How to make glittered pumpkins

September 23, 2011  ·  Posted under DIY holiday decor, Halloween

How to make FABULOUS glittered pumpkins for Halloween!

Earlier in the week I found some glittery pumpkins on Pinterest that just about knocked my socks off! I must make some glitter pumpkins of my own this year, so I wanted to find some tips on how to go about it. A bit of web-searching later and I found that everyone agrees on the basic technique, which is:

1. Spread a layer of white glue or mod podge over a small pumpkin
2. Hold the pumpkin over a paper plate, newspaper, or wax paper to catch excess glitter
3. Sprinkle glitter over the pumpkin, covering completely
4. Let dry, then shake off excess glitter

But, I found lots of helpful hints online, too:

Martha Stewart says to use a real pumpkin, and to also coat pumpkin stems with brown acrylic paint. Then, the pumpkins will last for several weeks to several months. Meanwhile, BHG recommends using faux pumpkins so that they can be reused year after year.

Allison at A Glimpse Inside says to work in small sections, otherwise the glue may dry out before you get the glitter in place. Andrea at Oasis Accents has a way to get around how pricey glitter can be – check the dollar store and you might get lucky!

And, the glitter experts at Art Glitter recommend prepping your faux pumpkins by applying a thin layer of adhesive, letting it dry, and then following the instructions above. (You can download Art Glitter’s detailed instructions sheet here.)

I also read in several places that you’d better be prepared for a glitter explosion if you take this project on, because glitter has such a way of spreading… but who says that’s a bad thing, right?!

The super-fabulous purple pumpkin photo is courtesy of Sarah at Rhinestones and Telephones, who also has an Etsy shop. Thanks Sarah!

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  1. 1
    Saturday, September 24th, 2011 at 4:59 am
    Rhinestonesandtelephones says:
    Thanks for featuring my photo! Much appreciated! We'll be making these again this year, but definitely some in pink and aqua glitter! :)
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      Saturday, September 24th, 2011 at 4:09 pm
      Heather - Chickabug says:
      Pink and aqua would be TOTALLY fabulous!! If you do make them, I'd love to see! : )
  2. 2
    Saturday, September 24th, 2011 at 9:34 pm
    Leslie Duran says:
    So sparkly, love it!
  3. 3
    Saturday, September 24th, 2011 at 10:02 pm
    Andrea@Oasis Accents says:
    Thank you for the mention =)
  4. 4
    Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 at 2:11 am
    Leslie says:
    I’ve
    seen these so many times over...but I’m just waiting for a year when
    the little one is old enough to really help with the project and not
    turn a glitter explosion into glitter armageddon!
    • 4.1
      Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 11:14 pm
      Heather - Chickabug says:
      LOL!! I'm totally late catching up with my comments (eek) but I have to tell you I just honest-to-goodness laughed out loud at the idea of a glitter armageddon! What would THAT look like, I wonder?! ; )
  5. 5
    Saturday, October 1st, 2011 at 2:13 pm
    Heather - Chickabug says:
    That is awesome! I'm going to have to try this IMMEDIATELY. : ) Thank you!!
  6. 6
    Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 8:58 pm
    Karisa says:
    Hi Heather! I love this tutorial :) I just wanted to let you know I've included it in our DIY Halloween round up on FaveCraftsBlog: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/link-love-diy-halloween/

    Please let me know if you'd be interested in publishing craft projects/tutorials with us!
  7. 7
    Friday, September 14th, 2012 at 10:12 pm
    Christy says:
    Beautiful! Will be doing this project for this upcoming Halloween!Thanks for such an awesome fun activity to do with the family :)
  8. 8
    Friday, September 14th, 2012 at 10:12 pm
    Christy says:
    Beautiful! Will be doing this project for this upcoming Halloween!Thanks for such an awesome fun activity to do with the family :)
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    Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 8:54 pm
    ladybug says:
    I love everything here. My cousin and I do arts and crafts and I know she and I will find this page very useful.
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      Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 3:22 pm
      Heather says:
      Thank you! I hope you do! : )
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    Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at 8:25 am
    Susan Vannoy says:
    What an awesome idea! Hope to do this with my granddaughters this year for Halloween!!! They love glitter!