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Jack-O-Lantern Magazine Collage

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Magazine collages are a fun way to repurpose your old magazines.

Magazine collages were a favorite activity of mine when I was a young girl. They are easy and fun to make and the end results are just so cool. If you have a bunch of old magazines sitting around, these jack-o-lantern magazine collages are a creative way to make use of them before tossing them into the recycling bin. Jack-o-lantern magazine collage with two different printable pumpkin templates. Fall and Halloween arts and crafts for kidsDraw out a pumpkin shape or use our one of our printable templates. We have included a tall and a short pumpkin template for your convenience.

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Stained Glass Jack-O-Lantern

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Stained Glass Pumpkin With Sharpies & markers.

We were given a few small pumpkins yesterday. Last night, after a rather long & exhausting day, my family all fell asleep early. I was a little bored & was antsy to do something with my hands. I grabbed one of the mini pumpkins, some Sharpies & regular markers and decided I was going to make a stained glass Jack-o-lantern.

I sat on my chair & a half and watched ‘Identity Thief’ with the pumpkin & and markers on my lap.

I drew on the Jack-o-lantern’s face.

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I drew random shapes around the Jack-o-lantern’s face.

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I used my daughters markers to color in the shapes. Different colored Sharpies would work best, but we didn’t have any so we just used Crayola markers.

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This didn’t take me very long to make & I thought that it came out pretty cute. This is what a bored mama does on a Saturday night.

Stained Glass Pumpkin With Sharpies & markers.

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Egg Carton Pumpkin & Jack-O-Lantern Crafts

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Egg Carton Jack-O-Lantern Craft for kids. Fall autumn & Halloween Crafts & activities.

My picky daughter has recently discovered that she loved eggs. She like them in every form, scrambled, fried & hard-boiled.  This is great news to me, as my husband & I love them too. We just finished an extra-large carton of eggs. Normally, I would store the egg carton away to use for craft projects at a later date, but since we are moving I can no longer hoard things away. What does that mean to us? That means last night we made a lot of egg carton crafts.

We decided that we were going to make pumpkins & jack-o-lanterns, so we cut up our carton & painted each piece in orange & then let them dry.

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For our first craft, we cut a stem & leaf out of construction paper.

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We glued them down to another piece of paper. We took 7 carton pieces & glued them around each other to form a circle.

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Here was Mai’s finished project. Don’t forget that each child’s abilities are different in crafting.

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Mommy went a little further & made her project into a jack-o-lantern. We used construction paper for the face.

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Egg Carton Jack-O-Lantern Craft for kids. Fall & Halloween Crafts & activities.

Next we made more jack-o-lanterns.

Glue two painted carton section to each other.

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Cut out and glue a stem to the top.

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Fold a pipe cleaner in half & curl the ends to form vines. Glue construction paper leaves to the end.

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You may leave these as pumpkins or cut out small face pieces out of black construction paper.

Egg Carton Jack-o-lantern craft - kid's fall & Halloween crafts

Our last craft was a pumpkin patch.

We cut out a corn-stalk & glued it to the paper.

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Glue the carton pieces around the stalk.

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Draw in the stems, vines & leaves.

Egg Carton Pumpkin Patch Craft. Halloween & fall kid's crafts

We used up every bit of egg carton & made a ton of cute and fun crafts.

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Egg Carton Pumpkin & Jack-o-Lantern Crafts

Paper Towel Roll Pumpkin & Spider

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Paper Towel Roll Pumpkin Craft

Our house officially went on the market this week. We did a lot of work to get it picture perfect & ready for showings. We have been packing & cleaning around the clock for weeks. With all of the cleaning that we have been doing, I have gone through a lot of paper towels. I mean a lot. This left me with a lot of empty paper towel tubes & some crafting opportunities.

We worked on a couple of crafts this week to use up some of those empty tubes & here they are.

Paper Towel Roll Pumpkin

What you will need:

An empty paper towel tube

An empty toilet paper tube

Orange paint

Green paint

Green pipe cleaners

Green construction paper

Glue

Directions:

Paint an empty paper towel tube on the inside & out using the orange paint & then let it dry.

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Cut a 3″ – 4″ piece of a toilet paper roll. Cut the roll open & paint it green on both ends & let dry.

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Cut around the paper towel roll forming 3/4″ strips about 3/4 of the way down.

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Round fold the strips starting from the cut end & tuck into the opposite end of the tube as shown.

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Roll the green tube up & stick in the opening on top. Add a little extra paint to your pumpkin if needed.

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Cut leaves out of construction paper & glue them to the green roll. Cut a green pipe cleaner in half & roll into spirals. Stick them in the stem to finish off your pumpkin craft.

Paper Towel Roll Pumpkin Craft

But we were not done there. Mai chose to paint her tube black instead of orange. She wanted to cut her tube too. We chose to make a big spider out of the black tube. In fact we ended up making two because Mai wanted her spider to have a friend.

To make the spider, paint & cut the tube the same as above. Bend the strips out & then make bends for knees & feet.

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Push the uncut core down & bend the legs up around it. Add a little glue behind the knees to make the bends stay. Add googly eyes & glue a pipe cleaner to the inside of the tube.

Paper TOwel Roll Spider Craft

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Mini Pumpkin Crafts

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Pumpkin Family

Last weekend was a big fun fall weekend for us. We did our hayride, went apple picking, went to the fair & picked pumpkins too.

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This weekend, in the aftermath of a bad tummy virus, we put a hold on our plans to go to the corn maze & leaf peeping. All is well now, but I wanted Mai to continue to rest at home rather than running around. Last weekend we picked up a lot of pumpkins. I bought two full sized ones for carving, but Mai really wanted the little pumpkins because they were so cute.

The mini pumpkins were great because they were just the right size for my little pumpkin. She may still be too small to be wielding carving tools, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t have some fun. Pumpkins are not just for Jack-O-Lanterns anymore, after all.

Painting Pumpkins

We painted pumpkins mid-week. She is getting to be such a great little painter. She painted one pumpkin red with a green stem. “Look mama, it looks like an apple.” It really does.

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Yesterday she asked to paint more pumpkins, so we did. Then we broke out the glue & the glitter for some extra fun. Seriously nothing lights my daughter’s face up faster than the prospect of pouring glue & glitter on something. This is a super easy, moderately messy, but very cute craft. Simply let your artist pour or paint on the glue & then shake on the glitters of your choice. Let dry & then shake off the excess glitter. Use paper or drop cloths to work on & to catch the glitter. When you are done, if you are stingy like me, you can pour the excess glitter back into its container for next time.

Glitter Pumpkins

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Mai had so much fun making these. She even made one as a present for her Auntie Linda. “I make this one for Auntie Linda. She is so proud of me.” I bet Auntie is going to love it.

Mai's are in front & mommy's are in the back.
Mai’s are in front & mommy’s are in the back.

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Our little pumpkin family.

As I have told you before, our daughter has a very strong sense of family. It is extremely cute how she refers to everything in terms of mama, dada & baby. When we were picking the pumpkins, she would tell me, “This is mama pumpkin, daddy pumpkin & the baby pumpkin.” And so they shall be.

Draw out you pumpkin family's faces & then carefully carve out.
Draw out you pumpkin family’s faces & then carefully carve out.

For daddy pumpkin, I fashioned him a Patriots hat out of foam.

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For mommy pumpkin, I just hot glued some yarn to the top of the pumpkin. I did the same for the baby & then braid the hair into pigtails
For mommy pumpkin, I just hot glued some yarn to the top of the pumpkin. I did the same for the baby & then braided the hair into pigtails
I hot glued all 3 pumkins together, putting the daddy on the bottom, mommy in the middle & baby on top. I used a pipe cleaner as a scarf for the mama.
I hot glued all 3 pumpkins together, putting the daddy on the bottom, mommy in the middle & baby on top. I used a pipe cleaner as a scarf for the mama.

It looks just like us doesn’t it? These were all so much fun, I think we will have to pick up more pumpkins next weekend.

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Fun with Fondant

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Fun with Fondant

I have always been fascinated by the art of cake making. It has been something I have wanted to try for a long time but have never mustered up the courage to attempt. The truth is fondant scares me, I have long admired and pinned different cake & cookie creations that I have found, on Pinterest but have also read about the horrors of working with fondant. My daughter’s second birthday is nearing and I really wanted to make her an amazing cake, so it is time to get over my fears.

Here is my first attempt at cake carving and fondant…

I wanted to start with something simple for my first time around, so keeping with the theme of the season, I went with a pumpkin.

I opted to use store bought cake mixes for my experiment. Don’t judge me! I’m not much of a baker.

Step 1. Prepare cake mixes. I used three boxes of marble cake mix. I waited for my daughter to take a nap before I got started on my project. She is such a light sleeper. Her bedroom is just down the hall from the kitchen and I did not want to run the risk of waking her, so I took my electric mixer and cake mix outside to plug into the porch outlet to prepare my batter.
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I am a messy baker.

Step 2. Pour in cake pans. I used 2 9″ round cake pans for each boxed mix. They do sell global shaped cake molds but because as I was looking for a simple project to practice cake carving with I opted to layer and carve the cakes instead.
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Step 3. Cool. Carve excess cake off the top for even layering.
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Step 4. Layer the cakes on top of one another using frosting or icing between layers.

Step 5. Freeze the cake. I found this tip on http://cakedecorating.about.com/od/Constructingthecake/a/Cake-Carving-Tips.htm. I always had wondered how they were able to create those designs without the cake crumbling apart. I froze mine overnight.

Step 6. Cake carving time.
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Step 7. Frost the cake. This ensures that the fondant will stick. It suggests using icing instead of frosting because frosting is too slippery of a surface to adhere to, but since I had a few unused containers I opted for the frosting. I did it in a thin layer and then refrigerated it so that it would harden slightly.

Step 8. Knead your fondant & add food coloring. I used the Wilton’s rolled fondant. It is very hard but after alot of kneading it does soften. Add food coloring a drop at a time to achieve your desired color.
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Step 9. Roll out your fondant. Make sure that you roll it out enough to cover the whole cake. I found some helpful hints also from this site. http://candy.about.com/od/phototutorials/ss/fondant_cake_sbs.htm
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Step 10. Now this part was tricky. Apply the fondant. I did have a difficult time doing this. Be careful when smoothing your fondant down to the bottom. You must quickly maneuver and stretch it so that it does not form creases. Slice off any excess fondant that is pooling around the bottom. If you have any rough spots or tears, rub a little bit of oil on the area and smooth it out.
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Step 11. Use excess fondant to make vines and leaves for your pumpkin. I had to add more food coloring to achieve the green. This is where you can cover up any flaws you may have. I was able to hide a lot of my mistakes with the vines and leaves.

Step 12 Admire your finished product. It is not perfect but I thought it was a noble first attempt.
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