30 October 2014

Project: Glitter Polka-Dot Pumpkins

The flickering glow and eerie faces of jack-o'-latnerns are wonderfully spooky, but carving jack-o'-lanterns is a messy and time-consuming business for an end product with such a short shelf life. When I was growing up, my family always put out plain pumpkins at Halloween, which add an autumnal touch to outdoor decor and stay fresh looking through Thanksgiving given good weather conditions. But while plain pumpkins are nice, I've always longed to do something a little different with our Halloween pumpkins, and this year I finally gave it a go:

I was inspired to make these glitter polka-dot pumpkins by various no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas I've seen over the years in Martha Stewart Living magazine. To make the dots, I used a clear glue from Scotch that came with a round sponge applicator just the right size for the polka-dots. After pressing the sponge applicator to the pumpkin, I sprinkled Martha Stewart Crafts glitter in Peridot over the wet glue and tapped off the excess. I started by making a ring of dots around the stem of the pumpkin, then created rows of alternating dots to get an even pattern:

Using the glitter was a little messier than I expected--it's so fine that it has a tendency to spread easily--but still a lot neater and easier than carving. Because the pumpkins are intact, they'll last much longer than jack-o'-lanterns, and I think the green dots are neutral and autumnal enough to leave these out past Halloween. Black or purple glitter would also be fun choices for Halloween, and gold or silver glitter would add an elegant touch for Thanksgiving or plain autumn decorating.

I'm really pleased with the way these turned out, and look forward to experimenting with more pumpkin decorating ideas next year!

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