Glitz on a pumpkin…is that like lipstick on a pig! Well not quite…but when a pumpkin looks this glamorous, with just the right amount of sparkle,who knows what could happen…hello Cinderella.
So let’s get busy and decide just how much glam and glitz we want to add to our festivities.
There’s just so many creative ideas on decorating these plump little beauties, it can really make your head spin. But the best part of this project is, we’ll be using fake pumpkins, which will not only be easy on the budget but will last longer than the real ones.
So take a few minutes to read through the process and see how simple it is to do.
For now, all you need is a glass of your favorite beverage, then nestle into your favorite chair and give it a peek. I’ll check in with you after, so we can talk about some options.
Disposable cups (to pour the salts)
Disposable tray, pan, plate (to catch the Epsom salts) We used a small foil roasting pan from the dollar store.
Newspaper or craft paper to protect your work surface.
Cover Up: Spread the newspaper or craft paper over your work surface.
Disposable cups: pour some glue in one cup and Epsom salts in another cup—set aside.
Tip: For small to medium pumpkins visually divide into half, and do one section at a time, (glue then sprinkle).
For larger pumpkins visually divide the pumpkin into quarters, and do one section at a time, (glue then sprinkle).
Glue the pumpkin – Dip the sponge brush into the glue and coat one section of the pumpkin, top to bottom, with the glue…be generous with a the nice thick coat… but don’t let it run or clump.
You’ll do the other sections later, one at a time, it’s much easier to handle and you’ll get a better finished product.
2. Glitz time – While the glue is still wet, hold the pumpkin over the tray/pan or plate. Then using the spoon, sprinkle the Epsom salts over the glued area, repeat with the sprinkles again if necessary, till you are satisfied with the coverage. Be sure to use the salt that fell into the try/pan…no need to waste it.
3. Allow your pumpkin to dry for about 1-2 hours…or until you can handle it without the Epsom salts falling off. Then do the remaining sections.
4. For the remaining sections: repeat steps 1 and 2 (glue then sprinkle), and allow to dry completely.
How simple is that!
Fresh pumpkins, you ask? Well if the skin is kept intact and you seal your freshly painted pumpkin with a clear acrylic craft spray, they can last several months if their kept in a cool dry place. But the dampness of a porch and the heat from inside the home makes it difficult, but all you can do is give it a try to see how it works for you.
Here are a few other design options to consider :
Use a plain white fake pumpkin & colored Epsom salts (tinted with food coloring) or
Regular fake pumpkin and glitter…gold, silver or copper.
Here’s the glitter version you might like to try. I spotted this on the site below, it’s just so simple and great to do on the little pumpkins. When done just pop them on top of a candlestick or every some nice stemmed glasses turned upside down and wala, how nice is that! For how-to-do click here.
“Autumn Leaf, Mason Jar Candle Holder”
How nice would these look along side your glitzy pumpkins to show off that sparkle? For how-to, click here.
Use a taller vase and candle, with the leaves along the bottom, if you need the height for your decor.
Okay, let’s visualize this tablescape. Take your favorite cake stand, add a layer of silk greenery on the top (maybe faux pine branches), then place your medium or large glitzy pumpkin on top of that. If you have some faux berries or pine cones, scattered them around your pumpkin, ooh, that’s starting to look pretty nice. Now hang on , we need to add the row of mason candle holders, or the large vases with candles along each side of your pumpkin cake stand and straddle more greenery and berries among them…can you see it? Me too…maybe we’re onto something! Be sure to let us know if you try any on these ideas, we’ll be anxious to hear from you.
So here’s to us…let the holiday season begin!
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