Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Painted Pumpkin with Shelf Liner Stickers

PB and I went to the pumpkin patch this week with his preschool.  It was his first field trip.  They picked pumpkins and have to decorate them at home and bring them to school tomorrow.  He was talking about painting it black, blue and red.  All I was picturing was a really ugly, messy pumpkin.
So I had an idea using some shelf liner.
I cut shapes out and put them on the pumpkin. Make sure you rub the edges really good so the paint doesn't seep under the sticker. PB was saying he wanted it to be a Jack O Lantern but he is 3 and can't paint that on there. So I thought this would be an easy way to get that face on there.  I didn't want his pumpkin to look like his mom did all the work. 
The back looked bare so I cut some eye shapes out.  Since I knew he was going to paint mostly black, I thought this would look cool.

I slapped those stickers on and let him go to town with the acrylic paint.  

It was a mess! I peeled the shelf liner stickers off while the paint was still wet.  I used an X-acto knife to get the stickers off.  Since the paint is acrylic, if you have a little paint leak, you can wait for it to dry and scrape the paint off with an X-acto knife.

Here is the end result! Turned out pretty cool! Definitely a step able a sloppily painted pumpkin :) It almost looks like it is lit up.  

The eyes turned out really cool too. I drew the eyeballs in with a sharpie. I also cut out his name in the shelf liner for him to paint over.  His name is right on there and blends right in.
  He is all ready for show and tell tomorrow!


Unknown said...

This is SO clever!!! Thanks for the idea!!

Shanea said...

What a neat way to decorate a pumpkin! I love it!

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