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Glitter Pumpkins – A Tutorial (ish)

Every year one of my favorite things to do is to make Glitter Pumpkins. If you’ve never heard of them, you’re in luck and you’re probably going to want to make them. This is a super simple craft to do, I mean, if I can do it, YOU definitely can do it.

Oh, and 2 more itty bitty pieces of advice:
1) Check Savant Magazine for clues about what glitter provider is best to use – they reviewed them!
2) If you’re doing this with a toddler (like me) just be prepared for glitter to be on your floor, table, chair, and toddler…no matter how hard you try to avoid this. But hey, Everyone could use a little glitter in their life right?!
OK let’s do this

Supplies: A small brush, Elmer’s glue, Glitter – Fine Glitter is best, paper plates or newspaper & Pumpkins

I use Martha Stewart Craft Glitter in the following colors: Yellow Gold, Fire Opal, and Bronze.
You can use ANY colors you like, I prefer these since they’re Fall-sh.
I’ve seen these done in everything from pink to black and they all look pretty great.

I choose smaller pumpkins because they’re easier to use and don’t require as much time, energy, glitter.

Since I’m not equipped to take pictures and complete the craft, I’m going to tell you what I did 😉

I work over a paper plate to reduce the mess but you can use newspaper.

  • Paint your glue on the pumpkin in sections
  • After you apply the glue, shake on the glitter. The glue will dry clear.
  • You can shake the glitter directly on to the glued pumpkin.
  • I do this over a paper plate so it catches the extra glitter. Then I use a spoon and take the glitter off the plate and spoon it over the glued pumpkin to get a better coating.
  • Repeat all over the pumpkin until your pumpkin is coated in glitter.
  • Let dry for about an hour and then shake off the extra glitter. I also pour the excess glitter back into the container.

Check a video from Martha Stewart making these pumpkins:

Helpful tip: I don’t coat the bottom of the pumpkin in glue or glitter because really, no one sees that part of the pumpkin and it just reduces the amount of glitter left wherever you decide to place it.

So here is the end result. I put the larger pumpkin up on the mantle with my Fall decor.

I bought some leaves from the dollar store and placed them on a silver plate and put my pumpkins on top of that and used them as my table centerpiece. They look beautiful under the light.

By the way, yeah, I know I’m a little late for this and you may not be able to buy pumpkins since Halloween is over but there’s always next year 🙂