My sister-in-law Melia is super creative, and has had quite a few great dollar store crafting ideas herself. I LOVE this one: use those dollar store build-a-bear costume kits to decorate jack-o’-lanterns! Great simple idea for some super cute eye-catching pumpkins. This is an especially great activity to do with younger kids who aren’t really old enough to carve pumpkins yet, plus it seems like a fun activity to let them go to the dollar store and pick out a costume… for a pumpkin. My dollar store has a huge selection of bear dress-up costumes, year ’round.
I love my niece’s drawings on this pumpkin!
- Pumpkin, $1 and up
- Build-a-bear costume, $1
- Markers, on hand
You have the right to remain spooky!
(edited to add) Here are some tips from Melia:
- Small to medium sized pumpkins work best for this project.
- Rinse off and dry pumpkins before decorating.
- Use a fix-all type of heavy duty craft glue to attach costumes. I have tried hot glue in the past- but sadly enough, it doesn’t stick to pumpkins! (You could use staples or floral wire, but the pumpkins will begin rotting once you puncture the skin- so they won’t last as long)
- Use permanent markers
- The hair is sold separately, they are actually scrunchies that we found in the christmas section. (2 for $1)
- Be sure to have your scissors and/or seam ripper on hand, as you will want to modify some of the clothing to fit your pumpkin and make gluing easier.
In other family news, I am having a baby today! I’ll let you know more about it in a few days. In the meantime, enjoy the posts I have lined up for you!