final_pumpkinAlthough I am a huge fan of carving pumpkins, I wanted to try something a bit different this year.  My thought was that glitter pumpkins would be a great afternoon activity with the kids.  I was at Trader Joe’s and found gorgeous Cinderella pumpkins for $6.99 and I thought they would make beautiful glitter pumpkins.  I wanted to fill my fireplace up with festive Halloween decor, but wanted to keep the display elevated.  I thought that I would give glitter pumpkins a test run.

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Glitter Pumpkins:

Supplies: Glue (mod podge or thick glue).  I used the Martha Stewart brand that came with a brush // Powder glitter (I used Martha Stewart) – just note that you need the super fine glitter powder if you want it to stick correctly // Paintbrush – to help spread the glitter

Optional: Translucent brown acrylic paint / note that I tested out several versions of brown paint and each one needed to be water to help with the opacity.  This last step is really is just to seal the glitter and is not a necessary step.

Quick Guide:

1.  Wash the pumpkins and dry them. It is important that they are fully dry.

2.  Spread the glue on the pumpkin and make sure that all cracks have full coverage.  You want to have a thick layer of glue before you start with the glitter.

3.  Sprinkle the glitter all over the pumpkin. I used a box to contain the glitter and the mess.

4.  Let dry and then flip the pumpkin to cover the bottom with glitter.

5.  Once the pumpkin is dry and you feel like you want to add the acrylic  – paint at a very light layer and let dry.

What I learned: The size of pumpkin matters, the smaller the better.  I think that I was a bit ambitious with the size of my pumpkins and  even had to go back to the store to get a second round of glitter.  I would have used smaller pumpkins the next go around.

Glitter, glitter and more glitter – no matter how careful you are with your glitter, this project gets glitter everywhere.  I would suggest creating your pumpkins outside and get ready to be covered in glitter!

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I had to include the photos bellow as part of this post because they were taken this weekend at our yearly pilgrimage to the pumpkin patch.  We fought the super hot sun, hour drive to Nicasio and the crowds to snag a few pumpkins. We skipped out on our annual tractor and pony ride and although the visit was brief, it is a tradition that I look forward to each year.

These two best friends have been inseparable from day one and hopefully will continue their epic friendship for years to come!

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