Renew the Old • Crafting
Creating something new with recycled, old, or ordinary items.
Teal Pumpkin Project / Little Pompom Monster Treats
Did you know approximately 1 in 13 children have at least one food allergy? That ratio speaks volumes and is why you see teal pumpkins popping up in stores and on your neighbor’s doorstep. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a movement supported by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) to provide a safe, allergen free option to trick or treaters that have food allergies. For more information from their site, click here.
Today’s craft is to fill your Teal Pumpkin Project trick or treat bowl with little pompom monsters! I love this idea because it is different. Not every house is going to have these for the trick or treaters and they are just so cute and of course, made with love! As an added bonus, they use our leftover pompoms from our vase facelift.
-Hot Glue Gun ($4)
-Hot Glue Sticks ($6 for a pack of 100) Joann’s.
-Pompoms (on clearance $1.20 per pack x 8 packs) Michael’s.
~Originally $3.99 per pack, a savings of $22.32
-Pipe Cleaners (on clearance $1.50 per pack x 3 packs (3 colors)) Meijer.
~Originally $3.00 per pack, savings of $4.50.
-Rainbow Googly Eyes $1. Dollar Store.
-Foam Sheets $1. Dollar Store.
***Total: $2 ($26.10 if I had to buy everything just for this project)***
How to start:
This time wait to plug in your glue gun so that it doesn’t start oozing while it waits for you to be ready.
The first step I took was cutting the foam sheets into squares and then folding them in half and drawing half a heart on them. Then I cut along that line to make a symmetrical heart. This heart with be the feet of our little monsters!
I went ahead and did all of these at once to make it simpler.
Next, I took my pipe cleaners and cut them down to 1 inch and 2 inch pieces. These will be our antennas! The one inch pieces will be a single antenna and the 2 inch pieces will be folded in half to make a “V” for the double antennas.
For the assembly process, I found it easier to plan my little pompom monsters ahead. Below you can see how I set them out, planning the color combinations I wanted for them. Once you get to this step, I would suggest plugging in your glue gun!
Assembling your Little Pompom Monsters:
With your glue gun hot and ready, apply about a pencil eraser amount of glue on the textured side of the feet.
Place your pompom right on top of the glue, push down and hold for a few seconds.
Now, put a small amount of glue on the back of the googly eye(s) and place them on the front of your pompom. BE CAREFUL not to use too much glue or it will ooze out the side of the eye, and not in a cute way.
The last step is adding the antenna. Apply a small amount of glue around the bottom of the pipe cleaner and push it into the top of the pompom. Hold this for a few seconds to allow the glue to cool and harden so the antenna stays in place. For this little pompom monster, I chose to use a single antenna, had I chosen a double antenna I would just need to fold the 2 inch piece of pipe cleaner in half and apply the glue on the fold.
And that is it! You are done! Hello, Little Pompom Monster!
Making multiple of these little guys really isn’t all that time consuming, especially if you plan your color combinations ahead of time.
Meet my Little Pompom Monster Army:
For some of my monsters I added a few extra eyeballs and antennas for fun!
If you want to add a little more variety to these, you can glue them onto a crafting popsicle stick to make a bookmark…
or onto a clip to make them into a little notebook friend.
This year will be the first year my family takes part in the Teal Pumpkin Project so I am unsure how many allergen free treats I should have. I am going to check with a few neighbors but just in case, I plan on adding a few options to my bowl to go with my little pompom monsters. To make sure I supply items that are safe I stuck to this list. If you don’t want to “go all out”, consider providing having some treats safe from at least the top 8 allergens as an option for your trick or treaters.
I hope you liked this first Renew The Old: Crafting post! I also hope you consider being a part of this wonderful movement to make halloween safer for all children. I would love to see your Teal Pumpkin Project pumpkins and treats so send the pictures on over or be sure to tag us on Instagram @antiquamrenovare!
Look for a NEW Get That Look tomorrow!
P.S. Take it a step further and make sure your Teal Pumpkin Project treats are latex free too!