DIY Glitter Pumpkins for Fall

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The beginning of fall is one of the most exciting times of the year. With it comes sweater weather, colorful leaves, and pumpkin spice everything! Its also the time of year when gardens are looking their best, the flowers have all filled in , and everything just looks so beautiful. Today, we’re doing a tutorial on how to dress up your front steps or porch with some glitter pumpkins!  The great things about these beauties is that they’re eye-catching, and can be used again year after year.

Materials:

The pumpkins pictured here, are from Michael’s, and they come in 13”, 9”, and 6.5”. They also come in different shapes (flat, long, and round) and colors (black, white, and orange). I’ve also seen Craft pumpkins available at Target, Walmart, and some people have even found them at Kroger!

Polka Dot Glitter Pumpkins:

  1. Prepare your materials: Here I used the 6.5” white, round pumpkin, a round stippling brush, mod podge, and extra fine gold glitter.
  2. Dip the round brush in your mod podge, so it’s covering the entire circular area.

3. Use the flat foam brush to scrape any excess off the round brush. The mod podge should not be dripping at all.

4. Use the stippling brush, and press lightly to make a circular print with the mod podge near the top of your pumpkin. You can twist the brush slightly to make the coat a little more even, but DO NOT press down hard on the brush. This will make your circle look uneven or blotchy.

5. Evenly space more dots in a single column down the pumpkin

6. Add glitter to the spots where you’ve applied mod podge. You can be generous with the glitter—and collect what falls off for later use. I was working on paper in a box, but you could also work on newspaper to keep your area clean and collect all your extra glitter. Tap off all the extra glitter on the pumpkin. You may still have some glitter sticking to your pumpkin, but that’s ok! Leave it—resist the urge to dust it off- you will ruin your dots if you do!

7. Add a second column of dots, placing them in between the dots of the first

column, and add more glitter!

8. Add mod podge and glitter following the spacing in the first and second

rows all around the pumpkin.

 

Do not dust any of the extra glitter off until the mod podge is completely dry!

9. Allow the pumpkin to dry for at least 3 hours.

10. When the pumpkin is dry, you can use a dry paint brush to dust all the extra glitter off the pumpkin

11. Spray with a clear sealer to make it weatherproof.

12. Display your new polka dot, glitter, pumpkin

 

 

Striped Pumpkin:

  1. Prepare your materials: Here I used the 9” white, flat pumpkin, a flat foam brush, mod podge, and extra fine gold glitter.

2. Use the foam brush to paint the area in between the ridges of the pumpkin. You can use painters tape if you really want smooth, crisp lines, but I just free handed it and they turned out fine.

3. Glitter each section as you go. I opted to do every other section in gold. If you plan on adding more colors of glitter, allow the mod podge to dry between each color.

4. Allow the pumpkin to dry for at least 3 hours.

5. When the pumpkin is dry, you can use a dry paint brush to dust all the extra glitter off the pumpkin.

6. Spray with a clear sealer to make it weatherproof

7. Display your new striped, glitter, pumpkin

 

These are the pumpkins right before getting sprayed with clear gloss

 

And here are the pumpkins on my front steps, with another pumpkin I decorated with my Silhouette Cameo, in metallic copper vinyl. These pumpkins give my entry way a nice touch and pairs well with the blooming joe pye weed in the fore ground. Happy fall y’all, and happy crafting!

One thought on “DIY Glitter Pumpkins for Fall

  1. This was an awesome tutorial! This set up would look great in my front porch as well. The kids would have a blast doing this project too! Thanks, I will have to try it this fall! 🙃👍🏼👌🏼

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