Easily Glam Up Your Fall Decorations With These Glittering Leaf Pumpkins
Pretty enough to display from Halloween until Thanksgiving, these glitzy pumpkins are a snap to make using just leaves from the backyard, glue and metallic glitter.
- freshly cut leaves (maple, oak or any leaf from your backyard with an interesting shape)
- school glue
- chip brush
- copper extra-fine glitter
- copper permanent marker or paint pen
- Kraft paper or newsprint
- small bowl or plate
Prep Work Area and Gather Leaves
Cover your work surface with paper. Then, head outdoors with scissors in hand to snip a few still-green leaves to use as stamps for applying the glue. Make sure to only gather fresh, pliable leaves, not ones that have already started to curl at the ends or are dried-out and brittle.
Brush Glue Onto Leaf
Pour a small amount of glue into a shallow container, like a small bowl or plate. Dip chip brush into glue, then brush glue onto leaf. Immediately press the leaf, glue-side-down, onto the pumpkin.
Remove the leaf from the pumpkin by its stem and immediately shake on glitter, fully covering the area with the leaf-shaped glue stamp. When you feel that all the glue has been covered with glitter, tap the pumpkin to remove the excess glitter. Continue stamping the pumpkin with glue-covered leaves, then shaking on glitter till you’re happy with the design. Tip: Vary each leaf's direction so the overall effect is that of falling leaves. Once glue has dried, you can brush off any errant glitter to create more defined leaf shapes.
Add Stems and Display
Using a permanent marker or paint pen, draw stems onto each of the leaves (Image 1). Vary the direction of the stems to give the leaves more of a feeling of movement. Display your completed pumpkins either indoors or outdoors during dry weather (Images 2 and 3).