I got an idea for a pumpkin after I came across this picture on the internets.
It seemed easy enough so I went for it.
Gather all your items.
-pumpkin (I picked up mine from a local farm stand).
-blue paint or spray paint
-paintbrushes (different sizes)
-ping pong/table tennis balls
-carving knife and scooper spoon (not pictured)
First you want to wash your pumpkin.
Make sure you wash the bottom too. I used my veggie brush to scrub the pumpkin real good.
Dry off your pumpkin. Then take a pen and draw a circle for the lid so you know where you're cutting. You can do this free hand too if you want.
I cut into the top of my pumpkin so I could get the guts out. When I opened the lid I found pumpkin sprouts. Yes, sprouts growing inside the pumpkin. I feel like sprout babies know I will take care of them. :) How amazing that these little sprouts were inside the pumpkin.
I did leave a picture on the fbk page of the farm stand I got my pumpkin from and they loved it. They said it's rare but it does happen. We had gotten a lot of rain recently so maybe the moisture inside the pumpkin made the seeds sprout.
Seeds, sprouts and guts.
Seeds in the pumpkin scooper.
I saved some sprouts and put some in a cup of water in the kitchen window. They are growing. :)
After you have carved the lid and the mouth you can paint. I had to do several layers of the blue paint. My paint might not have been the best kind to use but I made it work.
After the paint has dried, glue the ping pong balls on the pumpkin. Let them dry and then with a sharpie draw in the eyeballs.
Then it's time to take pictures of your cookie monster pumpkin.
You can't have a cookie monster pumpkin without freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. These cookies are a fresh batch of chocolate chip that I baked to enter into another fair.
How cute did this turn out? :)
By the way....I entered this pumpkin into a fbk contest on Food Lion's fbk page. I won 4th place and got a $25 gift card. Yay me. :)