Halloween is right around the corner, and there is nothing I love more than a holiday themed DIY project that is affordable, pretty, and serves a great purpose. I had some leftover teal colored yarn from a project I created for my wedding and an assortment of blue acrylic gemstones in my craft drawer, so I combined the two to make a great teal pumpkin.
If you don't already know, displaying a teal pumpkin is a sign to trick-or-treaters and their parents that your household is offering non-food items as "treats" for Halloween. This is especially important for kids with food allergies. I have food allergies and have experienced a severe allergic reaction, so I understand the importance of being inclusive and offering more than just candy to kids this holiday season.
The only supplies needed for this project are a pumpkin (the one I used is made of Styrofoam), scissors, glue, teal yarn and gemstones. I had everything on hand except the pumpkin, which I found at the dollar store. The pumpkin I used had some imperfections, like small holes and smudges, but that didn't matter much since I was going to cover up the entire pumpkin with the yarn and gemstones.
I applied strips of yarn that ran the length of the pumpkin as well gemstones in a pattern with glue to make the pumpkin sparkle. I was going to cover the entire pumpkin with the yarn, but I wanted to have a bit of orange color peek through, so I applied some of the gemstones directly on the pumpkin instead of on the yarn. I wasn't fond of the pumpkin's bright green stem, so I covered it with the teal yarn by wrapping the stem and gluing in place. I used tacky glue, which took a while to dry. Using a hot glue gun to apply the decorations is a good alternative to make things go a bit quicker.
I love the way this pumpkin turned out, and it only took me a few hours to create. Use your imagination and whatever you have on hand to make a great teal pumpkin of your own. The nice thing about this project is that once Halloween is over, you can continue to display it since the teal and blue colors are a nice representation of the winter months to come.