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#KeepItTeal – Creative Ways to Paint Your Pumpkin Teal

October 26, 2015
By: So Delicious

Trick or Treat?

For kids with food restrictions and their parents, this is a big question. By simply painting a pumpkin teal or putting a sign on your door, you can let your neighbors know that you #KeepItTeal and encourage them to make trick-or-treating more inclusive by offering non-food options too.

Get Creative!

To help us show our support for Kids With Food Allergies’ (KFA) #KeepItTeal campaign, we asked some of our favorite food bloggers to share their personal stories as well as a few good ideas to further embellish your teal pumpkin.

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Sarah Bakes Gluten Free –  Fabric Covered Pumpkin

Halloween is such a fun holiday for kids! Dressing up in their costumes, going trick-or-treating and getting lots of yummy treats. It can be hard for kids with food allergies so I love the idea of “Keep it Teal!” By displaying your teal pumpkin, you are letting families know that your home is providing allergy-friendly options for the kids, such as stickers, pencils, bubbles and stickers. My son has food allergies and we think the Teal Pumpkin Project is super cool. It’s a great way to keep Halloween safe for ALL kids!

You will need a white foam pumpkin (if choosing to save for future use), 1 1/2-inch wide strips of teal fabric, Mod Podge (outdoor type if displaying pumpkin outside), fabric paint for stem and foam brush.

First, cover your workspace with plastic tablecloth. Paint stem of pumpkin and let dry completely. Dilute Mod Podge by adding water (75% Mod Podge to 25% water). Lay strips of fabric on flat surface, right side down. Using foam brush, coat fabric with Mod Podge mixure. Fold down top of strip about 1/2-inch and lay vertically onto pumpkin, starting at stem. Stretch fabric strip slightly to mold to the pumpkin. Brush on additional Mod Podge over top of fabric to coat. Continue with additional fabric strips. Allow pumpkin to dry completely.

Sarah Hornacek

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Making It Milk Free – Teal Ombre and Teal Mummy Pumpkins

The Teal Pumpkin Project and #KeepitTeal campaign is near and dear to my heart. In addition to my son who has a life-threatening milk allergy, I have two nephews and three nieces who have a variety of life-threatening food allergies. Raising awareness of food allergies is just one step towards finding a cure, and a cure would absolutely change our lives.

To make the Teal Ombre Pumpkin, I painted three wide, horizontal stripes in varying shades of teal acrylic paint, then blended them each together using a foam paintbrush until they had the look I was going for. Once dry, I sprayed the top of the pumpkin lightly with spray adhesive and sprinkled glitter over it.

As for the Teal Mummy Pumpkin, I painted the entire pumpkin with two coats of teal acrylic paint. Once it was completely dry, I used craft glue to attach strips of gauze around the pumpkin. Glue on googly eyes to finish him off!  

– Lacy Wade

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Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes – Teal Pumpkin

My family is so passionate about food allergy awareness and education because my 7-year-old son, Shahn has severe and life threatening food allergies. He is allergic to dairy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, shell fish, sesame seeds and flax seeds. We are grateful to So Delicious Dairy Free and KFA for projects and contests like this that bring about more food allergy awareness. It is awareness and education that saves lives.

First, we made an outline of a jack-o-lantern face by using the stencil provided by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). After outlining our face in pencil, we carved it out using sharp tools. Kids will need parental supervision for this part. Then, we used a base coat of Americana turquoise paint to paint the whole pumpkin and waited for it to dry. To make the teal look more glossy we put a top coat of teal zircon acrylic glaze over the base. For the face we used Americana gloss enamels white and then put a top coat of Americana ultra fine glitter paint for a sparkly smile. All materials were purchased at Michaels.

– Debbie Adler

 

 

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