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DIY Glitter Pumpkins {Cute Halloween Decor}

Okay, today’s project might be one of my favorites ever…DIY glitter pumpkins! I know, just when you thought pumpkins couldn’t get any more fun, you have been proven wrong. Long live DIY glitter pumpkins!

These pumpkins with glitter are one of the easiest fall craft projects I’ve ever done, and they last forever. I made a batch of glitter pumpkins several years ago and they are still going strong. You’ll want to pull these out year after year and layer them in with your fall decor. 

DIY glitter pumpkins as fall decor.

Tips for Working with Glitter

Because I vow to always keep it real with you…I’ll be completely honest here. This project can get very messy.

I have done dozens of projects using glitter over a decade or two, so I consider myself to be a glitter expert, and even I spilled a few particals here and there during this project. Oops. Now our living room floor has some sparkle too…I’m not mad about it. 🙂

If you have never worked with glitter before, be prepared—it gets pretty much everywhere! If you want pretty glitter pumpkins but don’t want your entire house to be covered with glitter, make sure to follow these tips:

  1. This might be a great project to do outside rather than inside if you are glitter-adverse, especially if you are making these with kids!
  2. If you prefer to make these pumpkins with glitter inside, make sure you have a plastic tablecloth or roll of paper on hand so that you can roll it up, capture all the glitter and toss it. 
  3. When making this, keep the pumpkin inside a box, so all the glitter falls within the box rather than your floor. You’ll see what I mean below!
  4. Seal your pumpkin with a protective coating once it’s done. I recommend using glossy mod podge so you don’t lose any shine! Just keep the brushstrokes thin and even.

Supplies

That being said, if you like sparkle, you’ll LOVE this project.

Another fun thing about this project is the limited supplies needed. All you need to make these pumpkins with glitter are:

One other optional supply that I highly, highly recommend is a box that your pumpkin can fit inside and a shoebox. You’ll see why, but just trust me on that one!

Supplies for diy glitter pumpkins - craft pumpkin, mod podge and fine glitter

How To Make DIY Glitter Pumpkins

Making these pumpkins with glitter is both quick and easy, especially if you implement the tips I’ll share below. 

1. Start with foam craft pumpkins. Any type of foam pumpkin will do, but if you want to make your pumpkins with glitter that is gold or a lighter color, it’s a bit easier to start with a white or light-colored pumpkin. If you have a dark-colored pumpkin, you could even spray paint it a lighter color first.

2. Next, use your foam brush to cover your pumpkin in a coat of Mod Podge. You definitely want to lean towards a thicker coat rather than a thin one.

LOVE these diy glitter pumpkins! These are so cute and seriously the easiest craft I've made in a long time. So excited for fall!
Step one of the glitter pumpkin - cover pumpkin in mod podge.

3. Cover the pumpkin in glitter. Make sure to use extra fine glitter to get that pretty sparkle. 

How to make glitter pumpkins - sprinkle glitter over mod podge pumpkins.
Pumpkins with glitter being made on a table top.

Remember up above where I recommended having a couple of small boxes on hand? This is where they will come in handy. 

Pour the glitter into the shoe box, hold your pumpkin by the stem over the bigger box and use the shoe box to pour glitter on your pumpkin as you rotate it.

When the smaller box is empty of glitter, pour the glitter from the big box into the smaller one, then start the process again. Give it a good shake and set it to dry for 24 hours (I put mine in another box for glitter control).

LOVE these diy glitter pumpkins! These are so cute and seriously the easiest craft I've made in a long time. So excited for fall!

4. Let it dry for 24 hours or so. You can do an additional coat of Mod Podge to seal the glitter in, or do a second coat of glitter if needed. 

DIY Orange glitter pumpkin

That’s it! Aren’t DIY glitter pumpkins so simple?

The darker colors of glitter tend to work better for coverage, but the white glitter gave my pumpkin a nice, frosted look.

Group of DIY glitter pumpkins - easy fall craft.

Are you on team glitter or team no way? I feel like people are very black and white on this issue—let’s hear it! I think you know where I stand…sparkle, sparkle!

MORE FUN HALLOWEEN CRAFTS TO TRY:

Group of DIY glitter pumpkins - easy fall craft.

DIY Glitter Pumpkins

DIY glitter pumpkins are a quick and easy fall craft that is beautiful with plenty of sparkles. If you can't get enough glitter in life, this is for you.
Tags: diy glitter pumpkins, halloween, halloween crafts

Instructions

  • Start with foam craft pumpkins. Any type of foam pumpkin will do, but if you want to make your pumpkins with glitter that is gold or a lighter color, it's a bit easier to start with a white or light-colored pumpkin. If you have a dark-colored pumpkin, you could even spray paint it a lighter color first.
  • Next, use your foam brush to cover your pumpkin in a coat of Mod Podge. You definitely want to lean towards a thicker coat rather than a thin one.
  • Cover the pumpkin in glitter. Make sure to use extra fine glitter to get that pretty sparkle. 
  • Let it dry for 24 hours or so. You can do an additional coat of Mod Podge to seal the glitter in, or do a second coat of glitter if needed. 
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  1. I luv your glitter pumpkins and would luv to invite you luv to invite you to share it was over at Wall to Wall DIY Wednesday, which runs thru Mondays. Best, Ann

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