Teal Pumpkin Wreath

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A DIY Halloween Wreath perfect for announcing to Trick or Treaters that your home is providing allergy-safe treats, this Teal Pumpkin Wreath is a fun way to get your home ready for participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.

A fun and creative way to let trick or treaters know that your home is handing out allergy-friendly treats as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project!

Teal Pumpkin Decor Craft

Growing up, the kids in my class who had allergies or diabetes often didn’t participate in trick or treating. For the few that did, their parents would swap out whatever treats they gathered on Halloween for something allergen-safe.

In 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project was launched to try to make Halloween a more inclusive night for all children. By placing a teal pumpkin outside of your home on Halloween, you indicate to passing Trick or Treaters that your home is providing allergy-friendly treats.

Most participants just paint a pumpkin with teal paint but I wanted to create something that we could use year-after-year, plus this wreath has the added bonus of being very visible – especially if your yard or front porch set-up doesn’t allow for clear visibility of a pumpkin on the porch from the road.

Our teal pumpkin wreath took less than half an hour to make (aside from the drying time for the spray paint) and cost about $13  including the cost of the spray paint (of which we have PLENTY left over). If you’re able to find a teal pumpkin (they are widely available now) you can skip the spray paint and use a teal acrylic paint to paint the foam pumpkins which will make your cost about $6.

Please note, if your home isn’t planning on handing out allergen-friendly treats but you still want to make this craft, maybe consider using a different color for your wreath. It would be very disappointing for a child to see a teal pumpkin and think that you are participating in the teal pumpkin project, and then get to the door and find out that you don’t have safe treats for them.

You can read more about the Teal Pumpkin Project here.

Tips for Handing out Allergen-friendly Treats for Halloween

  • Keep the allergen-friendly treats in a separate bowl from the treats that may contain potential allergens
  • Depending on your budget, you can provide edible allergen-friendly treats and/or non-food treats, but non-food treats tend to be safest and more inclusive
  • Non-food treats can include glow sticks, stickers, small toys, small craft kits, fun school supplies, etc. While I have handed out the mini tubs of Play Doh in the past, they do contain wheat and should be kept separate from other allergen-friendly treats to keep children with celiac or gluten allergies safe.
  • You may want to consider using plastic tongs to distribute allergen-friendly treats to avoid cross-contamination (especially if you will be snacking in between trick or treats – hey, no judgement!)

 

More DIY Halloween Wreaths

Note: this craft uses the front half a plastic pumpkin bucket. I used the back half to make our Mickey pumpkin wreath craft – so we got two DIY wreaths out of one bucket!

Materials to Make a Teal Pumpkin Wreath

Supplies

Tools

Note: you can skip spray-painting your pumpkin pail if you’re able to find a teal pumpkin pail and match your spray paint to it.

How to Make a Teal Pumpkin Wreath

Cut the plastic pumpkin bucket in half lengthwise (so you have the front face half and the back half separate). Discard the back piece or save for another craft.

Cover the black facial features of the bucket with painter’s tape.

Follow the directions of the spray paint to completely cover the front of the pumpkin bucket, as well as the mini foam pumpkins. Allow to dry completely.

While the pumpkins are drying, wrap the black yarn all around the wire wreath form, securing the yarn in place with a dab of hot glue about every 10-15 wraps.

Once the wreath is completely wrapped in black yarn, use hot glue to secure the ends.

Take the teal yarn and wrap in a pattern (or just randomly) overtop of the black yarn. Glue the ends to secure in place.

Once the pumpkin bucket is completely dry, carefully remove the painter’s tape to reveal the facial features.

Use an Exacto knife to create a hole on either end of the bottom of the teal pumpkin bucket.

Thread floral wire through each hole and use to secure the pumpkin to the wire wreath.

Starting from the bottom of the wreath, glue the foam pumpkins in a cascading fashion so they look like they are falling out of the pumpkin bucket. To ensure that the pumpkins are securely structured, allow the glue to dry completely on each pumpkin before stacking on a new one.

Cut a 10-20” length of yarn and tie to form a loop. Wrap around the top of the wreath to serve as a hanger.

 

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How to make a teal pumpkin wreath to let trick or treaters know that your house is passing out allergy-friendly treats. This simple teal pumpkin decor piece can be used year after year and is a cute way to decorate your front porch for fall.

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Yield: 1 wreath

Teal Pumpkin Wreath

Teal Pumpkin Wreath

How to make a teal pumpkin wreath to let trick or treaters know that your house is passing out allergy-friendly treats. This simple teal pumpkin decor piece can be used year after year and is a cute way to decorate your front porch for fall.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Wire Wreath Form
  • Black Yarn
  • Teal Blue Yarn
  • Plastic Pumpkin Bucket
  • Teal Spray Paint <-- this is the one I used, if you use a different one make sure it will adhere to plastic
  • Small Pumpkins 
  • Floral Wire

Tools

  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Wire Cutters
  • Exacto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Painter’s Tape

Instructions

  1. Cut the plastic pumpkin bucket in half lengthwise (so you have the front face half and the back half separate). Discard the back piece or save for another craft.
  2. Cover the black facial features of the bucket with painter’s tape.
  3. Follow the directions of the spray paint to completely cover the front of the pumpkin bucket, as well as the mini foam pumpkins. Allow to dry completely.
  4. While the pumpkins are drying, wrap the black yarn all around the wire wreath form, securing the yarn in place with a dab of hot glue about every 10-15 wraps.
  5. Once the wreath is completely wrapped in black yarn, use hot glue to secure the ends.
  6. Take the teal yarn and wrap in a pattern (or just randomly) overtop of the black yarn. Glue the ends to secure in place.
  7. Once the pumpkin bucket is completely dry, carefully remove the painter’s tape to reveal the facial features.
  8. Use an Exacto knife to create a hole on either end of the bottom of the teal pumpkin bucket.
  9. Thread floral wire through each hole and use to secure the pumpkin to the wire wreath.
  10. Starting from the bottom of the wreath, glue the foam pumpkins in a cascading fashion so they look like they are falling out of the pumpkin bucket. To ensure that the pumpkins are securely structured, allow the glue to dry completely on each pumpkin before stacking on a new one.
  11. Cut a 10-20” length of yarn and tie to form a loop. Wrap around the top of the wreath to serve as a hanger.

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Will you be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project this year? What kind of treats will your house be handing out?

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