October 8, 2010

Glittered Fall Pumpkins

Hi friends! I’m running around San Francisco this weekend, trying to keep up with Jenny at Picky Palate at the BlogHer food event! :) While I’m away, my other friend Jenny is taking over my blog for a fun fall tutorial. Take it away, Jenny!

Glittered Fall Pumpkins

I am so excited that Amanda is trusting me to take over her blog today. I was the lucky winner of the L.A. trip contest and was taken on a whirlwind vacation with Amanda. We had such a great time in L.A. together; I don’t think words can describe it. Our trip started our friendship, and it continues to grow daily. A couple of weekends ago we had another adventure together in Atlanta. We hit up all the eatery hot spots, shopped, got pampered and ended the day with a fun double date with our hubbies.

During our countless conversations, I was telling Amanda how I enjoy recreating items I see in magazines or stores for less. When I was telling her this, I could see the wheels turning in her head… then she asked if I would do a tutorial for her blog. At first I was tempted to say, “Are you crazy? NO!” but then, how can you say no to someone as sweet as Amanda. So here I am, my very first blog post ever and I’m nervous… so bear with me!

Glittered Fall Pumpkins

Fall is my absolute FAVORITE season. How could it not be? Pumpkins, leaves changing color, cool crisp air, being outdoors… what’s not to love? I normally make pumpkins that are completely glittered in different colors, but this year I thought it would be fun to make a design on the pumpkins. I got this idea from a magazine, but they wanted over $100 for these pumpkins! I don’t think so! With my frugal mind I figured I could make them for a lot less and just as cute.

For my pumpkins I used:

  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Black Glitter
  • Plastic Pumpkin (found at Michaels)
  • Paint Brush
  • Sharpie Pen

Glittered Fall Pumpkins

The first thing I did was draw swirls on my pumpkin with a sharpie pen.

Glittered Fall Pumpkins

Then I went back over the sharpie with Elmer’s Glue.

Glittered Fall Pumpkins

Be warned… it starts to drip so you better work fast!

Glittered Fall Pumpkins

Take your glitter and pour it all over the glue. (I only did one swirl at a time.)

Glittered Fall Pumpkins

Since my swirls didn’t come out perfect at first, I used a paintbrush to brush away glue and glitter, and clean up the lines.

Glittered Fall Pumpkins

I think the top of the pumpkin looks really cool with the glitter design.

Glittered Fall Pumpkins

Once all the swirls are dried, I put glue all over the stem and glittered.

Glittered Fall Pumpkins

I probably spent a total of $15 on both of these pumpkins. That’s a lot better than $100 for the ones I saw in the magazine, that’s for sure!

I hope everyone enjoys making these pumpkins as much as I did!

Jenny has a brand new blog at The Box and the B where she blogs about her love of decorating and DIY projects, as well as cooking, traveling, and hiking with her boston terrier Bella. Thanks for sharing this darling fall project, Jenny!

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Keep up with me while I’m in San Francisco on Twitter and Facebook – I’m posting live updates along the way. Have a great weekend! :)



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59 Comments





1
Sandy October 8, 2010 at 8:07 am

Beautiful and so simple! Thanks for sharing!

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Jessica @ How Sweet October 8, 2010 at 8:12 am

This is SUCH a cute idea! I am definitely going to be doing this!

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Molly J October 8, 2010 at 8:15 am

I love this idea, so creative! Thanks for sharing!

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Amy October 8, 2010 at 8:19 am

Awesome idea. I love doing the same thing- taking a $100 item and making it for much less in a way that I love instead of a generic from the catalog :) TFS!

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Sarah October 8, 2010 at 8:22 am

Those are so neat! I’m going to try it–I saw some of those plastic pumpkins at the dollar store and glitter abounds at my daycare!!!

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peamissy October 8, 2010 at 8:35 am

This is a super fun project. I plan to copy it!! You did a great job on the blog posting too! Thanks for this great idea.

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Kelly October 8, 2010 at 8:36 am

Very pretty and great idea!! I will have to try it next year.

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Shannon October 8, 2010 at 8:53 am

Ohh! I love swirls, and I love pumpkins . . . this is just perfect! I can’t wait to try this!! Thanks for sharing!

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Amanda Walker October 8, 2010 at 8:54 am

I also saw something like this in a magazine last year and wondered how they did it! Thank you so much for for sharing! I guess I will be at Michael’s again tonight:) I so have to do this project.

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Tracy Eau Claire October 8, 2010 at 9:01 am

Your pumpkins came out beautiful! Thanks for sharing your steps.

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Mel K October 8, 2010 at 9:03 am

Thanks Jenny! I’ll be having a go at this cute project..

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TidyMom October 8, 2010 at 9:04 am

I love this look…….and SO simple to do!! Thanks for sharing!!

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Wendy October 8, 2010 at 9:05 am

I absolutely love this idea and will be doing it very soon!

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laura kent October 8, 2010 at 9:07 am

How cute!!!!!!!!!!! I’m gonna try it!

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Esther October 8, 2010 at 9:18 am

Darling pumpkins and what a fun project!!!!

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Marcie Evans October 8, 2010 at 9:31 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

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Lori F October 8, 2010 at 9:36 am

Finally an idea to do with those plastic pumpkins I’m seeing everywhere! I love this and I’m a big fan of swirls so I’m totally doing this! What other things have you seen with those plastic pumpkins to do? Carving (scares me!)?

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NANCY GRIFFIN October 8, 2010 at 9:44 am

WHAT A GREAT IDEA FOR YOUR PUMPKIN. THAT WOULD MAKE IT LAST A LOT LONGER.

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Linda October 8, 2010 at 9:46 am

Neat idea, want to try it!!!

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Debi October 8, 2010 at 9:46 am

Awesome Job Jenny, I just love those. I am going to make them this weekend…. Thanks for the idea….

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Ashley H. October 8, 2010 at 9:47 am

Love it! I am definitely trying the swirls and a personalized one for my son. Good job…I’ll be keeping up with your blog, Jenny!

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Kristi October 8, 2010 at 10:18 am

I LOVE these!!!! :) Thanks for sharing.

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kelley @ the eclectic owl October 8, 2010 at 10:37 am

So cute Jenny! I love how they turned out! I’m really diggy all the chic pumpkins this year :)

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Sharie October 8, 2010 at 10:38 am

Great job Jenny! Thanks Amanda, I am sure you’re having a great time!!
My friends and I have a pumpkin carving party planned with our kids. Now my friends and I will be doing our own grown-up project along side them!!
Thanks.
Lurve it!!

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CAROL October 8, 2010 at 11:06 am

What a cute & fun idea. I was just thinking, has anyone tried this on real pumpkins? It probably wouldn’t come out quite so perfect, but the sizes would be limitless & maybe cheaper. If I decide to try glittering the real ones, I’ll post it on my blog, but all the credit goes to you, Jenny, for the great idea!

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Celeste October 8, 2010 at 7:40 pm

That is exactly what I wonder… Can you do it on real ones? Have you tried?

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Gretchen October 8, 2010 at 11:46 am

That’s a fantastic idea! It’s perfect for those of us want the seasonal festivity but can’t be bothered to carve a pumpkin. Well done!

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Amy @ Doyouknowthemuffinpan? October 8, 2010 at 11:59 am

Great job, Jenny! The tutorial looks awesome.

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MsJoyceG October 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Love love them .. very high fashion.

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Amy J. October 8, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Super cute pumpkins!! I think I may have to try this as it so easy and cost so much less than what you can purchase out of the catalogs. That leaves me more $$ to buy more things…tee-hee!! Thanks!!

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Crave! at Work October 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

This is perfect for fall! Thanks so much for a creative idea! We’re sharing this on our Facebook page!

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Nicky October 8, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Awesome!!! My kiddos are very excited to try this…and they will last for years :) Great job with pics too….

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Debbie October 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm

This looks like a project even I could do. :)

Thanks for making it so simple. You’re doing a good job!

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Lauralee Gubler October 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm

SO so SO so VERY CUTE!!! I’m gonna copy ;) Thanks for posting such a cute and frugal idea! GO FALL!!!!

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Susan M October 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

What a wonderful and do-able project to do with my granddaughter. Thanks so much!

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lisette October 8, 2010 at 7:50 pm

this is very creative and pretty. I love it!

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Barb in FL October 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Very cute idea! Easy too! Thanks for sharing this creative alternative to carving the pumpkin!!

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Úrsula October 9, 2010 at 4:37 am

So beautiful! I really like it!!

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emily October 9, 2010 at 11:56 am

very elegant! love the idea and think i’ll give it a try. you could eliminate the drip problem by painting on the glue. i think it would be really pretty to spay paint one in gold first and add the glitter for a formal centerpiece or even cut some swirls into it too to add and additional effect with light! can’t wait to get started!

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Stefany October 9, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Jenny, you did a great job in Amanda’s absence. You shouldn’t be nervous at all. I saved your site in my fave’s and will be checking you out as well.

Thanks for the great tips.

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Michele October 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Love it!

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Brandy October 9, 2010 at 1:28 pm

You are so darn cute and fancy!

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Nancy October 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm

So adorable! I love the black glitter!

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Lauren October 9, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I love these! My mom and I made glitter pumpkins last year for the golf course she works at and we glittered the golf course logo!

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Nicolle October 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Absolutely LOVE these pumpkins….now I just have to talk my husband into letting me make them. lol :D

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cathy October 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm

so cute! i will have a pumpkin decorating night with the girls!

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Renee October 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I love this. Especially the white pumpkin. White pumpkins are my favorite! I’m reposting this and linking you in my blog. Thank you for posting this adorable project.

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Wendy October 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I love this project and may just have to give this a go! Thanks for sharing :)

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Amanda, when you get back, would you tell us more about BlogHer and how to get involved with that?

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Christina October 10, 2010 at 11:17 pm

OMG!!! I loooove these!! great idea!

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Amanda Moscoe October 11, 2010 at 7:48 am

I love love love these! I am heading to Michaels today for paint…and will be picking up some pumpkins! :) (And great job on your first blog post)!

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Amanda Sevall October 11, 2010 at 11:12 am

Super cute!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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Leslie October 11, 2010 at 11:51 am

Darling idea! Can’t wait to make my own!

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm

OMG These are amazing! Wait until I show my 11-year old! We love decorating pumpkins!

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mjrooney October 12, 2010 at 9:43 am

My daughter used this as a project at a community fair and it was a huge success -Thanks

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Sarah October 14, 2010 at 9:21 am

These are too cute! I’m having a pumpkin carving party this weekend…but maybe I will have to change it to “pumpkin glittering” Thanks!

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Rachelle October 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm

So chic! I love it. I have always used a brush like you did to brush away the excess glitter but I was just reading about doing glitter painting on Martha Stewart’s site and it suggested using canned air to blow away the stray glitter. I thought that was a great idea and this project immediately came to mind and wanted to pass the tip along.

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Rachel October 20, 2010 at 11:18 pm

found you through rachel’s graspingforobjectivity…and I totally plan on doing this craft with my girls! It seems easy enough for kids, but tasteful enough to decorate with! A unique win-win!

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Barbie October 5, 2011 at 6:22 am

So simple, and would be great so the pumpkins don’t spoil like when they are carved. Thanks for sharing :)

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