Doesn’t that sound like the most genteel pumpkin ever?  Someone should write a book…

Anyhooooo, I have a fun little project for you today.  This seriously was the easiest thing ever to do. I wonder why I didn’t think of it 10 years ago.

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It just makes me smile.

To make this little generous pumpkin you’ll need one of those carve-able pumpkins from your local craft store.  They were 60% off at JoAnn’s last I checked.

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To take the top of the pumpkin off  you’ll need a bone saw.

Yes, you heard me.

Get one of those saws that the horrid people in scary movies use.

My local hardware store calls them ‘handsaws’ but whatever.

We both know better, don’t we?

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Once the top is off, you now have a fun candy dish with a lid!

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All that’s left is to paint it up anyway you want.  I chose to paint mine with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paints in Ironstone  and Trophy.

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The Target Dollar spot had these cute little chalkboard stickers.  I thought this would be perfect for ‘the giving pumpkin’.

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I thought about having the tag say ‘keep out, these are Mom’s!”

But I thought it would be a bit more subtle to just get dark chocolate with almonds.

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After all, kids don’t really like health food.  And everyone knows that dark chocolate with almonds might as well be an anti-oxident tablet.

Have you been wearing your ‘crafty pants’ lately?  I’d love to hear about it!


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This project is part of a new blogger challenge/blog hop called #MakeIt. A group of fabulous bloggers and I have teamed up to work on monthly seasonal projects. This month is all about PUMPKINS! Take a look at all of the pumpkin projects below and visit some of the other blogs to see how they were created.

30 Responses to The Giving Pumpkin

  1. I love what you did with your pumpkin! I am glad there is someone else who used a craft pumpkin! Your idea is so great! Love it!

  2. Rachel says:

    That is an adorable candy dish. I have really got to try out the Miss Mustard Seed paints because everyone raves about them. I’m so glad to have joined the #MakeIt challenge. Cannot wait until next month!

    • hollymcc says:

      MMSMP is fun! I have loved using several different types of paint lately. All are fun but there is definitely a learning curve with milk paint. 🙂

  3. Leanne says:

    Holly! omg, it’s one of those “smack hand to forehead ideas” I love it! This is on my very long “to-do” list. Have a great week!

  4. Ginger says:

    LOVE IT! I agree with Leanne, it’s a smack hand to forehead idea. So pretty sitting on the table for when company comes too.

  5. What a great idea! I never would have thought to use an artificial pumpkin this way! Love it!

  6. You are so stinkin’ smart! I love this easy project. {and I need that candy!}

    {big hugs}
    ~ Ashley

  7. Katie says:

    Love this idea!! Seriously .. Genius! I need a giving pumpkin..

  8. Haha, Love the craft, Love the subtle filling 🙂 It’s all just awesome and such a great idea!

  9. so cute! Such a great idea! Thanks so much for linking up to Outside {the Box!}

  10. Paula says:

    OMG I sooooo love this idea. This is such a super cute post. I would love it if you would share it at our WIW Linky Party. I hope you can join us.


  11. Havalah says:

    what a genius idea!

  12. barbara says:

    You write a darling blog and I love your crafty pumpkin! This could be a great class project. Did you use bonding agent? I’m a MMS retailer, if I can ever get product for you, on line at

    • hollymcc says:

      Hi Barbara! I am so glad you stopped by. I will be stopping by your site! No bonding agent was used, I guess the surface was porous enough for it to stick. The inside did flake a little, but I painted over it with a little more MMSMP and it stuck that time for what ever reason.

  13. Such a fantastic transformation! You’d never know that this started out as an orange plastic pumpkin. I love that you found something interesting to do with it! Thanks for taking the time to link this up at our party!

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  15. This was one of the most viewed projects at last week’s party! Thanks for sharing it at The Pin Junkie. It’s being featured at tonight’s party!

  16. hi Holly -Found you over at Someday Crafts! Oh my this is genius! But, what I love is the footprint sign behind the pumpkin! Would you link this to Friday Favorites going on now! Off to follow you on Bloglovin! laura

    • hollymcc says:

      Hey Laura! Yes, that little footprint sign is one of my favorite projects that I did with the kiddos a few years ago. I don’t think their feet would fit on the canvas now. 🙁 Their names are written above their foot, but I blurred it out for the blog (Is that weird?). I will certainly join your party! Thanks for the invite and all of the kind words. You made my day! (Love your blog name btw. Will be checking it out!!)

  17. I love this! Totally my style. Pinning!

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