Last year in December I took my remaining pumpkins and gourds and painted them to become Christmas decorations. This year, I broke out the glitter and got started a little early. I’ve had a couple of requests to post a tutorial for my Santa gourds, but I’m not quite making those yet. I did take pictures today of how I made glittery pumpkins, which will serve as decorations for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Start with mini-pumpkins, which also can be called Jack-be-Little pumpkins. Choose pumpkins that are nicely shaped and without soft spots, and try to get ones with long stems, since they’ll be easiest to hang on to.
Spread craft glue on the pumpkin with a paint brush. You can paint it all at once while you hold the stem, or you can do it in two or three different sections.
Hold the pumpkin over a bowl and sprinkle it with glitter. Today, I used gold, orange and maroon glitter to make pumpkins in fall colors.
*Warning: If you need to sneeze, turn away! I sneezed right over the bowl and glitter went everywhere. I can only imagine how messy this project will be when I have little helpers.
Let the pumpkins dry completely while sitting on newspaper. Use them for decoration around the house, but check them regularly to make sure they’re not rotting.
Do you have a favorite way to decorate pumpkins?