We had a bunch of paper bags leftover from A and B’s 3rd birthday party in July. We printed on some of them and used them as goody bags. So I have been trying to think up some Halloween Crafts to use up our extra paper bags. I have been on a pumpkin kick as of late, so I thought why not paper bag pumpkins? I did this activity with 3 year olds and an 18 month old and they were all able to put their own unique spin on things.
Paper Bag Pumpkins
You will need:
- Lunch bag sized brown paper bags (though now that I think about it, larger bags would make bigger pumpkins)
- Orange paint and paint brush
- Something to make the face with. We used sticky foam shapes. You could use paint, makers or any number of supplies for your faces.
- Tissue paper or bunched up magazines
- Green ribbon
Start out by having your kids paint the entire bag (except the bottom) orange. Sounds easy right? Wrong. I didn’t really have a great plan for painting the paper bag. I mean the beginning seemed to go smoothly. See for yourself. Look at “A” painting her bag.
So everything was going just peachy and then the girls finished painting the first side of the paper bag. No problem! I will just open up the bag and they can paint the other side. This worked well until A and B no longer wanted to hold the bags since their fingers were getting dirty. So guess who had to hold the bags for 2 girls while they SLOWLY painted? Me. I was lucky that C lost interest in the activity after painting just one side or I would have had to hold her bag too.