How to Make Glittered Pumpkins

Shake up your Halloween decor with these colorful glittered pumpkins. A great project for kids, creating these sparkling pumpkins is quick, easy and fun. Plus, since the pumpkins remain whole, they'll last much longer than carved ones.
Glitter Pumpkins

Glitter Pumpkins

Shake up your Halloween decor with these colorful glittered pumpkins. A great project for kids, creating these sparkling pumpkins is quick, easy and fun. Plus, since the pumpkins remain whole, they'll last much longer than carved ones.

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Materials Needed:

  • pumpkins
  • colored glitter
  • spoon
  • spray adhesive
  • small paintbrush
  • brown craft paint
  • roll of craft paper
  • newspaper

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.

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

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.

Paint Stem

Use a small paintbrush to apply brown craft paint to the stem of the pumpkin to help it really stand out.

Paint the Pumpkin Stem Step 5

Paint the Pumpkin Stem Step 5

Use a small paintbrush to apply brown craft paint to the stem of the pumpkin to help it really stand out.

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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Felt Masks

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

Photo By: Ben Goldstein

Bat Wings

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

Photo By: Ben Goldstein

Confetti

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

Photo By: Ben Goldstein

Mushrooms

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

Photo By: Ben Goldstein

Googly Eyes

Hot-glue two googly eyes to the top of a pumpkin. Repeat with other pumpkins, then set them in teacups so the eyes peek out. Googly eyes: Accent Design googly wiggle eyes, $1.50 for a set of 42, createforless.com

Photo By: Ben Goldstein

Donuts

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.

Photo By: Ben Goldstein

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