Make your own Mini Pumpkin Patch decoration with this simple step by step guide.
Thanks to Disney for figuring out that Mr Mouse loves pumpkins! These easy to make Salt Dough decorations are spot on for Halloween but why put them away then? They’re perfect for the whole autumn season. Each batch of dough will make 4 or 5 pumpkins, just double up the mixture if you want more and play around creating different sizes.
Set aside 1 hour per batch and do remember these are NOT EDIBLE they just look great
You will need:
2 mixing bowls
120g of flour plus a little extra
300g of salt
8 fl oz water
A wooden spoon
Disposable kitchen gloves
Food colouring (orange and black)
2 baking sheets
A black marker pen with a fine tip
Black acrylic paint and a small paintbrush
If you have your own salt dough recipe use that instead and jump to point 2
How to Make Pumpkin Micky
In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, the salt, and the water until the ingredients hold together. Wearing a pair of disposable kitchen gloves, knead the dough until it is fairly smooth.
Place a quarter or so of the dough into another bowl and knead black food colouring into it. Knead orange food colouring into the remaining three quarters of the dough.
Heat the oven to 230 degrees F
The next part of the process includes cutting and putting thinks in a hot oven – these activities should be done by an adult.
Meanwhile, your child can use the orange dough to form 4 or 5 small pumpkins. Encourage your child to vary the sizes and shapes
Use the tip of a toothpick to poke a pair of holes (about a half-inch deep) in the top of each pumpkin where the ears will go. Then use the side of the toothpick to gently press vertical pumpkin grooves into the dough.
Place the finished pumpkins on one of the baking sheets.
Next, make a pair of Micky ears for each pumpkin by inserting toothpicks into small balls of black dough. Gently pinch the dough to make it stick well to the toothpicks. Then flatten and shape the balls to resemble mouse ears.
Place the ears on the second baking sheet. Bake the dough shapes for about 30 minutes, removing them before they begin to turn brown. The ears should take a little less time than the pumpkins
Allow the baked dough pieces to cool thoroughly
Use a black marker pen to outline a ‘Micky’ head on each pumpkin (Smart Tip: Before drawing on the pumpkin practice the shape on paper first and remember the front resembles the upper portion of a heart). Draw the outlines and then your child can fill in the outliners with black paint.
Once the paint is dry, add ears to each pumpkin. If the toothpicks are too long. simply break off a piece to shorten them. They should hold firmly in place but, if they seem loose, use drops of glue to secure them
Are you a fan of Instagram? Find us @riversidecares. Post your pics and tag us and we’ll LIKE them or, actually and:) send them to us at facebook to share the love too! Halloween and the autumn as a whole is such a great time for feeding a child’s imagination, for out of the box creativity ranging from food thru to great seasonal crafts. We’ll be creating more fun things at our pop up Teenie Halloweenie events on October 27 2016 at Stepney City Farm with our friends from Tower Hamlets Mums and on October 30 2016 at Hackney City Farm. They are free events for babies to 7 year olds accompanied by an adult, and as well as Halloweenie activities its a great time to come and see the animals and a working urban farm in action.
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