Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tie Dye Pumpkins

Inspired by these tie dye leaves from The Chocolate Muffin, we decided to try our hands at tie dye pumpkins. The kids added a TON of red to their creations, but they had so much fun and they made cute suncatchers!

For this activity, we used:
coffee filters
permanent markers
water bottle
brown and black construction paper

1.  To protect our work surface, I used OLD cookie sheets (I really need to try out that Pinterest trick for cleaning them!) and put a sheet of paper on them.  You could also line your table with newspaper.

2.  I gave each of the kids a coffee filter and red, orange, and yellow markers.  This was a huge treat since we NEVER use permanent markers around here :)  The kids had fun coloring their coffee filters with the markers.  If you want your pumpkins to look more "pumkin-y", I'd recommend just using orange and yellow markers.

3.  Then, the kids sprayed their coffee filters with a water bottle.  This was their favorite part.  The more water you use, the more your colors with blend.

4.  We let our pumpkins dry overnight.

5.  The next day, we added construction paper stems and jack-o-lantern faces to complete our pumpkins.

This was a great, simple craft for the little ones.  
Just be careful that they don't try to eat the markers :)

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  1. Love your tie dye pumpkin suncathers.Very cute. I think we might do these for a fun easy craft for our Halloween party. (Momma's Fun World)

  2. That looks a very fun idea that is simple enough for my youngest. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Simple and yet so cute! Bet the water squirting was lots of fun.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty.


  4. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Tots. I am featuring your post this week on In Lieu of Preschool: Off to pin now! Thanks again for sharing!! :)

  5. Do you think it would work with regular markers?

  6. Do you think it would work with regular markers?

    1. Danielle, I've gotten mixed results with other markers. Washable markers tend to fade away a bit too much and some of the fine point sharpies don't bleed. The best results we've gotten have been with the Mr. Sketch markers, but certainly try out what you have and see what happens. You can also add a few drops of food colors to your spray bottle to add more color :)