A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I had nearly ruined a pumpkin in an attempt to create this Crayon Art Pumpkin. Well, I couldn’t just let that pumpkin go to waste. I wanted to find a way to make it usable, but I knew I would somehow need to cover the entire top of the pumpkin. So, I decided to make a fun Halloween glitter pumpkin. I even went one step further and added some stripes to it. It was super easy to put together, and it is now totally worthy of display.
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The photo doesn’t really do justice to the damage that was done to the top of the pumpkin. There are glue remnants, a bit of color from the crayons, and a partially bubbled surface due to the heat. Not pretty.
So, the first thing I did was paint some stripes on the pumpkin. I had some Rustoleum black oil base paint on hand from a previous project, so I just used that. It maybe wasn’t the most ideal choice, but it worked just fine. Using a small craft paint brush that I had in my closet, I painted vertically along the grooves of the pumpkin. This helped insure that my lines stayed straight. I didn’t worry too much about them all being the exact same width. I just eye-balled it the best I could.
Once the first coat was dry, I touched up a bit with a second coat. It didn’t need a full second coat. I just filled in a few thin spots.
After the paint was completely dry, I spread quick dry tacky glue all over the top half of the pumpkin. I just used my finger to spread it around, and I purposely let some of the glue drip, so that the edge of the glitter would be uneven.
While the glue was still wet, I sprinkled purple glitter all over it, making sure it was fully coated. I know that the traditional Halloween colors are black and orange, but I wanted something a little different. Plus, I just like purple better than orange. Make sure you have a paper towel or paper underneath the pumpkin in order to catch the excess glitter. Then, you can dump the extra back into the jar without wasting it.
At first, I didn’t take the glue all the way to the stem of the pumpkin. Once I had shaken the excess glitter off, though, I didn’t like the way it looked.
So, I added a bit of glue near the stem, which allowed the glitter to cover the top of the pumpkin completely.
Voila! From practically ruined, to super cute Halloween decor.