Sure, carving pumpkins is a traditional way to prepare for Halloween- but let’s face it: there’s a lot of good reasons to switch it up.
- Pumpkins don’t smell amazing. Maybe you’ve never noticed this, but if you refrigerate your pumpkins for a day after carving them, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Or, if you have to dig deep in that pumpkin to light the candle inside, you know.
- You don’t have the time. Even if you have kids, having interior decor that isn’t on a slow path to rotten vegetation is pretty nice. Every year, just pull these babies out and feel festive- instantly.
- Buying new pumpkins every year is an unnecessary weight on my wallet. Why pay every single year to do the same thing? Instead, all you have to do is open up a box of holiday decor, pull these suckers out, and viola, you’ll look like Martha Stewart (minus the jail time).
You get it. It’s a great idea. So without further adieu, here’s the easiest way to make glittery pumpkins in ANY shape or size!
What You’ll Need:
Plastic Cutting Board
Scotch ‘Spray Mount’ Light Duty Adhesive
Halloween Candy (because obviously you need to get in the Halloween spirit first)
Step 1. First things first, buy yourself some pumpkins. (And excuse the lighting in these photos).
Step 2. Get that tape ready. As you can see, I used a plastic cutting board as my surface. I figured that wood might leave some tiny fibers in the tape and effect its ability to stick to the pumpkin, so I decided on a thick plastic cutting board that an X-acto knife couldn’t cut through. Key word: could NOT. You don’t want to learn that the hard way. I laid the tape down in two directions (vertical and horizontal) to give it more stability so it wouldn’t fall right apart when I lifted it up.
Step 3. Trace your design. For my first pumpkin, I wanted to do a monogram M- and for the second, I made a leaf pattern. Same process for both: trace it from something else, or draw it freehand. If you’re not a talented artist, you can print out the shape you want, place is over the middle of the tape area, and then- using a Sharpie- bleed the ink through the paper in a series of dots that you can then connect. Pro Tip: smaller images are more easily transferrable.
Step 4. Outline your shape. An X-acto knife is a great tool to get those tiny, precise areas. Just be careful, or you’ll turn your craft zone into a real-life horror movie. I decided to do this project with two different shapes- one (the one in the photos) was a monogram, and the other one (seen at the end) was leaves. The tape will only stick a max of two times, though, so if you’re doing a smaller shape and multiple repetitions (like the leaves), be prepared to use a few of these tape stencils.
Step 5. Remove the inside. I used the tip of the X-acto knife to help with this one, so I wouldn’t create any bumps in the tiny, precise areas. It makes the whole process so much easier.
Step 6. Transfer your design to the pumpkin. Depending on the size of the pumpkin, you might need to make some adjustments. Have some extra painter’s tape on hand so that you can fix and snafus. This is also an opportune moment for a candy break (as you can see below). Make sure that the inside edges (anywhere the glitter will touch) are sealed tightly. Otherwise glitter and glue can get underneath and mess up your perfect design.
Step 7. Spray a layer of the adhesive (trust me, I tried plain glue and Modge Podge and it was nowhere near as effective). Then sprinkle a layer of glitter. Pro Tip: do it over a paper plate to make cleanup way easier and allow yourself to re-use the glitter. I let it sit for maybe thirty seconds then tapped the pumpkin to get the excess glitter off.
Step 8: Repeat step 7. I did two coats to make sure the glitter was thick enough to be well visible but not chunky.
Step 9. Let the thing dry. Give it 10-15 minutes, just to be safe. This is another great time for a Halloween candy break.
Step 10. Remove the tape stencil. Do it slowly, so you don’t disturb any more glitter than you need to. And…viola!