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Decorate for Fall with Rock Pumpkins
Children collect rocks
Rocks seem to turn up all over the house. The thing that you hear banging around in the dryer is most likely a rock that you missed when emptying the kids pants pockets. Why not turn those rocks into a pumpkin for decorating at Halloween or Thanksgiving? They make great place settings for holiday meals and are really cute in Fall decorating.
Corral all those rocks and make some pumpkins. They are quick, easy, and lots of fun for the whole family to create.
What you need to make these rock pumpkins
There is no size restriction and if you have children who are stubborn, they don't even have to be round. If you have a round boulder in your yard, you can turn it into a pumpkin too.
- Orange acrylic paint
- Paint Brush
- Fine line marker (unless you are painting a boulder and then you will need black paint and a much larger brush).
- Glue - Tacky glue works best but takes longer to setup.
You need rocks
If you do not have a child who brings in rocks on a daily basis, you might have to either search for your own or buy some. Here is a suggestion.
Already washed rocks.
These work and it doesn't matter if they are completely round. Ours were not round and worked well anyway.
1st Coat of Paint
Fluorescent paint will make them really stand out
When we make these again, we have decided to get fluorescent paint. We need to make enough to take to our Vintage Trailer Rally on Halloween. We want one for everyone to take as a souvenir.
2nd Coat of Paint
Wash the rocks and let them dry. If they have been run though your washing machine and dryer, this step is done.
Paint them orange. Give them two coats for good coverage and let them dry. They might need three coats.
With the marker, draw on a face. Children who are picky and some adults may not like the first face. Simply let them paint over it again and start over.
Draw the lines on the pumpkin.
Glue the twig at the top.
If you are using them for your Thanksgiving or fall display and don't want to carry out the Halloween theme, don't add the face, just the lines.
Adding lines to the rock pumpkin
Rock pumpkin with the lines done
Adding the stem to the rock pumpkins
All purpose glue works best
We tried Elmer's glue on these but they did better with Aleene's.
These are also good for Halloween
The rocks came from our yard. They are not round or large but when turned into a pumpkin, they take on a charm of their own. We will be using them for our Fall decoration but one just had to be a jack-o-lantern.