I wanted to make decorations for fall to hang up in our home, but I really wanted my daughter to help make them somehow. She’s still too young for cutting or glueing, but she loves to finger paint. So I realized my daughter and I could both complete part of the project, making it a mommy and me project! Doesn’t that just sound so cute?? The finger painted pumpkin art we made turned out absolutely adorable, and I’ll show you how we did it!
Finger Painted Pumpkin Art – A Mommy and Me Project
- card stock – I cut the sheets in half so it was easier for my daughter to reach the edges with her finger paint
- orange finger paint (I used homemade edible finger paint, just in case my daughter tried to put any paint in her mouth)
- green ribbon – I used light and dark green
- gold curling ribbon
This was the best part of making these little pumpkins. My daughter loved squishing her fingers around in the orange finger paint. She happily spread it back and forth on the paper to cover it in orange. Since we used finger paint, you can see the strokes she made to spread the paint and I think this adds a lovely texture to the art. After all, pumpkins aren’t perfectly smooth, right? 🙂
We did have to be careful not to make too much of a mess with the finger paint, and my little sweetie got a bath when we were done. I set the paper to dry and waited until nap time to finish the project myself (the rest of the project is just for mommy to complete, my sweet girl just did the finger painting).
Here is her finished painting below. She did a great job painting all the way to the edges!
Making the Pumpkins
Like I said, I completed the rest of this project myself, since my daughter is too young to cut or glue anything. So when she took her nap, I got to work to finish making the pumpkins by myself. After making sure the finger painted paper was dry, I turned it over to the back and used a pencil to outline two pumpkins (I used half-sized sheets of card stock for her to paint, so each pumpkin ended up approximately 1/4 of a full sheet in size).
Then I cut out the pumpkins, and they already looked great! I love the textured look on the little pumpkins from finger painting. Next, I cut two pieces of green ribbon per pumpkin and a piece of gold curling ribbon for each.
I turned over the pumpkins and carefully glued the ribbon on the top, using two green pieces for the stem and one piece of gold for the vine.
Once the glue was dry, the pumpkins were complete!
I was so excited that this finger painted pumpkin art project turned out so adorable! I had so much fun finger painting the orange color with my daughter. Then later while she took a nap I made the orange painted paper into little pumpkin decorations. The texture from the finger painting looks really pretty, too. I can’t wait to hang up this finger painted pumpkin art in our home to celebrate the fall season!