Easy Teal Pumpkin Project

Shawna Bailey
by Shawna Bailey
5 Materials
2 Minutes
Have you ever gone trick-or-treating and seen teal pumpkins? They easily stand out from the orange and white ones. The teal pumpkin project is something that’s very near and dear to my heart. There are lots of kids in America with serious allergies that get left out every Halloween (and a lot of other times, too). Putting a teal pumpkin on your porch shows that your house has safe treats (usually non-food items) to give to kids with allergies, so they can trick-or-treat just like their friends. When kids come to our home, we give out glow sticks and stickers. Since I'm allergic to wheat and ran into a few problems trick-or-treating when I was a kid, this project is important to me.
So I found this teal pumpkin at Michael's, and I wanted to decorate it without taking away from the color. (I also don't have a lot of time to decorate, so this was a quick solution.) I lightly decorated this pumpkin with ribbon bats and a button moon, and I wanted to share how I did it.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
I used ribbons, scissors, sewing pins, a big button, and a teal pumpkin. I bought my fake teal pumpkin from Michaels, but you can actually paint a real one with spray paint, acrylic paint, or latex house paint.

Step 2: Cut the Ribbon into Pieces
I cut the ribbon into 2.5 inch strips.

Step 3: Knot the Ribbon into “Bats”
I tied my ribbon pieces with a knot in the middle to resemble the shape of a bat. I used thin ribbon, but if you use thick ribbon you can also cut the "wings" so it really looks like bat wings.

Step 4: Pin "Bats" to Your Pumpkin
Then I just pinned my bats on with sewing needles. All it needed was a firm push with my thumb. Sewing needles go into pumpkins really easily, so it didn't take a lot of effort. I put all sorts of things on my pumpkins over the years this way, like house numbers.

Step 5: Pin the "Full Moon"
I used two sewing needles to attach the button to the pumpkin. I put it higher than the bats, because it's supposed to look like the moon.
And there you go. I told you this project was easy, and it still looks like a teal pumpkin.
It’s more cute than spooky, but I love it.
Suggested materials:
  • Black Ribbon
  • Sewing Pins
  • Scissors
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