Thursday, October 8, 2009

How to make a pumpkin

I am sorry that the pictures are not very clear. I really NEED a new camera (maybe for Christmas?). I took and re-took the pictures, adjusted settings and none of them are clear - sorry.

First you will need orange slice candy, plastic wrap, scissors, green floral tape, and a small bowl with a flat bottom (I used a 1/2 C measuring cup).

You will need a fairly large piece (it will need to be quite a bit bigger than your bowl) of plastic wrap.

Now, pay attention, it gets really technical here. Take your fingers and push the plastic wrap into the bottom of your bowl.

Now begin to stand your slices of orange slice candy around the outside edge of your bowl (with the narrow part of the candy toward the center of the bowl and the wide part touching the outside).

Continue to fill the bowl. It will depend on the size of the candies as to how many you will need. In the picture there are 8 candies on the outside and 1 candy in the center (if there are any broken pieces, I usually save them for the center).

Pull the plastic wrap up and lift the candy out of the bowl (keeping plastic wrap tight). Then twist the plastic wrap tightly next to the orage slice candy.

Take your floral tape and while stretching it (this is important - if you do not do this, it will not hold), wrap it around the twisted plastic wrap a couple of times.

Then take your scissors and cut off the excess plastic wrap and then you have a pumpkin. Now you can make a whole pumpkin patch for table decorations, gifts to your co-workers, child's teachers/classmates/friends/etc.

I've made a few batches for my MOPS Disscussion Group, Anthony's Pre-K class including the teachers (they are studying the letter 'P' this week and they are going to the 'Pumpkin Patch' tomorrow, so I thought it would be appropriate). I have been making these since Lee and Champ were in daycare (they are now 10 and 9).

Everyone seems to enjoy them and they are so easy to do. You can make these around Halloween or Thanksgiving.

Sorry that I haven't updated my blog lately. I am having trouble getting adjusted to school this year (this is the first time in about 3 or 4 years that I have taken the boys to school - Frank usually does it). Since Anthony is in Pre-K he gets out at 2:00 and we don't live close to the school, so I have to kill an hour until the other 2 boys get out at 3:00. This year I have 3 children in 3 different schools (this is Champ's last year at the elementary school, this is Lee's first year at the Middle School and the Pre-K is at the High School) makes for more driving. Also, this is the first time that I've had only 1 at home, so I am trying to volunteer at school some. I am not great at time management anyway, but this year seems worse than normal. Maybe I will get the hang of it eventually.

Well, I've finally updated my blog and for those of you that keep on me to update it, this one's for you (Mary). ;o)


Melanie and Josh said...

I have been meaning to thank you for the adorable and tasty pumpkin! Shh, dont tell, but I also gave Jack a few pinches of orange (I mean pumpkin) slice to taste....he thought it was yummy too! :) THANKS!

barbara said...

OMG! That's sooo nice!

The Family of Logo said...

What an amazingly cute idea, I'm totally going to make some for my Bible Study group table for Thanksgiving and Halloween! Thanks for sharing!

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