DIY Colorful Pumpkins

Fall…seems like it’s most people’s favorite time of year. I enjoy decorating for all the holidays but it’s not a secret I don’t really like the browns, tans, oranges that are the popular fall colors. I prefer bright and fun colors! There is NO reason that those colors can’t be on all my Halloween and fall decor!

It is hard to find colorful pumpkins so I decided to make my own. It was cheap and simple. I bought pumpkins at the dollar store and the acrylic paint I already had. I didn’t want them ALL the same so I got a few different sizes and shapes for the pumpkins.

There is two steps for the pumpkins. To start you want to wipe down your pumpkins with rubbing alcohol to get any stuff off. This helps the paint go on better. Trust me. I lay down a large plastic table cloth from the dollar store that I can use a few times for crafts then throw away.

For painting the pumpkins I found that acrylic paint works best. I did it with another paint first on a couple and they didn’t turn out as well. You will need to paint two coats on the pumpkins. That’s it! That’s all you do! Wipe with alcohol then paint! So simple.

You could use any colors you wanted – even if you didn’t want brighter colors. I am going to do larger pumpkins this year! Do you like fall colors or do you prefer brighter?

Simple Chex Mix

Football season is HERE!  This means lots of Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays watching games.  Tooooo many days a week if you ask me, but apparently no one did.  We go to a lot of football parties- big and small- and most of the time need to bring a snack.  I love Chex Mix recipes.  I have made many different variations over time, tweaking this recipe and that one.  I have finally made a recipe I love.  It is husband and Millie approved as well. It is very simple to make and tastes delicious.Chex Mix

Chex Mix Recipe

  • 2 C- mini pretzel twist
  • 3 C- Cheez-Its
  • 4C- Chex
  • 1/4 C- Butter
  • 1 pkg- Ranch

Preheat the oven to 250*

 

Mix pretzels, cheez-its, chex in large bowl.  Melt 1/4 cup butter and pour all over the mix.  Shake the ranch packet in the bowl.

Take a large spoon or spatula and mix all of the ingredients until the pretzels, cheez-its, and chex are evenly covered in the butter and ranch.  Spread on to a large baking sheet.  I put down parchment paper or aluminum foil- totally up to you.

Put the tray in the 250* oven for 45 mins- stirring every 15 mins.  After 45 mins are up let cool. Then EAT!!  (Place in airtight container to store)

Super east and super yummy too!!  If you make it let me know how it goes and how you liked it!  Can’t wait to hear about it!


Chex Mix Recipe Chex Mix

  • 2 C- mini pretzel twist
  • 3 C- Cheez-Its
  • 4C- Chex
  • 1/4 C- Butter
  • 1 pkg- Ranch

Preheat the over to 250*

Mix pretzels, cheez-its, chex in large bowl.  Melt 1/4 cup butter and pour all over the mix.  Shake the ranch packet in the bowl.

Take a large spoon or spatula and mix all of the ingredients until the pretzels, cheez-its, and chex are evenly covered in the butter and ranch.  Spread on to a large baking sheet.  I put down parchment paper or aluminum foil- totally up to you.

Put the tray in the 250* oven for 45 mins- stirring every 15 mins.  After 45 mins are up let cool. Then EAT!!  (Place in airtight container to store)


Millie Monet

Millie is going to be the next great artist! Well maybe not, but we had fun doing this activity!  It is a great sensory activity to do with babies.  They can see the colors, feel the paint moving, and bang their little hands all over. It is SUPER easy- mess free- and you get a cute piece of art.

Materials:

  • Paint (a few different colors)
  • Paper
  • Ziplock
  • Tape (optional)

Paint1

Squeeze blobs of paint on the paper inside of the ziplock bag and seal.  I choose to use cute Duck Tape to hold it down on her high chair so she doesn’t grab and throw it.

Paint2Paint3

Then let them have at it!  Millie loved to push her little fingers on the paints- then she took to banging away.  She moved and squished the colors around until she had made a beautiful piece of art.

 

We had a fun time doing this sensory activity.  It was cheap, easy, and best of all MESS free! Have you tried this or something similar with your baby? Tell me down below in the comments!