Cozied up with a hot cup of cider and an oversized hoodie, the smell of a bonfire outside, and pumpkins galore. Fall is my favorite season hands down. It seems to last about 1/2 as long as winter, fall, and spring but I’ll take what I can get!
Last weekend I took Jack out to Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch for our first orchard/pumpkin experience of fall. I’m not sure which of us was more excited and I hope it always stays that way. I say first experience knowing that we will make a trip to Negangard Pumpkin Patch for our actual pumpkins -BEST PRICES around! Added bonus -family is good people. Stops at The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur and Rader Family Farms in Normal could be on the list too. Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana is another place I’d like to add to our list, but not sure if our busy month of October will allow for that one or not. Each place has a reason for standing out from the crowd.
In my opinion the cider and the doughnuts are what make Curtis Orchard stand out, I’ve been a loyal customer of these items for as long as I can remember. We added a few mini, white pumpkins to our list last weekend too or as Jack would say “punkins” :-). Pumpkin carving, painting, decorating, whatever you may choose to do can get messy, and even messier when you have little kiddos wanting to help (as they should). I like to try different things so I went on a small little hunt for something easy to do with kids and alas I came across Kelly’s Confetti Pumpkins on Cloudy Day Gray and fell in love. They are so colorful! Not your typical fall colors but sometimes ya gotta venture out more.
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You can buy pre-made confetti like this…or this…or this. Type something related to “confetti” in the search bar below and you’ll get tons of options to choose from.
While pre-made confetti would have been much more convenient we wanted to do the pumpkins day of -so, we made the confetti ourselves. I grabbed some tissue paper from the Dollar Tree, similar to this. You are also going to need some Mod Podge, which the Dollar Tree might actually have mini containers of if you make a stop there. I had intended to use a circle punch to cut the tissue paper into little circles but turns out I forgot I threw it away a few months ago. Maybe it worked out for the best, I’m not sure if tissue paper would be too thin to cut clean or not?! Nothing a regular scissors can’t do though -you’ll note from the photo below that I did not go about this in any neat manner. I just randomly folded the tissue paper and cut circles into it. Don’t worry if your circles aren’t a perfect circle. Mine were far from it, but you can’t really tell in the final product.
To get the tissue paper confetti to stick to the pumpkin, you’ll need to paint a thin coat of Mod Podge onto the pumpkin. I did this part and then the boys stuck the confetti onto the pumpkin. While working on his pumpkin, Chase said “mommy, this project of yours was sure a good idea” -so there you have it, kid approved!
Once all of the confetti is placed onto the pumpkin, let them dry. Once dried you are gonna paint one more coat of the Mod Podge over the top -this flattens the confetti out and seals it. Don’t worry if it looks like you have painted a coat of white paint over the top, it should dry clear. Just make sure to even the coat out as smooth as possible.
Once the second layer of Mod Podge is dried you’ve got some cheerful pumpkins to display :-). There are endless options for how you could design these whether that be mixing up your color choices or using a different shape from a circle. I’d love to see what you come up with if you give this a shot!
Aren’t they just so playful?! Go on now and try them out, it’ll brighten your day :-).