the greatest chance of getting messy.  See?  Look how clean she looks?

Pretty simple directions on this one - paint the paper plate orange.  It doesn't matter what side of the plate you paint.  I had the kids paint the part you eat of off and just pushed the edges out when it dried for a cute plump pumpkin look.  I was very impressed with how "A" took her time to make sure she painted the entire plate. Oh and notice the orange paint on A's smockless self.  *sigh*  

I cut some eyes, noses and mouths out of black construction paper.  If you have older kids this would be a fun step for them to do themselves.  

I thought I was going to have to wait for the plates to dry before we could glue on the faces, but I got this crazy idea that maybe we can just put the pieces on the wet paint. Sure enough they stuck with no glue.  

Once the plates did dry I cut some stems out from the green construction paper and taped them on the back of the plate.  All that's left is to hang and admire your new pumpkin patch!

Can you guess which pumpkin was made by Little C?  

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  1. What a cute pumpkin patch! And I had to laugh because I immediately noticed the paint on C's shirt when I saw the picture (before reading underneath it) and I really did let out a sigh on your behalf. hahaha! Such a fun activity!

  2. Adorable! I love how each one shows the child's individuality and creativity in its own way! :-)

    Great idea!

    Many blessings,

  3. Hey Vicky, thanks for following Artsy Ants blog, this way I found yours! I love the many projects you come up with. Great inspiration and fun to look at. Will keep coming back to see what else you come up with :)

  4. Hi Vicky, looks like you all had lots of fun with the paint here, it's lovely to see your little one's work of art displayed with the others.

    Thanks for popping by Create with Your Hands and sharing our Cinderella pumpkin lantern on your Mess for less facebook page - feel honoured!


  5. Those pumpkins are very cute! We made a wall of pumpkins by cutting pumpkin shapes out of construction paper and letting the kids decorate them:

  6. That is a great window for window markers! OOOOOOO!

    I love the trays. Everything I did with my kids when they were smaller involved trays - even play-do!

  7. I love this! Can't wait to try it with my little monsters!

  8. These are super cute! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Oh these are adorable!!! Awesome craft! Thanks for stopping by and saying hi! I'm already a follower of your beautiful blog here. I love your ideas! :)

    Mandi at BBM

  10. I would love it if you would link up some of your great ideas on my new Monstrously Creative link party! I'm featuring some great ideas this week, and yours could be next! Come join the party!
    Mandi at BBM

  11. what a fun project for your girls, luv it!

    enjoy *~*

  12. we always make these - so easy & fun & I can't wait to have the girls make their own face pieces this year! Love little C's pumpkin!!!

    Stop by & share on the sunday showcase - we are open!


  13. @ Athena, You know C thought there was nothing wrong with that face. :-)
    @ Rachel, Luckily all the paint came out, but I really need to buy another smock.
    @ Lisa, you are so sweet! Thanks!
    @ Simona, thanks, I was happy to find you as well.
    @ Ellie, we are BIG Disney fans so I LOVED your pumpkin!
    @ an Alaskan Mom, I am obsessed with trays for kids art.
    @ Jamie, I am sure they will love it. Kids love messes. :-)
    @ Ally, thanks for coming by!
    @ Mandi, I will be sure to link up. Thanks for the invite.
    @Teresa, easy and fun, my kind of project.
    @ Bern, I love linking up at the Sunday Showcase and will head there soon!

  14. SO cute! Looks like you all had a great time :)

    Thanks for your comments and for following my blog! I'm your newest follower!

  15. Emily, glad to have you here. Welcome!