Sunday, September 23, 2012

Dress Up Jack-O-Lanterns

I'm not afraid to tell you that I had an absolute blast doing this with my kids today. Seriously. Fun. Times. I cut out the pumpkin and something in me- something deep, deep in my soul that I often repress in favor of being a grown up- was freed, and I spent the better part of the afternoon with one or another of my children cutting out felt pieces and making hilarious faces on an unsuspecting felt pumpkin.

Now who doesn't want to giggle away an afternoon doing that, I ask?

The process was simple. I got down my felt board, which is nothing more than some black felt covering an old cork board. (I hang it on a wall in my schoolroom for easy storage, with either a poster over it or some themed felt cut outs.)
 Next, I cut a simple pumpkin shape from orange felt. I swear to you, the rest just fell into place. My son woke up from a nap just at about this point, so he happily joined in the cutting and decorating himself. He made several hats, wigs, and even a bridal veil, all the while putting in requests for me to make specific items as well (that's where the vampire teeth inspiration came from). No templates were used, no pictures to inspire- just pure, silly, creativity. By the time the girls were up, we had quite a selection of odds and ends to play with.

The next step was simply to play! We had such fun- and such laughs- making our jack-o-lantern look silly. Best of all, storage is a cinch and this game can be used again, and again, and again. I'm thinking about re-using some of the parts for a themed snowman or flower later this year...

What creative ideas can your family come up with?

I'm linked up!


  1. This is so super cute! We did something similar last year!

    1. No kidding? I missed that one... and I thought I had seen/tried ALL of your craft posts! :)

  2. Ha! Very, very cute. It looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing at AfterSchool.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing at the Afterschool Linky. This is such a fun activity and could leave to even more learning at home with story writing once you've created your character.



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