Fall is full of festivals, parties, tailgating, and a myriad of other celebrations. It is a pretty spectacular time of year. Of course, all of these events tend to have built-in fun for adults leaving you searching for a fun fall kids game idea to include. This DIY pumpkin pillow fight game is the perfect one for indoor and outdoor events alike.
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There is weird trait I’ve noticed that is present in both children and adults. We love knocking things over. That’s why games like bowling and Jenga are timeless classics in the world. Essentially, if we can make a game where we get to destroy the crap out of something, we’re all for it.
Ironically it doesn’t seem to matter whether the object is to do so (as in bowling) or prevent it (as in Jenga). As long as something crashes we’re in. That’s how you know your kids will love this easy little game.
It lets them exercise that destruction-loving trait inside. You set ’em up and knock ’em down. It takes no batteries, no crazy wires… none of it. Even better? It is super easy to make so you can whip it up last minute if you need to.
Pumpkin Pillow Fight Game Materials
First, remove the lids from your pumpkin boxes and set them aside. You don’t need them for this project but they are perfect for this Halloween banner project.
Next, paint the outside of your pumpkin boxes with a coat orange acrylic paint and allow it to dry.
Add a second coat of orange acrylic paint to your pumpkins so that no cardboard show through.
Again, allow you paint to dry completely before moving on.
Step 5 (Optional)
Flip your pumpkins over and paint the inside of the pumpkin boxes with black acrylic paint. I think this gives them a cleaner, more finished look. Of course, if you’re in a hurry or simply like the natural cardboard look, you can skip this step.
Next, flip your pumpkins back over and paint stems on your orange pumpkin boxes with brown acrylic paint.
While your brown paint dries, add the sleeping faces to the front of your pumpkins with black acrylic paint.
Finish your pumpkin design by painting green leaves on the pumpkins by the painted stems and set them aside to dry.
While your pumpkins dry, 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 up the edges of 2 cut rectangles, 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 through the small gap you left when sewing.
Then use that same unsewn gap to fill each pillow with Poly-Fil.
Step 14 (Optional)
Add 2-3 marbles inside each pillow to give the pillows some weight.
- Adding the marbles makes it much easier to knock down the pumpkins, especially from short distances. If your kids are older, you can omit them to make the game more challenging.
- You can also use beans or dry corn in place of the marbles to add weight, I just prefer not to use food.
Finish your pillows by sewing the gap closed on each pillow.
Lastly, pull your now-dry pumpkins back out and spray both the front and back with acrylic sealant. Let the sealant dry completely before playing.
This is such an easy fall kids game idea that kids of all ages will love. Let them enjoy that super satisfying feeling when they knock something over and it’s allowed! Now you can quickly whip up this DIY pumpkin pillow fight game to keep kids entertained during all of your fall events. Store it in a gallon resealable bag to make it easy to travel with to outside events, too!
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