If you’re looking for last-minute Halloween décor, this easy DIY is sure to do the trick! Adding metallic paint and glitter to real (or fake!) pumpkins is a simple way to dress up your steps, bookshelves, or table centerpieces. Our crafty friend Jess shared this simple project with us.
We used a variety of different decorating methods for these pumpkins, but pick whatever works best for your décor.
- Painter’s tape
- Opaque stickers of different shapes
- Loose glitter
- Paint brush & sponge brush
- White acrylic paint
- Metallic gold spray paint
- Glitter spray paint
- Jewel glue
1. Prep Your Pumpkins
Use painter’s tape & stickers to create different patterns on your pumpkins. (Make sure they’re tightly adhered!) We’re big fans of stripes & polka dots.
2. Spray Away
Take your pumpkins outside (or to a well-ventilated area) and spray two coats of spray paint, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly. Mix it up by using metallic paints on some pumpkins and glittery spray paint on others. If you prefer, you can also try painting by hand with acrylics. Take note that metallics and lighter colors require multiple coats (plus drying time in-between) to show up on the pumpkins.
3. Glue & Glitter
After your paint has dried completely, remove the stickers & tape and decide which parts you want to sparkle. Using a paint brush, apply a thin layer of glue (for convenience, we used Martha Stewart’s glitter glue, which has a brush in the lid) and immediately sprinkle glitter on. We recommend doing this outside and using a box or bowl to catch (and re-use) excess glitter.
Add rhinestones using jewel glue to create fun designs, or make a spider using pipe cleaners!