|Ajani and Kadir preparing to transform their pumpkins into a cupcake and a bat.|
I remember carving pumpkins with my mother growing up: The mess. The smell. The way the jack-o-lanterns got all soggy and moldy after a week or so. I'm not a fan of any of it. That's why I was so grateful for the inspiration from Pinterest to do no-carve pumpkins. Not only that, but I found some really cool pumpkin decorating kits from Spritz at Target that include everything you need to turn your pumpkin into anything from a creepy but cute bat ($5) to a pink frosted cupcake ($3).
|We'll call this the "Big Boy" table.|
I brought the idea of doing no-carve pumpkins up to my mom who wasn't quite into it but agreed to host the decorating event at her home. She gathered her own decorators: my brother, Shai, and his friends Max and London (and my oldest son, Savion who decided to join them) to carve traditional jack-o-lanterns while my two younger children and I covered her table in newspaper and went to work.
|Shai adding glow-in-the dark spray paint which may or may not show but we're optimistic.|
I'm not especially crafty but this no-carve business was a lot easier than I expected. My children followed step-by-step instructions provided in their kits while I started by painting my own pumpkins completely white. I used a gold glitter spray paint from Hobby Lobby to add a little pizazz to a larger one and it didn't need much more. Glitter really does make everything better.
On another pumpkin I used gold vinyl lettering purchased from Etsy along with large self-adhesive rhinestone stickers from Hobby Lobby's scrapbooking section. I used self-adhesive rhinestone strips on my smaller pumpkin which kept the lines clean and straight (it was going to be a spider web but I deviated from the original plan). Lastly, I used gold glitter spray paint to coat my three mini pumpkins (without white paint).
Overall, I'm really happy with our first attempt. As for my brother, Shai, and his friends- London and Max had never carved pumpkins before but they actually did a pretty good job. I could still smell their pumpkin guts and maintain that they are gross. Iwill continue to do no-carve pumpkins from now on.