Sequin Lava Lamp

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My daughter loves to help with the dishes. Every chance that she gets she jumps up on her safety stool and washes the dishes with me. She was washing a particularly greasy item the other day & was having a hard time getting it clean. We added more soap to her sponge & discussed how oil & water react with one another.

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We have done simple experiments with oil & water before, but I thought this was a great opportunity to do one of our old favorites. Here’s how.

Find an old 20 oz water bottle. Tear off the label & filled the bottle about 3/4 of the way full with vegetable oil & then pour the water almost to the top. Leave enough space so that the mixture won’t overflow once the lava reaction occurs. You will see the separation between the oil & water in the bottle almost immediately.

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Add a few drops of food coloring to the water & then insert sequins. We wanted to make a fall themed lava lamp, so we used fall colors for ours. Once the sequins settle, add a half a tablet of Alka Seltzer to the bottle to stir it all up.

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My daughter was thrilled to watch the sequins dancing around. She added tablet after tablet of Alka Seltzer to our homemade lava lamp.

Homemade Fall sequin lava lamp - science experiments with oil & water for kids, toddlers & preschoolers

Our homemade lava lamps were fun & pretty to watch.

Homemade Fall sequin lava lamp - science experiments with oil & water for kids, toddlers & preschoolers

Fall sequin lava lamp - science experiments with oil & water for kids

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Sunday’s Best Link Up Week 91

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Welcome to Week 91 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. We’re continuing our Boo, Scary Nights theme. Halloween is around the corner. Everyone will be in search of the perfect costume for a night of spooky characters and delicious treats. We’re looking for crafts, recipes, DIY, mantel makeovers, porch decorating tips and more.
We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linky too. They’re great for inspiration.
Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too.
Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Linkup Pinterest Board too!
The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

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Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother ~•~ Kim U. at Pinterested Parent ~•~ Kim M. at Life in a House of Testosterone

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Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected DIY Rustic Wheelbarrow from Chatfield Court

fall decorating ideas

Rhonda selected Marvel Superhero Spider Cookies from Growing Up Gabel

halloween cookie recipe

Kim M. selected Carmel Apple Bars from Hello Nature Blog

apple recipes

The Post with the Most Clicks

Pokémon Birthday Party Invitation from The Scrap Shoppe Blog

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Our Favorite Theme Post(s) – Boo, Scary Nights:

No Curve Pumpkins Ideas from Creating Really Awesome Fun Things

halloween decorating ideas

and

Black Crow Frame Wreath from Oh My Creative

halloween decorating ideas

and

Deviled Spider Eggs from Lets Celebrate Everything

halloween food ideas

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Thumbprint Monsters

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These are so cute & fun to make. Thumbprint or fingerprint monsters. Kid's arts & crafts. Perfect for Halloween.

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We are huge fans of hand, foot & finger printed projects. They are fun to make & some of those sweet little prints make for wonderful keepsakes to save & look back at later.

My daughter is going through a little bit of a monster phase lately. She loves to draw them and make clay sculptures of them, which is funny because she doesn’t like anything scary, but she always makes sure to tell me that they are nice monsters.

Monsters are simple & fun to make and have so many possibilities. We made some adorable & “nice” monsters this week with our thumbprints.

My daughter picked out a few different colors of acrylic paint & we squeezed out just a bit of each onto a paper plate. I explained to my daughter that after she dipped her finger in the paint, she needed to blot off a bit of it before pressing onto the paper. She blotted her fingers & pressed firmly onto a sheet of white paper & then we set the paper aside to dry. Acrylic paint dries rather quickly, so we were able to work with our thumbprints without much wait.

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I drew a couple of starter monsters onto the thumbprints & my daughter quickly grabbed a Sharpie and went on to finish the rest of her thumbprints. I took this photograph of her as she drew, but she insisted that I do not look until the end, so she asked for privacy while she worked on the rest. A true artist never wants to reveal their work until it is finished.

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When she finished her last one, she proudly ran over to me to show me her friendly monsters. They were so cute. She pointed all the differences out to me & told me that she likes her monsters to have tails.

These are so cute & fun to make. Thumbprint or fingerprint monsters. Kid's arts & crafts. Perfect for Halloween.

I made some of my own & thought the tails were a cute option for some of mine as well.

These are so cute & fun to make. Thumbprint or fingerprint monsters. Kid's arts & crafts. Perfect for Halloween.

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We also recreated a thumbprint idea that we made a couple of year’s ago. We used all of our fingers for this one to form spooky Halloween eyes. I showed my daughter how to press both fingers down on the paper at the same time to form the eyes. She alternated fingers to make different sized eyes and since the angles and shapes would vary with each pressing this made for a great variety of eyes.

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When the paint dried, she drew in eye balls and lashes & cracks in the eyes. She got a kick out of the eyes. “Look at how spooky they are, mama.” “They are looking at me.”

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Our spooky eyes were fun & will be a creepy addition to our front window.

These are so cute & fun to make. Thumbprint or fingerprint spooky eyes. Kid's arts & crafts. Perfect for Halloween

These are so cute & fun to make. Thumbprint or fingerprint spooky eyes. Kid's arts & crafts. Perfect for Halloween

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Toilet Paper Tube Scarecrows

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We began a little fall decorating this weekend. We bought a bale of hay to use both for a fun sensory bin for my daughter & to pretty up our front yard for the season.

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We placed our hay in our front yard in anticipation of going to a local farm over the weekend for scarecrow making & pumpkin and gourd picking. I told my daughter that we were going to place scarecrows on our bale of hay. She told me that she wanted to make a girl scarecrow and a mama scarecrow. All of the scarecrow talk had me inspired to start making some scarecrows right now.

Cardboard Tube Scarecrows

What you will need:

Cardboard Tube

Acrylic Paint

Egg Carton Sections

Jumbo Craft Sticks

Foam Sheets

Yarn

Buttons

Markers

Low Temp Glue Gun (Use caution when operating any glue gun.)

 

Directions:

Poke a slit on either end of your cardboard roll about 1/3 of the way down. Make it large enough so that the craft stick can slide through.

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Take the stick back out & paint the stick in whatever color you will want your scarecrow’s shirt to be.  Paint about a 1/4 of the tube in a flesh tone. Then paint half of the remainder in the shirt color & then the other half in the pant color. Let the paint dry.

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Paint an egg carton section in whatever color that you want the hat to be & then cut out a wavy circle. Let the paint dry.

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Glue the egg carton piece to the center of the foam shape.

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Crumple up the foam a little so that it has a more natural hat feel.

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Glue strands of yarn to the ends of the craft stick.

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Glue a few strands of yarn over the top of the flesh toned area on the tube & then glue the hat on.

Glue more strands under the head & then glue on buttons. Draw a face on the scarecrow with magic markers.

The tubes fit perfectly over a couple of fingers to make fun puppets.

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We made a mama scarecrow & a little girl one just as my daughter wanted. She had a ton of fun playing with these. These made a wonderful addition to her already amazing imagination for pretend play.

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Feather Process Art & Painting

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I am certain I have mentioned this before, but owls are my favorite animal. They have been my favorite since I was a little girl. When I was a young artist, they were also my favorite art subject & they still are today.

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I wanted to make an owl craft with my daughter. We had some craft feathers handy & I thought that they would be perfect. They were perfect, but it turns out that they made a perfect paint brush instead of a craft material. I used the feather to press & brush acrylic paint across a piece of watercolor paper. I showed my daughter what I was doing & asked her if she wanted to make one of her own. She did, so she set up shop next to me.

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When the paint dried, I glued on eyes & a beak & my daughter began to work on hers as well.

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She chose her own colors & dipped her feathers into the different colored paints.

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Pressing the feathers onto the paper can get messy on the fingers, but luckily my daughter is no stranger to messes.

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I watched as she formed symmetrical patterns with her feathers. While she worked, she explained “Mama, I don’t want to make an owl. I am going to make a butterfly. Can you see my wings?”

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She asked me to help her cut antennae out of pipe cleaners. She glued on a piece of paper for the head & drew on some eyes.

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Her butterfly was a great idea & it came out adorable.

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Button In A Haystack Sensory Bin

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It has been Legomania in our house as of lately. My daughter is obsessed with building and has completed most of her instructional booklets.
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It can be hard to find the pieces that you need while digging through a bucket of Legos.

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Luckily, We have a wonderful Lego mat that makes it easier to spread out & then pick up in a blink when you are done. This make things easier, but still it can sometimes be impossible to find those tiny pieces. I joke with my daughter often that it is like trying to find a Lego in a haystack.

She, of course, has no idea what I am talking about. I explained the saying to her & it sparked an idea.

I wanted to come up with a fun sensory version of finding a needle in a haystack, but use buttons instead.

I bought a bale of hay for sensory & for decorating. My daughter was skeptical at first looking at the hay, but once I got her to dig into the bale, she discovered that it was indeed going to be fun.

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We used a clear plastic bin & together filled it with hay, acorns & assorted buttons. The buttons sink in as you place them.

We created a scavenger hunt list on a piece of paper. I glued one button in different colors to the paper, with the number of buttons that we needed to find above each & lines to place them on to the right of it.

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We dug through & placed the buttons on the paper as we found them.

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When we found one that wasn’t on our list, we tossed it into another bin. My daughter for some reason thought it was hilarious when she pulled one that wasn’t on the list.

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We dug through until we found all the buttons on our list & then some. When she filled up her sheet, she dumped all the buttons back into the bin & asked if we could start again. So we did.

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Like Finding Buttons in a haystack sensory bin play & scavenger hunt game - great for an autumn, fall or Halloween kid's - counting & color recognition activity.

Like Finding Buttons in a haystack sensory bin play & scavenger hunt game - great for an autumn, fall or Halloween kid's - counting & color recognition activity.

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Sunday’s Best Link-up Week #90

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Welcome to Week 90 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. This is the first week of our Boo, Scary Nights theme. Halloween is around the corner. Everyone will be in search of the perfect costume for a night of spooky characters and delicious treats. We’re looking for crafts, recipes, DIY, mantel makeovers, porch decorating tips and more.
We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linky too. They’re great for inspiration.
Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too.
Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Linkup Pinterest Board too!
The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

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If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

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Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother ~•~ Kim U. at Pinterested Parent ~•~ Kim M. at Life in a House of Testosterone

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Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected Witch Marshmallows from Embellish Mints

Halloween Witch Marshallow Treats

Rhonda selected She Shed Turned Play House from Lolly Jane

Turn a shed into a play house

Kim M. selected The Changing Seasons from Agent 54

How seasons affect us

The Post with the Most Clicks

Fall Doily Leaf Napkin Ring from Oh My Creative

Fall decorating ideas

Our Favorite Theme Post(s): A Season of Colors:

20 Leaf Crafts from There’s Just One Mommy

crafts that use fall leaves

and

Fall Mantel and Painted Pumpkin Crate from Scrap Shoppe Blog

how to paint a pumpkin design crate

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


Egg Carton Stamps

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Nothing quite says fall like all things pumpkin. Everywhere you look, the world is decorated or flavored with pumpkin & I for one love it.
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We already made our first pumpkin pie & will be going to pick some pumpkins week. We even broke out some of our favorite fall books of the season. We recently discovered the book, Too Many Pumpkins It is a wonderful autumn book about a woman who hates pumpkins because it was all that her poor family ate when she was younger. She finds herself with a big problem when a pumpkin fall out of a truck and into her yard & begins to grow a patch. She decides to ignore them, but finds that ends up being harder than she thinks. It is a sweet story with a lovely ending and has become a new favorite of ours.

All those pumpkins inspired us to make too many pumpkins of our own.

We love making paint stamps out of different materials. Also, check out our potato stamped jack-o-lanterns. While painting some egg carton pieces for a project the other day, we discovered that they also make great paint stamps. We made pumpkin stamps out of our egg carton pieces. Here’s how.

You will need:

Egg cartons

Orange acrylic paint

White paper

Brown & green markers

Egg cartons come in different shapes, some round, some more diamond-shaped. We cut a few different shapes of egg carton and tried them out.

My daughter squeezed orange paint out onto a paper plate. I spread the paint out across it to make for easier stamping.

We simply dipped the egg cartons into the paint & then pressed them firmly onto a piece of paper. Just like with any stamping project, if you do not press firmly, the stamp will not show up. Our first egg cartons, we cut so they were nice and evenly cut, but we learned that they  are easier to use if you leave the spiky part attached.

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We tried both round and diamond-shaped egg carton pieces. The round looked more authentic, but did not stamp as nicely. When we were done stamping we used our markers to draw in the stems & vines to finish off our cute little pumpkins.

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egg carton pumpkin printing stamps - fall autumn halloween arts and crafts paint projects for kids

These were so simple & made an adorable pumpkin patch.

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Check out some of these wonderful pumpkin themed books as a companion to your craft.

 

 

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Halloween Yarn Wrap Activity

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Yarn is a favorite craft & play material in our house.

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My daughter loves yarn. She will sometimes unravel it & drag it through our house and wrap it around chairs, tables and other furniture. She wraps it around sticks, markers & anything else that she can get her hands on, so it is probably no surprise that yarn wrapped crafts are a favorite activity of ours.

Check out some of our past yarn crafts & activities:

Yarn Dolls

Yarn Wrapped Hearts

Yarn Wrapped Canvas Art

Yarn Wrapped Bumble Bee

My daughter has fallen in love with all things Egyptian after watching a documentary a couple of months back, so a mummy craft seemed like a perfect idea. I cut out a simple cardboard man to wrap for our mummy & then couldn’t stop there, so we cut out a bat & a pumpkin as well.

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I cut little notches around each shape for easier wrapping. We painted the bat & pumpkin and set them aside to dry. We left the mummy unpainted. My daughter glued on the googly eyes and grabbed the cardboard shape and some yarn & settled into the couch and started wrapping.

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She sat comfortably & worked her yarn around the mummy shape, all while discussing some of her mummy knowledge with me. She concentrated on her wrapping, being very careful to keep his eyes uncovered so that her mummy could see.

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After the paint dried, we wrapped our other friends too. After the shapes were all wrapped, she enjoyed playing with them too. It turns out that the mummy and the bat are really good friends.

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Corrugated Cardboard Printmaking

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Every Wednesday I take my daughter to the library. Our local library offers wonderful story times, yoga for kids and Lego workshops. corrugated cardboard printing with a pumpkin for fall autumn or halloween arts crafts kids activities and painting

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We go to take advantage of these great offerings and also to trade out our books & search for new and exciting reads for our week. On our way to the children’s section, I saw a book that caught my eye, ‘Art Lab For Kids’. I started flipping through and was excited at what I saw.

The book has a lot of fantastic ideas for drawing, painting, mixed media art & print making.  There was a chapter on printmaking and I saw an interesting idea using cardboard. Since we have a ton of cardboard, this seemed like a perfect idea. This project was inspired by this idea.

We deviated from the directions a bit & just worked with items that we had readily available.

What you will need:

Cardboard

Acrylic Paint

Small Paint Roller

Glue

White Paper

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We cut the cardboard into random shapes & peeled away layers of the cardboard in spots to reveal the ridges beneath the cardboard.

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We glued the shapes onto another piece of rigid cardboard.

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We squeezed paint onto a paper plate & then rolled the roller into the paint and then pressed the cardboard onto a piece of white paper. My daughter loves painting with a paint roller, so I new this would be fun for her. We tried it with all black & we tried it with color. The color looked nice, but quickly turned to muddy colors from the mixing, so for multiple prints one solid color is recommended.

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Once the shapes are covered, press your cardboard onto a piece of paper, making sure to press firmly all around.

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Peel off your cardboard carefully to reveal your print.

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Since the fall is nearing, we used this idea to make print pumpkins as well.  We used the same technique as above.

We drew out the pumpkin’s shape & then cut it out. We peeled all of the top layer off of the cardboard to make ridges throughout the whole pumpkin & then glued it to another piece of cardboard. We used solid orange paint on the pumpkins and pressed them onto a piece of paper.

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Try doing this in different fall colors & stamping side by side for a cute piece of autumn pop art. This is a fun one to experiment. Try different shapes or peel more or less paper to create different print templates.

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