Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Every year, the PTO at my school hosts a pumpkin decorating contest.  My first two years, I threw something together last minute.  My fourth year, my pumpkin exploded before I had the opportunity to finish decorating it.   I was automatically OUT of the contest.  And my classroom smelled like pumpkin guts for days {it was BAD}.

But my third year... my third year, I ROCKED it.  I gave it my all, and I WON!!
Check it out:
Amazing, right?!  Haha I'm not too proud of it or anything ;)

After I spray painted the pumpkin yellow and let it dry, I spent three hours painting Spongebob's features.  {I really meant business that year.}  Then I painted an empty Scholastic box blue and peach, for the ocean and the sand.  I painted popsicle sticks blue and glued pics {that I printed and colored} of Spongebob's friends to the sticks.  Last, I drew some seaweed and attached it to the sides of the box.

It wasn't easy, but when we heard our name over the loudspeaker, my class went WILD, and it was so worth it!  We won a class pizza party :)

This week, we are getting our pumpkins to decorate.  I'm still up in the air about what I should make!  I've seen some great ideas while perusing the Internet... but I'm not in love with anything yet!  If you have any ideas, I'd LOVE to hear them!!


Kelley Dolling said...

WOWZA, girl! You are amazing. Here's to another BIG win my friend.

Kelley Dolling
Teacher Idea Factory

Kristen said...

I love him!! HOW did your pumpkin explode?!?! lol! I'm sorry to laugh at your misfortune! :) :)

Halle said...

Aren't you obligated to decorate your pumpkin like a cupcake?!

Your Spongebob looks great. I consider myself semi-artistic, but that doesn't extend to pumpkin painting. Your have quite a talent!

Good luck this year!


Elizabeth said...

How cute is Spongebob? I'm also curious about how your pumpkin exploded! You need to share :)

Jennifer said...

Way cute! How did your pumpkin explode?! One of my students decorated his pumpkin just like the moose in the book "Moostache." They drilled holes in the front for his mustache and had tons of yarn making the mustache!

Rowdy in First Grade

4321Teach said...

Sad that you couldn't enter your exploded pumpkin as a natural disaster! (How does a pumpkin explode anyway?)
I agree about choosing a cupcake. Or for something more Halloween centered, what about Frankenstein.


Stacy Ann said...

We did Wilber from charlotte's web one year. I cut strips of pink paper and we did paper mache to cover. We laid down hay (made from construction paper) on the top of an overhead cart and built a pen around it. We had a web that said classy pig. I will admit that it was the fastest paper mache job ever. The first try we painted and it all peeled off over night but he was pretty cute!

Miss Kindergarten said...

hahaha your pumpkin exploded!!! spongebob is adorable!! and I agree with the cupcake idea ;)

smoran892 said...

Haha, Teri that pumpkin is AWESOME!!

I saw this Dr. Seuss pumpkin that is pretty darn cute!


I'm sure whatever you do will be adorable... as long as it doesn't explode ;)


Tania said...

This is awesome! You are certainly gifted. I might talk to our PTA...I want pizza.
My Second Sense

Unknown said...

Bikini Bottom would be proud!! But I'm with everyone else, gonna need you to spill the beans on the "exploding" pumpkin story! lol

❤ -Stephanie
Falling Into First

Meridith said...

I made a Stellaluna pumpkin a few years ago and my class had fun with it. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Mrs. Wathen said...

SUPER FUN! Our first grade classes have a pumpkin character book report/pumpkin project and the kids love it! The character pumpkins are AMAZING! (OK- maybe they have a LITTLE help. HA!)

The Resourceful Apple

forkin4th said...

What a fun competition between your colleagues - I wish we did something similar; instead, we are decorating our car trunks this year at our PTSO Trunk or Treat event where students "trick or treat" in the staff parking lot!

I vote for a zebra print or cupcake pumpkin. :)

Antonia @ forkin4th

Katie said...

This is such a cute idea!! I love the Sponge Bob. I can't wait to see what you come up with :)

Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

Unknown said...

Your Sponge Bob is adorable!

My class made a pumpkin turkey one year. You get a beak for the front of the pumpkin. I think we found it at either Oriental Trading or Party City.

Then, you take wire coat hangers and bend them to stick into the back of the turkey. You take old men's ties and spray them with something that will stiffen them and then attach them to the coat hangers.

I wish I had a picture of it! I won the Most Creative award that year.

Good luck and post a picture once you're done :)

Cynthia said...

I hopped over because I saw that Stephany over at Primary Possibilities "boo'd" you! I, too, am curious about the exploding pumpkin. You must "spill your guts" and tell us! :-)

Come on over and join the party by booing 3 of your favorite blogs. :-)

2nd Grade Pad

Miss Nelson said...

Just blogged some of mine
Camilla Cream would be cute

Lisa said...

You should definitely make a cupcake one!!! LOL

Live Laugh and Love to Learn

Unknown said...

What about Splat the Cat? He's fat and round...could be pretty dang cute. Just sayin' ;)

The Learning Tree

Abbey and Matt said...

How about an angry bird?

Rae said...

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Rae said...

Oh yea...and YOU'VE BEEN BOO-ED!!

Stop by my blog to check out the fun directions for participating :)

Primary Possibilities said...

You are a talented pumpkin painter! I could only imagine what mine would look like...

And you've been Boo'd! I'd like to give you the Whole Class Writing Journal Covers set from my TPT store as part of the Boo'd linky party. Please email me at primarypossibilities@gmail.com so I can send it to you!


Heather's Heart said...

You are simply amazing Teri! I vote for a cupcake or Angry Birds. =)

You are such an inspiration even though I am craft impaired! Lol! =)

Heather's Heart

Erin Lukas said...

That is such a fun idea! I can't wait to see what you come up with for this year! I know it will be super creative!! :)

Creating & Teaching

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