Our oldest daughter celebrates her 15th birthday very close to Halloween. In fact, we brought her home from the hospital on Halloween with little pumpkin booties! Every year, we have a birthday party for her usually involving some Halloween fun. She loves to “dress up” and swears she will never stop “trick or treating”, and I think I believe her. When she was 5 painting pumpkins was the high light of the party.
Now a days, Mom has to work a little bit harder to keep the party rolling. Dad too. From “haunted halls” to toilet paper “mummies” and bonfires…we do it up and make memories we will cherish for years to come. However, today I decided to share a cute and EASY Halloween project for all ages. Okay, so maybe your teen will run for the hills when she sees you collecting rocks, and twigs,
but I bet you could find some younger tykes, or even older folks that would enjoy this…
“Mini Painted Rock Pumpkin Family” craft idea:
Now, you may think that this is just some silly craft this redheaded blogger came up with. Well, to be truthful…you could be right.
If you really, really look though, you’ll see how cute it really can be with some imagination. First, you’ll notice me in the middle with big eye lashes. Wishful thinking I guess. Then there’s Pop next to me. Very out of character because my husband is the sweetest man I know.
Then there’s little sister to his right, who is full of mischief. The birthday girl is next to Mama and she is happier than ever because it’s her birthday. The littlest pumpkin, that’s Sylvia, our cat. The night wouldn’t be complete with out s’mores. Oh, and the decor…spot on of course.
Adirondack chair-from our daughter’s doll house
scarecrow-from my holiday decorations
yellow Mum-from this years Mum plant
stumps-cut from a branch in our yard
fire pit-rocks, branches (please explain to little ones that this is a fake fire)
smores-real food, just cut up small
I set everything up on a cookie sheet, and found the hay at my local cider mill (shh!). The pumpkins are rocks from our landscaping painted with orange craft paint and permanent markers. I am displaying our “Mini Pumpkin Family” on a shelf in our kitchen.
So, I’m hoping I put you in the mood for some s’mores and a real bonfire.
I have you covered on all counts.
You could stay in and make s’mores inside like my youngest daughter did…
I’ll even hook you up with a tutorial on fancy “Painted Roasting Marshmallow Sticks“: