Being that today is Halloween I will share the last of our Halloween crafts with you all. It’s not too late to get in one more before the season is over. I have seen this idea in various magazines and websites so it’s impossible to give credit, but suffice it to say it was not my idea. This is however, my spin on Soda Bottle Pumpkins. For more Halloween fun check out this Fizzing Pumpkins Halloween Activity.
Soda Bottle Pumpkins
Supplies you will need:
- Empty, clean 2 liter bottles
- Orange tempera paint or red and yellow paint
- Paper cutouts for faces
- Green pipe cleaners
You might recall that I am a big fan of recycled bottles. A while back we made bottle print flowers. These soda bottle pumpkins craft also uses recycled bottles, so go out to the recycling bin, grab some 2 liter bottles and clean them out. We don’t have orange paint since I just make whatever shade I need using yellow and red. Squirt a small amount of paint into the bottle and add a little bit of water. You will be adding less water than paint. I just eyeballed this. If you pour too much water, the paint will be too runny and will not stick to the sides of the bottle. If you use to little water, then the paint will be too thick and will not swirl around the bottle. I did a test bottle first and got a feel for what a good paint/water ratio was.
Make sure the cap is on tight and give the bottle to your kid to shake, shake, shake. With my bottles the shaking served two purposes: it mixed the yellow and red paint to make orange, and it painted the inside of the bottle.
Here is “A” dressed in her Ariel costume, crown and all, mixing her colors. She was amazed that the more she shook the bottle the more the colors changed.
B shakes it up.
Little C shaking with all her might.
After all that shaking our bottles turned a pretty shade of orange and were starting to look more like pumpkins. But they still needed some faces. I sat with each of the girls and they told me what kind of face they wanted on their pumpkin. I made the faces, cut them out, put some tape on the back and let the girls decorate. B sticks a nose on. I love how she sticks out her tongue when she is concentrating.
“A” adds a mouth to the soda bottle pumpkins.
When they were done we added some green pipe cleaner stems. Here are our soda bottle pumpkins in all their glory.
Remember I mentioned that I did a test bottle to see how much paint and water to use? I actually did it with some black paint. Here is my ghost.
We put our soda bottle pumpkins out on the front porch to greet our trick or treaters. Happy Halloween to you and your little ghosts and goblins!
If you are looking for more fun ways to engage your kids, I highly recommend KiwiCo. As a former teacher, I was really impressed with the quality of materials found in KiwiCo. Some moms have told me that they want to do activities like I do on Mess For Less with their kids, but they just don’t have to the time to go buy all the supplies and prepare them for the activity. KiwiCo is the perfect solution. Every month your KiwiCo will focus on a particular theme like Colors, Dinosaurs or Gardening. KiwiCo offer a variety of projects ranging from crafts, imaginative play, science experiments and more.
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