We are officially into October and I finally feel like it’s appropriate to start talking HALLOWEEN. I have severe rheumatoid arthritis, and a five year old. As an artist by trade, this combination makes for some interesting pumpkin decorating with my uncooperative hands. Yesterday, I saw the latest edition of Family Fun Magazine. Not only do they have very creative ideas, but they are doable for me with my bad hands and safe for my five year old. Here are my favorite ideas:
Glitter Pumpkin – I actually just made one of these as a gift and put a circle monogram on it – so cute and well received!
Crystal Covered Pumpkin – just use sugar crystals and glue – simple and sparkly. Thanks Family Fun Magazine
Everyone loves a great disco ball pumpkin!
Paint your heart out.
I’m sure, with my husband’s help, we will also create some traditional carved pumpkins. If you have any of my luck, they sometimes get moldy, rotten, and smelly before the big day. I found this recipe on Pintrest that helps to prevent pumpkins from turning nasty. I am looking forward to trying this recipe to help “preserve” our carved creations.
PUMPKIN SAVER RECIPE
Bleach and Water
Bucket (If you don’t have a bucket big enough for your pumpkin, don’t worry! Grab a garbage bag, your pumpkin and head to the tub! Make sure to tie your bag closed.)
1. Place carved pumpkin gently inside the bucket.
2. Pour 2/3 cup bleach into the bucket & fill with enough water to submerge the pumpkin. Don’t forget to put the pumpkin lid in the water too.
3. Keep the pumpkin & lid in the bleach water for 24 hours. (During this time the pumpkin will disinfect itself and the water it soaks up will aid in the prevention of mold. This won’t work forever.)
4. After 24 hours, pull your pumpkin out of the water and pour out any excess liquid. (make sure you dispose of it correctly)
5. Set the pumpkin out to dry.
6. Once it’s dry, let it grace the scariest of haunted houses!
Good Luck, have Fun and be CREATIVE!