Couple of days ago I was asked to be a part of a Teal Pumpkin Project with other fellow bloggers. TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project was born out of the need to keep 6 million children with food allergies safe on Halloween. Living with food allergies is a constant struggle. Offering non-food goodies is the safest way for food allergy suffers to enjoy the holiday. Displaying a teal pumpkin lets everyone know that you have non-food goodies for children with food allergies. Let’s make Teal the new orange this Halloween.
Make sure to check Teal Pumpkin Project F&Q at the end of this post!
As everything with my DIY projects … almost nothing is planned. If you follow me on the Facebook or Instagram you would know a little story behind that wrinkled pumpkin. It was my first attempt to make a Dollar Tree pumpkin to look like it is made from glass…lol As you can see it didn’t work …pumpkin melted…ha ha ha, because it is a styrofoam. I am not done with this idea yet! It will for sure happen soon! Since I am more of a neutral colors girl, Teal is not easy color to find around my house. I needed to get creative! I think paint will be my solution! That I have for sure!
Painting pumpkin would be too easy for me,plus those wrinkles don’t look too good! I decided to use few paper bags that are no longer needed in my house. You could also use brown paper bag that you pack your groceries into. It is so exciting because my project will be again made out of recycled material! Directions are super easy! Cut your bag into strips or rip as I did and twist them
Heat up your hot glue gun and start adhering the paper bag twists to the pumpkin, wrapping them tightly to cover. Brown paper pumpkin is starting to look better …Love that texture !
Add a stick from the yard and you are almost done
I didn’t want to cover my pumpkin completely with teal, so I only brushed lightly couple coats of teal paint and attached Ruffia.
Teal brown paper pumpkin
Just because pumpkin is so small and the whole project was too quick I wanted to make one more because I loved that process. Love the texture on it!
All what I did with bigger pumpkin was
- remove stem
- paint teal to cover orange
My pumpkin is changing its look for sure with those paper layers
Little Teal bow beautifully complements this pumpkin! What do you think?
And here is my pair ! Love how they turned out!
And my tray with NON-FOOD TREATS is ready for TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT! #tealpumpkinproject
I had so much fun with TEAL COLOR that this year I decided to make a wooden teal pumpkin and I topped it off with my favorite easy to make MESSY BOW
You can read about that wooden pumpkin tutorial HERE All you need is to cut few ovals
Messy bow tutorial
Teal Pumpkin Project presented by Kippi at Home
Kerri at Mama Dares to Diy is also getting ready with her ideas!
Teal Pumpkin Project F&Q
https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?
The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. The nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option.
How Do I Participate?
1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
2. Place a teal pumpkin – the color of food allergy awareness –in front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available.
3. Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map.
4. Spread the word! Share the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family.
I don’t have time to paint a pumpkin teal, what do I do?
Simple – you can print out a free sign from the FARE website to post on your door. You can also look for teal pumpkins to purchase online and at local retail shops.
Can I still pass out candy?
Sure – just do it safely! The point of the Teal Pumpkin Project is to make trick-or-treating as inclusive as possible. You can keep the experience safe by keeping your food treats and non-food treats in separate bowls.
If you plan to participate in The Teal Pumpkin Project, by all means put those babies outside for decoration! But if not, try to limit them to your inside decor.
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