Hey there! I’m finishing up our Harvest Party prep and want to share some awesome pumpkin favors with you! Of course, I’m not all the way finished and have already done it two different ways…and, yes, there is going to be a third way before I’m done. You expected as much, right?
I pinned this awhile back from OneLittleProject.com and until today didn’t actually go to her site. I’m going to make a change on my next bunch now that I have!
So I had the general idea, and went searching for orange tissue paper. It wasn’t to be found (except a sheet or two in with other colors), so I finally settled on using napkins instead. I thought that was still too expensive from any stores around here and finally ordered a big pack from Amazon.
So this was just supposed to be for our kindergarten class…I’m making a matching game out of them, but when I ordered the napkins I also ordered some nose pencil sharpeners as the reward for our sixth graders’ scavenger hunt -ish game. My son thought they were cool, but just not really a good enough prize to motivate them. So the first batch I made are for his class.
He thinks it’s a good incentive now! As far as he knows, I only made five because they are racing to win, but I actually made 20 because the whole class has to complete the last challenge together so they will all win!
I used the full napkin opened completely and had to be careful b/c the corners of the candy wanted to tear through. I already had the other favors (slime, sticky ball) and candy for their gift bags anyway.
I just gathered up the edges then closed them up by wrapping with pipe cleaners cause for some crazy reason I had it in my head that that’s how the original author had done it (it wasn’t). It worked though. I had to trim up the tops after that, which was another difference. She actually cut 9″ circles to make hers.
Too stinkin’ cute!
So for our kindergartners’ I have a few moms donating the filling and I won’t have that until Monday.
I’m going to tell you know that I’m having a rough time. The twins starting kindergarten has been unexepectedly harder than I thought it would be. I thought my house would be spotless and I’d be taking care of the new baby (she’ll be 5 months in just a few days….I’m going to sneak you a pic…shhh…don’t tell my husband I’m breaking the rules!…).
Anyway, I thought I’d be busy enough that I’d be ok. I’m really not. When they’re home they fight or are so energetic that I’m tearing my hair out, but when they’re gone I miss them so bad it hurts. So the first week of school I started planning these parties. It was something I could focus on for them. Sure, I could actually fold and put their clothes away or do more than kick a path through their room, but those things just don’t resonate with the same, “I’m going way out of my way to do something special for you” that this stuff does. It’s the last weekday of fall break and this morning my mother-in-law picked them up pretty much first thing to spend the night with her. I’ve missed them all day. I can’t make the ones for the game and that’s all I have left to do, so I decided to add 20 more for my youngest son to send for his class. His sister will be taking a whole party to her class, so he’ll be excited to have something to share with his classmates (I got into that whole saga in the Scarecrow Hangman post). I way overbought favors thinking I would have two classes, anyway (I don’t send the same kind of favors as they get older so I won’t use them in the sixth grade class).
But I was out of pipe cleaners. So I went with green tissue paper.
I wanted to have at least two layers of napkin to avoid the tearing so I just opened it up once and cut that in half (one napkin will make two double layer pumpkins).
Put your favors in the center and gather up your sides.
I start with the short sides and do fine gathers to bring in the corners…then end up messing with it way too much until it looks acceptable.
I closed it with a piece of masking tape, trimmed, then covered that with green tissue paper.
Cut your green paper into squares, then sort of round the edges real quick…nothing too particular. I did a whole stack at time. Put a ton of glue on one piece, then put another piece over that (The glue soaks through so I didn’t add more for the second).
There you have it! Two different ways, both acceptable, but for the big batch (80 for the game) I’m going to do what the original author did and just tape the dang things with green tape. I wish I’d looked at that sooner!
I don’t know…I really like the curly cue on the pipe cleaner one!
What do you think?
‘Til next time!