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Fall Festival. Each fall our church youth group runs a pumpkin patch, and a Fall Festival. The festival is relatively simple with carnival games, a bounce house, hay rides, and the church ladies sell hand made goodies. Our boy are required to help at the Fall Festival, and I was asked to help some too.
I set up a pallet wood table near the hay bales in the pumpkin patch. I also set up a large wooden tic tac toe board on a terra cotta planter for the kids to play pumpkin tic tac toe. I used some of the wheelbarrows at the patch, and filled them with pumpkins and added large pumpkins near the wheel. I made a wooden sign with my NEW Cricut Explore Air 2 and added it to a bale of hay, and surrounded it with pumpkins and flowers in Ball Canning Jars. The sign was a Make it Now project, and I loved it so much! I made my sign slightly larger, and used DecoArt White Color Stain as the base coat, and Grey Chalky Finish Paint for the letters. Cricut vinyl is perfect for making stencils. I used my Cricut for a few projects, and I cannot even begin to tell you how great it is! It has a fast cut and write option, and it is CRAZY fast, while still cutting cleanly. I also added our wooden pumpkin, and spread out a variety of pumpkins around it.
I also used my Cricut to cut out small orange pumpkins for the cake topper and food tents. I made the food tents and pumpkin price sign with the writing feature on the Cricut. I simply added a pen, and let the machine do it’s thing. It is so awesome to have perfect print or script on paper projects. I made the food tents out of kraft paper, and attached the pumpkins with mounting tape or double sided tape. I love how fast it is to make personal or “boutique style” additions to your party (or Fall Festival) with the Cricut. Since my husband and I have also been working at the Pumpkin Patch during the days, I brought my machine with me one day, and designed, cut, and wrote right there at the patch! I wanted the text style to be cohesive, so I used the same font for the food tents, pumpkin price signs, and wooden sign. I did fill in the letters with my black Cricut calligraphy pen too.
Because I am a busy mom, I went with store bought treats; cake (I had cupcakes too), donuts, Caramel Creams candies, and apple cider in Ball Canning Jars. The jars were refillable for a discounted price throughout the festival. To make the table more than just a food table, I cut the top off of a small pumpkin and cleaned it out, then I added a small cup to the inside and filled it with flowers. Simple, and adorable!
I really put very little work into my portion of the Fall Festival, but my area was one of the busiest, and it was a great area for family photos!