Thursday, November 6, 2014

Decorating for School - Story Book Character Pumpkins #PumpkinDecorating #FallCrafts #StorybookCrafts

My daughter H was extremely excited that her school's Library was having a pumpkin decorating contest. The theme was that the pumpkin needed to be a character from a children's story book!

We had many ideas from Pete the Cat to Curious George but we actually decided on her brother's favorite book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom". I personally had a feeling there would be many of the popular favorites and we wanted to do something classic yet unique!

Here's how to make a "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" themed pumpkin!
Be sure to share this on Pinterest, because I noticed there aren't many Chicka Chicka pumpkins but there are tons of fun crafts/activities you can make with the Coconut Tree and Alphabet letters that make learning fun!


Pumpkin (preferably medium to large sized)

Gold or Brown Crafting spray paint  - Krylon Short Cuts Gold is what I used
Green Posterboard to draw the coconut tree leaves
Foam letter stickers for the letters
Brown sheet of foam to cut out coconuts
Hot glue gun
Pencil for sketching your leaves
Newspaper to sit pumpkin on when spray painting or a large trash bag


The day before wash your pumpkin with warm water and pat dry with a rag or
 paper towels. 
Once the pumpkin is fully dry, you can spray your paint your pumpkin. I would advise setting your pumpkin on newspaper or a large trash bag outside due to ventilation and fumes from the spray paint. I applied just one coat to my pumpkin but if you feel you would need to spray again make sure the first coat is dry.

I let my pumpkin fully dry overnight just to be safe. The next day I sketched my coconut tree leaves on green posterboard. I bought some at the local Dollar Tree. I looked online for a few pattern ideas , sketching your own leaves is pretty simple and you will have an idea of how large to make them by the size of your pumpkin.

We used foam sticker letters for the alphabet, I picked up a bag at my local Wal-Mart, but these are at any craft store as well along with the brown foam sheet to make my coconuts. 

First I assembled my leaves and hot glued them to the top of the pumpkin, last I added the 3 coconuts. Now comes the letters, they are peel and stick foam stickers but I hot glued them just to be sure they stayed on the pumpkin!

Our finished project, the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Pumpkin!
This was a really fun project, my daughter had fun helping pick out the letters and even cutting out the tree leaves. I would advise an adult using the hot glue gun.

 Did your child's school have a Storybook 
Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest?

If so what character did you choose? I'd love to hear about it in the comments and if you wrote it about it to be sure to share your blog post! 

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