Aging Expectations

Halloween Pumpkin Paint Project

I saw this idea awhile ago and look it looked cool. Mostly because I had all the items needed to do the craft. Here’s the inspiration.

When I told a friend of mine about this project she said something to the effect of, “What are you crazy?? You are going to paint with corn syrup?? It is so sticky. It’s going to be a complete mess!!”

I laughed. Why? Because I hadn’t even thought about that and…she was right. What was I thinking? Letting a four year-old paint with corn syrup!

Unfortunately, once I get an idea I can’t let it go. So…onward!

DSC03079Here’s the steps:

  • I gathered all the supplies (thick paper, corn syrup, food coloring, black crayon, paintbrush, container for paint), put down newspaper and pulled my daughter’s hair in a ponytail.
  • We added the color to the corn syrup and mixed it. I was only going to do orange but couldn’t resist when she wanted to add yellow and green.
  • I drew the pumpkin in black crayon. Be careful to keep the colors separate or they will run together. As it dries, the syrup moves away from the black so it looks even better.
  • She painted the pumpkin. Use a lot of paint or it looks sparse and not as shiny.

DSC03080Here’s the good and the bad:

  • It was easy
  • You don’t need a lot of odd materials
  • There’s not a lot of steps before seeing results
  • It looks cool
  • It is sticky
  • It NEVER dries
  • You can’t hang it up because it will drip (trust me, it will drip)

I loved it! She loved it! We had fun.  I think it would be cool to do a Christmas tree too.

What do you think?

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