Are you ready for an awesome fall game that entertains kids all season long, including Thanksgiving Day? That is exactly what this DIY pumpkin pillow fight game is. Let’s face it; there are a lot of aspects of the big family dinner at Thanksgiving that just aren’t fun for little ones. That goes double if your family is the one hosting this year. This game will not only make the kiddos excited, it will also keep them from being under your feet while you work in the kitchen.
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- 6 Small Cardboard Pumpkin Boxes
- Orange Acrylic Paint
- Brown Acrylic Paint
- Green Acrylic Paint
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brushes (1 Flat Brush and 1 Detail Brush)
- White Fabric (I used an old tank top)
- 6-8 Marbles
- Needle and White Thread
- Straight Pins
- Spray Acrylic Sealant
First, remove the lids from your boxes and set them aside. You don’t need them for this project.
Next, paint your pumpkin boxes orange.
Add a second coat of orange paint and let it dry completely.
Next, paint the stems of your pumpkin boxes brown.
While your brown paint dries, add the sleeping faces to the front of your pumpkins.
Lastly, paint leaves on the pumpkins and set them aside to dry.
Now pull out your fabric and cut it into 6 rectangles that are 3 inches by 2 inches.
- If you are using an old tank top as I did, measure 3 inches up from the bottom and cut straight across. Then cut them into 2 inch pieces, leaving the sewn seams attached.
Next, line the edges of 2 pieces up, right sides together, and pin along the edges.
- Do this to all of your fabric pieces. This should give you 3 pinned “pillows”.
Next, sew around each of your pillows leaving a small gap to turn the fabric right side out after sewing. Be sure to pull out the pins as you stitch your edges.
Once all of your pillows are sewn, turn them right-side out.
Then fill each pillow with Poly-Fil.
Step 12 (Optional)
Add 2-3 marbles inside each pillow.
- Adding the marbles makes it easier to knock down the pumpkins. If your kids are older, you can omit them to make the game more difficult.
- You can also use beans or dry corn to add weight, I just prefer not to use food.
Next, sew the gap closed on each pillow.
Pull your pumpkins back out and spray both the front and back with acrylic sealant. Let it dry completely before playing.
This is such an easy little game that kids of all ages will love. I have no idea why but it is super satisfying to kids when they knock something over. How many times have you heard your kid yell, “Mom, he knocked my block tower over!”? Now, instead of causing a fight, this DIY pumpkin pillow fight game will encourage them to have fun knocking stuff over. Now you’ll be free to get ready for the even and socialize while the kids play. Looking for me fun games to play? Check out this Glow in the Dark Scavenger Hunt or this easy DIY Tabletop Zombie Bowling Game!
Don’t Forget to Pin It!