Halloween is a big deal in our home and we’ve participated in The Teal Pumpkin Project for a few years now because we know how difficult it is for our friends and loved ones with food allergies to safely participate in Halloween activities. Halloween goes from “Spooky” to “Scary” quickly when you have to worry about the candy your child is handling, and whether or not it will trigger a dangerous allergy. Through the Teal Pumpkin Project you can let trick or treaters and their families know that your home is a safe-haven for allergies. It’s as simple as choosing to hand out small toys or other non-food goodies to some (or all) trick or treaters, and displaying a teal colored pumpkin or sign to let parents know safe options are available on your doorstep. This year we decided to make a ceramic, reusable Teal Pumpkin Project DIY Pumpkin and Free Printable Sign! You can grab the instructions for making your own teal pumpkin below, then print the Teal Pumpkin Project sign to display on your door or in your yard!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own teal pumpkin:
- An unpainted ceramic pumpkin, or a craft pumpkin
- Krylon Teal Colored Spray Paint
- Painters Tape
- Brown Acrylic Paint
- Flameless Tealight
I started out by taping the step of the pumpkin with painter’s tape. Then I applied a few coats of spray paint according to the directions on the can. Make sure to be in a well ventilated area and to protect the area around the pumpkin from paint.
A drop cloth is great, but I just used a large garbage bag. After giving the pumpkin about an hour to dry I brought it inside, removed the painters tape and painted the stem with brown acrylic paint. Once that dried our new teal pumpkin went out on the front porch with a little LED tealight underneath it. The whole process took under three hours!
To make your Teal Pumpkin Project Sign:
Download and print the sign. I used regular printer paper because I decided to laminate the sign to make it a little more durable, but using cardstock should get through a night outside just fine, so long as it doesn’t rain. I glued my laminated sign to an old paint stirrer we had laying around so that I could stake it into the ground.
Just grab some super glue to attach the sign to a stick in order to stake it into the ground.
I used an LED tealight to light the pumpkin up and placed it somewhere easily seen from the street!
So now you have a teal pumpkin and a sign – what are you going to hand out when the doorbell rings? We found ten inexpensive and much loved replacements for Halloween candy!
- Wikki Stix – uses wax and yarn to make fun creations! I love these, they have an old fashioned toy feel to them, and kids really love them.
- Mini Halloween Coloring and Activity Books (I usually package these in a small treat bag with a Halloween pencil).
- Halloween Stampers
- Mini Play Dough Containers
- Halloween Bounce Balls
- LED Flashing Jewelry & Sunglasses
- Halloween Rubber Ducks
- Halloween Finger Puppets
- Halloween Stickers
- Pirate Eye Patches (these are actually my kids favorite and we wound up buying extra because they wanted to give them out at school as well!)
Check out more of my Hallowen Decor & DIY and don’t forget to share pictures of your own teal pumpkins with the hashtag #TealPumpkinProject!