How to Make Glittered Pumpkins
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- colored glitter
- spray adhesive
- small paintbrush
- brown craft paint
- roll of craft paper
Prepare Work Area
Put down a layer of newspaper topped with a sheet of craft paper to protect the work surface. Then select pumpkins of various sizes and colors, and decide which ones will receive which color glitter.
Apply Adhesive and Glitter
Spray the top and middle portion of a pumpkin with spray adhesive. While the glue is still wet, use a spoon to sprinkle glitter over the sticky surface of the pumpkin. Allow to dry.
Tip: Unless you want to glitter the stem, try not to spray it with adhesive. Cover it with painter's tape if necessary.
Remove Excess Glitter
Pick up the pumpkin and shake off any glitter that didn't fully adhere. Set the pumpkin aside and fold the craft paper to funnel the excess glitter back into its original container.
Save Excess Glitter Step 3b
Pick up the pumpkin and shake off any glitter that didn't fully adhere. Set the pumpkin aside and fold the craft paper to funnel the excess glitter back into its original container. After removing glittery pumpkin from paper, carefully fold sides of paper into funnel shape and dump excess glitter into cup for later use.
Glitter Bottom of Pumpkin
Place the pumpkin back on the craft paper, tipping it to the side so you can apply spray adhesive to the bottom. Spoon on glitter until the entire surface of the pumpkin is covered. Allow adhesive to dry, then shake off remaining excess glitter.
Optional: Skip this step and only cover the top of the pumpkin, if you'd prefer.
Shake off Excess Glitter Step 4
Place the pumpkin back on the craft paper, tipping it to the side so you can apply spray adhesive to the bottom. Spoon on glitter until the entire surface of the pumpkin is covered. After covering pumpkin with orange glitter, pick up pumpkin and shake, getting excess glitter off. Be sure to catch glitter in piece of paper. Optional: Skip this step and only cover the top of the pumpkin, if you'd prefer.
Use a small paintbrush to apply brown craft paint to the stem of the pumpkin to help it really stand out.
Cut out a mask shape from felt, or click here to download a template for the mask seen here and others; print it and cut it out. Trace it onto black felt, then cut out the mask shape and eyes. Glue a piece of black twine to each end of the mask and tie it around the pumpkin. Felt: 12" x 12" wool felt square in black, $1.50, tadaastudio.com; Twine: Bead Landing hemp cord in black, $2 for 8 yards, michaels.com
Cut out a bat wing shape on stiff black felt, or click here to download the template for the wings; print it and cut it out. Trace the template onto two pieces of stiff black felt, then cut out the wing shapes. Tape a toothpick to the back of each wing, leaving the end of the pick exposed. Stick the toothpicks into opposite sides of the pumpkin. Felt: E-Z Felt 12" x 18" sheets in black, $6 for a set of 6, dickblick.com
Tape off the stem with painter’s tape and spray-paint the pumpkin white; let dry. In a cup, mix four colors of foil confetti. Set the pumpkin in a separate cup, stem side down, and brush matte Mod Podge over its bottom. Sprinkle the confetti over it; let dry, then remove the tape. Paint: Titanium White by Liquitex; Confetti: Foil confetti in light blue, dark blue, silver, and teal, $1.50 for 1 1/2 ounces, factorydirectparty.com
Break off and discard the pumpkin stem, then spray-paint the pumpkin red; let dry. Paint dots with white crafts paint; let dry. Paint a furniture leg or foot with white crafts paint; let dry. For the tall mushroom, carve a hole where the stem was so the leg can fit inside. For the short mushroom, just place the pumpkin on top of the foot. Add a few dabs of glue to secure each pumpkin. Paint: Ketchup by Montana Gold; Crafts paint: Martha Stewart Crafts satin acrylic crafts paint in wedding cake, $2 for 2 ounces, michaels.com; Wood foot and leg: Beech-Birch-Hickory Classic 1 7/8"-tall wood bun foot, $3, and Waddell Mixed Round Taper 5 1/2"-tall wood table leg, $4, both lowes.com
Break off and discard the pumpkin stem, then paint the entire pumpkin cream; let dry. Paint the “icing” on top of the pumpkin; let dry. For “sprinkles,” glue bugle beads onto the top using crafts glue. Crafts paint: FolkArt premium acrylic paint in warm white (cream “cake”), tickled pink (pink “icing”), and asphaltum (brown “icing”), $2 for 2 ounces, plaidonline.com; Beads: For a similar look, try Czech glass bugle beads, $3 for a mixed set of 330, simplypie.etsy.com.