Let’s talk teal pumpkins. Unless you have been living under a Halloween rock, you have probably seen them at the store. Do you know what they are for? They let kids with food allergies and their parents know that this house is giving out safe treats. This practice all started with the Teal Pumpkin Project by F.A.R.E.

teal pumpkin project black wreath

It is a great movement, something near and dear to my heart as the mom of a kid with severe food allergies. Every year, I have a teal pumpkin on my doorstep with plenty of safe treats. I also go that extra decorating mile – because of course, I do.

Last year I decorated a black Treetopia Christmas tree for Halloween, using teal pumpkin-themed ornaments.

teal pumpkin accents on a black tree

The black needles were a perfect backdrop for all those blue pumpkins and ornaments. I thought this year I would try to re-create the same magic using a Treetopia Tuxedo Black Wreath.

teal pumpkin project wreath

It’s sassy, it’s classy, it’s a sequin-tastic. Oh, and it involves thrift store shopping. So, yeah!

Gorgeous jacket used to make a teal pumpkin wreath

It all started with a sequined jacket from the thrift store. The embellishments on this vintage black jacket somehow said teal pumpkins to me, and I was right.

teal pumpkin stiched with embroidery floss

I used a large piece of the jacket as the center to showcase all the sparkle action. I stretched the back panel of the jacket in a large embroidery hoop. Then, I attached it to the back of the wreath using hot glue. Look at all that beading and detail.

detail of teal pumpkin ornament

Small accent pumpkins were added to one side for good measure. To make them, I used circles of the jacket stuffed with batting. Then, I cinched them into ribbing with embroidery floss. I also added gold stems as finishing touches.

Tuxedo Black wreath decorations

It’s an uptown chic spin on my usual teal pumpkin project decorations. A little less obvious than a plain pumpkin, but with a whole lot of sparkle.

This Halloween, be sure to decorate with teal pumpkins. Or, make the movement your inspiration for your wreaths and trees. Don’t forget to stock up on allergen-free treats for the kids. Better yet, give out stickers, pencils, or bubbles instead of candy. This mom of a little one with food allergies will thank you!

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