I wanted to mention these little glitter pumpkins for those of you looking for some fall crafts with the kiddos.
The girls and I actually made these last year and we did a few more this year for Halloween.
I really loved how these turned out and they are really simple to do. They are much prettier in person and the glitter really sparkles in sunlight or in the evening with just a porchlight.
You just need 3 things to make these pumpkins and you can do them in several different colors. I think they are perfect for fall/Thanksgiving decorations or Halloween and you can use fake pumpkins or real pumpkins.
These pumpkins are artificial and I bought them last year at Michael’s for about $5 each. You can find pumpkins cheaper at the Target Dollar Spot or the Dollar Store but I have found the better quality pumpkins look much, much better then the cheaper pumpkins. You will get a nicer stem, more realistic colors and a diversity of sizes and shapes.
(Note: The ones above were not stored very well…ahem…. and I didn’t touch them up. They still look fantastic a year later!)
To do this process, you need either live or artificial pumpkins. You want to essentially paint some sort of adhesive onto the pumpkins in nice even lines.
I used Martha Stewart glitter glue but I think Elmer’s glue, spray adhesive or Mod Podge would work as well.
- I laid my pumpkins out on craft paper (or a paper plate depending on the size).
- I worked in sections around the pumpkin but the glue dries quickly so just do a section, pour glitter to cover the section well and then move on to the next section until you are finished. For a smaller size pumpkin, you can probably do it all at once.
- You can either fold the craft paper or a paper plate and pour the excess glitter right back into the container.
- I didn’t touch the stems but you can paint them brown or green if you like.
The glitter is important to get a super sparkly pumpkin. I like Martha Stewart glitter because it comes in gorgeous bronzey, orangey, mustardy colors and it is super fine.
One warning though is that super fine glitter does tend to stick to everything so be careful transporting your pumpkins around.
This year I did real pumpkins for the front porch. These photos don’t do the pumpkins justice- they really sparkle and look fantastic.
I also got a tip from HGTV magazine to use metallic gold spray paint on pumpkins and I did that to a third one. I think it looks great.
I just used painters tape on the stem and sprayed with a gold Krylon spray paint and voila! It dries really fast.
I did just see on the Krylon web site that they make glitter spray paint that might make this even simpler to do!
I am pretty sure the glitter pumpkin idea originally came from Martha Stewart last year.
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