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Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Pumpkin

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.

This glitter pumpkin was so easy to make, and it turned out so cute. It's a unique and fun addition to your Halloween decor.

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Supplies Needed

    1. Faux white pumpkin
    2. Black Paint
    3. Paintbrush
    4. Quick Dry Tacky Glue
    5. Glitter

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.

This glitter pumpkin was so easy to make, and it turned out so cute. It's a unique and fun addition to your Halloween decor.

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.

This glitter pumpkin was so easy to make, and it turned out so cute. It's a unique and fun addition to your Halloween decor.

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.  

This glitter pumpkin was so easy to make, and it turned out so cute. It's a unique and fun addition to your Halloween decor.

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.

This glitter pumpkin was so easy to make, and it turned out so cute. It's a unique and fun addition to your Halloween decor.

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.  

This glitter pumpkin was so easy to make, and it turned out so cute. It's a unique and fun addition to your Halloween decor.

So, I added a bit of glue near the stem, which allowed the glitter to cover the top of the pumpkin completely.

This glitter pumpkin was so easy to make, and it turned out so cute. It's a unique and fun addition to your Halloween decor.

Voila!  From practically ruined, to super cute Halloween decor.

This glitter pumpkin was so easy to make, and it turned out so cute. It's a unique and fun addition to your Halloween decor.

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21 Comments

    1. Thanks, Mary! I’m just glad I could salvage the pumpkin. 🙂 Glitter is always a good solution, right?!

  1. What a cute way to dress up a plain pumpkin Amy! I like how you added the stripes along with the glitter, very original. I’ve been wanting to find some pumpkins to makeover. Just haven’t made it to Dollar Tree yet. .

    1. Thanks, Linda! I bet the Dollar Tree is a great place to get pumpkins! I never thought of that. Have fun with whatever pumpkin projects you come up with!

    1. Thank you, Florence! Yep, glitter fixes everything, right?! 😀 So glad I could salvage it!

  2. I’m so glad you could save the pumpkin Amy and it turned out great. It’s so refreshing to see a pop of bright colors when everyone else seems to be sharing orange, red and gold in Fall

    1. Thanks, Michelle! Truthfully, I’m not all that crazy about the traditional fall colors. So, I’m glad I went with something a bit atypical for this project. I’m happy with the way it turned out. 🙂

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