The other day at the grocery store they were selling bags of gourds. Seems normal right? People use them for decorations, fall them baskets etc. So I grabbed 2 bags with the intention of decorating with them in my fall basket and then later saving some of the seeds in hopes to plant next year and grow my own gourds. (dork I know)
Any who after coming home with no less than 20 gourds of varying sizes and shapes, I posted on facebook (yes I am one of the masses that loves facebook) about my recent purchase, and asking what I should do with them. When my mom’s cousin (Howdy Pam) had the brilliant idea of painting them with glitter and making it a craft for the boys. But then I thought, how in the world could I do this, my boys would ingest glue and glitter, there has bound to be a non-toxic foody way. And boy was there……
As I get myself into these long drawn out “fun” crafts I always end up thinking why do I do this to myself. But I am always searching for something fun to do and this fit the bill.
So for glitter, I simply made colored sugar! Orange (yes that is suppose to be orange), blue and green, a few drops in each and just stirred until colored.
Then for glue the fun part!! A homemade non toxic kid friendly glue, gotta love that.
Ingredients: 3/4 cup water, 2 T corn syrup, 1 tsp vinegar, 3/4 cup cold water and 1/2 cup corn starch
In a small saucepan, add the water and corn syrup and vinegar, stir well
and bring to a rapid boil
meanwhile measure 3/4 cup cold water and 1/2 cup cornstarch, stir until dissolved
then slowly add cornstarch to the first mixture, stirring constantly
Until it thickens and cools and you have yourself glue!
Then I lightly brushed the glue on to the gourds, and handed one to each child
along with a sprinkle of sugar glitter
They each tested it out
and rolled them around
and then the inevitable happened, they had to taste it!
So they played and added more colors, and ate more!
More glitter please mommy!
Until they were a huge sticky sugary gluey mess!
And the sugar glitter was starting to get uncomfortable
so straight to the bath tub they went!
Overall I think they really enjoyed it, and heck anything that makes a mess and results in a bath, is a double win in these two’s book!
Though I am a bit surprised at how well the finished product turned out!
all the bright colors look a bit more like Mardi Gras then Halloween!
But all in all, it was pretty fun! Even for me!
What’s a favorite Halloween project of ours? Or even your favorite thing to do with gourds?
Print This RecipeHomemade Glue
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp. corn syrup
1 tsp. white vinegar
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup cold water
Mix water, syrup and vinegar in saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil. In small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water. Add this mixture slowly to first mixture. Stir constantly. Cool and use.