Getting Crafty: Glitter Pumpkins

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I was inspired for this Halloween/fall craft by Cosmopolitan’s “17 No-Carve Ways to Pimp Your Pumpkin for Halloween” article. As anyone who reads my blog knows, I LOVE shiny, sparkly things, and especially gold things. So I decided to “pimp my pumpkins” with shiny gold and cool, matte black.

Before
Before

 

First, buy mini pumpkins. Ralph’s had these for just $1 each. I got various sizes to mix it up. You’ll also need:

  • Black matte spray paint
  • Gold metallic spray paint
  • Gold glitter
  • Other glitter (I used Halloween orange)
  • Tacky glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Boxes, newspaper, Hefty bags, anything to keep spray paint away

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I had Ramsay spray paint the pumpkins for me, since I have never spray painted before and I was terrified of ruining our balcony. He was very cautious, putting down several layers of Hefty trash bags and using 2 boxes to protect the walls against any spray. He also used food handlers’ gloves so that the paint wouldn’t get on his hands and wore an old t-shirt of mine that he also held over his nose. The fumes are insane! I had no idea spray-painting was such an ordeal, so I’m happy I had him to help!

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The set-up

After a few coats of spray paint, we let the pumpkins dry outside overnight..

The next day!
The next day!

 

Next, I brought the pumpkins inside and set them on a magazine page-lined table. I left two of the chalkboard black matte pumpkins the way they were, and two of the shiny gold pumpkins the same. I painted ;on tacky glue to the tops and half of the sides of the pumpkins, and made two orange glitter pumpkins and two gold glitter ones. To do this, just dump glitter over the glued pumpkin (and over some paper). Then shake the pumpkin to rid it of excess glitter. Take the paper beneath and funnel the loose glitter back into the glitter jar. Voila!

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These pumpkins are super cute and festive. I’m going to set them all over the house, one or two at a time in different areas, rather than keep them in one place. But you could also stack them all on a balcony or patio, put them all in a basket, line a fireplace mantle, etc. You could also use different colors of spray paint, different kinds of glitter or skip the glitter entirely. The possibilities are endless!

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Before glitter

 

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