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Make Your Own Pumpkin Patch (salt dough pumpkins DIY) by Ellen Luckett Baker for Alphamom.com

Make Your Own Pumpkin Patch

By Ellen Luckett Baker

By Ellen Baker

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Make your own miniature pumpkin patch with these salt dough pumpkins. Remember the salt dough ornaments you made as a kid? Same thing, Halloween style. A simple and pretty project that’s just gooey enough for kids to love. You can find most of the supplies around your house.
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Supplies (makes about ten 1 ½” pumpkins):

  • Salt, ½ cup
  • Warm water, ½ cup
  • Flour, 1 cup (not self-rising)
  • Toothpick for shaping dough
  • Acrylic paint, orange and black
  • Paintbrushes, large and small
  • Small sticks for pumpkin stems, about 10

Step 1: Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix warm water with salt in a mixing bowl until salt dissolves. Add flour and let the kids mix by hand.
Step 2: Let the kids roll the dough into small balls and make the pumpkin striations with the side of a toothpick. Poke a hole in the top for the stem (which will be inserted later).
Step 3: Bake on an ungreased pan for 2-2 ½ hours.
Step 4: Allow to cool. Paint with acrylic paints. Be sure to have your kids wear their paint clothes as acrylic paint stains. Insert the small sticks or branches into the tops of the pumpkins. Done!
Tip: Be sure to store your pumpkins in an airtight container after Halloween so the critters don’t try to take a bite!

Here are some variations on this project if you want to take it a step further:

  • Roll the pumpkins in glue, then glitter.
  • Make a pumpkin person doll by putting the pumpkin on top of a wooden doll pin (poke a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin before cooking the dough).
  • Make ornaments for a pumpkin tree by inserting a metal ornament hanger in the top just after the pumpkins come out of the oven.
  • Add leaves to the top or twisty stems made from green pipe cleaners.

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Ellen Luckett Baker
About the Author

Ellen Luckett Baker

Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying a...

Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying at home with her two daughters along with the creative inspiration they provide has led her to craft on a daily basis. Combining her love of graphic design and sewing, she has created an Etsy shop selling machine embroidery designs and sewing patterns.

Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master’s of Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management.

Ellen recently wrote 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects her crafting book. She is crazy talented!

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Comments

  • Kim

    THANK YOU for this!!! We are SO excited to make these!!!!