I know that you've spent your weekend wondering how all of this turned out: Was the paper maché pumpkin a success? Will you be posting a tutorial of your work on Pinterest? Were there protesters at the donut bobbing race? I mean, who wasn't thinking about these pressing, vital matters this weekend??At the risk of being labeled, "too negative," I have to answer "no" to all three questions.
First, let's talk about the paper maché, AKA the paper trashé. The other room mom was in charge of having the kids help out with this project. We found a picture on Pinterest and checked out the tutorial. The finished product was supposed to look like this:
I now present our version:
The huge crack in the paper maché is pretty obvious, as is the discoloration (mold, wheee!), but what is not visible in the photo are the tiny gnat-fly creatures who claimed our paper maché pumpkin for their own fall festival. When I picked up the...thing? from the other mom, it was infested with bugs, and moldy, and smelled like a frat house basement. In total denial, I thought that it might be salvageable, and I wrapped it up in a plastic bag and threw it into the trunk of my car with the four extra car seats and three bag chairs I am too lazy to remove. (And also, what if I have to transport an entire team of five year old basketball players to practice?) When I got home and unwrapped that bad boy and saw the crack, I groaned because there are sprays to take care of mold and bugs, but broken is an unsprayable problem.
I had already gone to the Baby's class and gotten the kids to make paint handprints on grocery bags because brown paper bags = recycled in my mind.
|I think that green kids had six fingers. Or he moved.|
I brought home the pumpkin and set about making my beautiful creation. First I carved the pumpkin:
Then I cut out all the hand prints and pondered the design. Because I'm just that crazy, I decided that the pumpkin would be an homage (another French word) to Hand Across America. Which, if you're old enough to remember, you have probably also pegged your jeans and have at least a passing familiarity with hair mousse. Aside: The list of celebrities who participated in Hands Across America is a veritable who's who of 1980s pop culture. The following people were all featured at various locations across the United States: Brooke Shields, Susan Anton, Scott Baio, Tony Danza, Kathleen Turner, Emanuel Lewis, Chewbacca, Don Johnson, Ed Begley, Jr., Charlene Tilton, Dudley Moore, and John Stamos.
The white, purple, and black hands represent people from different walks of life, uniting and joining hands around a pumpkin, which represents our great country, obvs. Of course, I also had some green hands, which represent some of the protests that broke out over Hands Across America. Because if there's one thing that America loves more than a demonstration of unity for charity, it's a counter demonstration to show that we're actually divided. One green hand represents Hawaii, where Tom Selleck helped lead Hands Across Hawaii, to remind people that Hawaii was also in the United States. Another represents the New England states which were also left out because, duh, New England:
Are you all still with me? Good. I used Mod Podge to attach all the hands and even though I'm not a Mod Podge expert, I can say with some level of assurance that Mod Podge wasn't meant for pumpkins. They are too bumpy and have too many ridges, so the hands kept on curling up. Here's how it looked when it was mostly done:
I put the plant in the top because I thought someone might really want some plants and would be forced to buy the pumpkin to get the plants. Then I added a gigantic burlap bow, because maybe a different someone could be in the market for a huge burlap bow and the plant-needer and the burlap bow-needer might get into a bidding war!
Also, I felt like it helped obscure the pumpkin a little.
When I dropped off our pumpkin in the cafeteria, I was glad to see that we were the only class that went with a Hands Across America theme (because how embarrassing would it have been to have two pumpkins with 1980's fringe pop-culture themes??) However, I feel like some of the other projects had a clearer or at least a more accessible vision:
|Very Hungry Caterpillar Pumpkin|
|Spider pumpkin about to feast on the very hungry caterpillar.|
|Spaceship pumpkin and alien pumpkins and chalkboard paint.|
|Decoupagéd pumpkin with leaves.|
I've spent so much time on our pumpkin debacle, I nearly forgot to tell you about the donuts. Let's just say that after spending two hours...
tying yarn onto donuts...
I have developed...
A moral objection to them!
|Now you'll get what you deserve, donut!|
As you can see, I tied a clothesline between two trees and attached the donuts (previously strung on pieces of yarn) to the clothesline. The donuts are hung at about mouth height of a five-year-old. The idea is that the kids stand with their hands behind their backs and whomever eats the donut fastest wins a prize. In actuality, all the participants got a prize because someone objected to giving a prize for eating quickly, as such slovenly manners shouldn't be encouraged. I am not making this up. Obviously, the yarn turned out to be too long, so we trimmed it so it wouldn't get in the way. Hope this clears up the confusion so that you, too, can have a donut eating race at your next party!