Elegant DIY Glittered Pumpkins

November 15, 2016

How To Glitter A Pumpkin

This weekend I found out that the honor of hosting Thanksgiving dinner was mine. Uh oh. You see, that was not the original plan and while setting a pretty table for the holiday is not a requirement, it sure does make the meal a little more special. 

What's a girl to do on short notice? Make due with what she has on hand and DIY, of course! I glittered up a few leftover Halloween pumpkins and voilรก...instant holiday centerpiece. 

It seriously could not be any easier to do and it will add a little glam to your holiday table. 

Since I don't own china, I always like to bring some bling to the table to dress up my everyday dishes. Glitter is a great way to add sparkle and it's cheap and easy...if messy...to work with.

I started with a plain pumpkin. Grabbed it from the deck where it had been sitting since Halloween.

What to do with leftover halloween pumpkins

I covered it with a thin layer of glue and sprinkled the white glitter on.     I worked in small areas to ensure even coverage. Although you don't have to go crazy, any imperfections in that coverage will be camouflaged by the sparkle. 

How To Add Glitter To A Pumpkin

When the entire pumpkin was completed covered, I set it aside to dry.

Now the lighting (and my photography) does not really do this baby justice. Close up it looks like a diamond encrusted orange gem. It catches the light and glows beautifully.

Like Cinderella's coach.

Dreamy.

In my pictures, it looks like I brought it down to the beach and dropped it in the sand. Boo.

Adding Glitter To A Pumpkin

If I had more time and energy, I would take a video to capture the true look, alas, that doesn't jive with my quick and easy mantra. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So you'll just have to take my word for it that it looks amazing in real life. 

Glittered Pumpkin Centerpiece

So good in fact, that I started transforming the rest of my leftovers. 

Until I ran out of glitter. 

Adding Sparkle To Thanksgiving Table

I guess I could go buy more today.

But I'll probably just put those pumpkins in a corner somewhere.

Glitter-less spots to the back.

I won't tell if you won't.

Shhh.


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50 comments:

  1. Glitter always adds that much-needed bling, doesn't it? I love the new look for your pumpkin. P.S. I'm hosting Thanksgiving too and finally made out my menu last night. I don't know if I've ever waited this long to get it all organized. I better get shopping soon. :)

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    1. You are way ahead of me, Lisa!! I have a few glittered pumpkins and no menu as of yet. Yikes! I think I need to drop the glitter and hit the grocery store with you!! ;)

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  2. How fun Kim. Everyone needs a little sparkle on their Thanksgiving pumpkin. So cute.
    Happy New Week.
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! I do love sparkle! :)

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  3. That is a great idea to add some glam to a plain pumpkin!

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    1. And so, so easy, Karen...thanks! :)

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  4. LOL!
    i won't tell.
    and anyway I think just a few au natural sitting around
    can only enhance their snazzy cousins!
    it's going to be lovely and GRAND! XO♥

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    1. Agreed, Tammy! The contrast will only make the bling stand out even more. :)

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  5. You are brave to work with glitter! Although, I do have some copper glitter that I'm just waiting to figure out where to use... Maybe spray paint the little fake tree copper and then while it's still wet, dust some copper glitter on it!
    Ooo! You are so good at providing inspiration! That and HomeTalk, whence came the spray painted tree. Thanks for being brilliant!

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    1. Why thank you, Nancy. Your words truly humble me. :)

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  6. I love it. Just enough to be chic and not too out there. Perfect.

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    1. Thanks Marty! Rustic with a bit of glam...

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  7. I love it!! Hey, I'm all about the sparkle!!

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  8. I think it looks great...easy peasy and beautiful! Those are the best kinds of projects! Extra bling on the table is always a special treat for the diners!! Love and hugs!

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    1. Thanks Benita! I have to say, I would rather decorate the table than cook the food to place on it! ;)

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  9. Very pretty! Girl, when do you rest???
    Brenda

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    1. Oh boy, Brenda, not much of that lately, so I figured that I may as well craft! ;)

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  10. So messy but I love the look! I love the glittery snow for Christmas time....even messier!

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    1. So messy...but like that glittery snow...so worth it! I can hear my mom saying "over the sink!!" Haha! Exactly!! ;)

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    1. I’m with you, Amy! And thanks! :) Happy Thanksgiving!

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  12. That is fun, Kim! I love glitter, too...and it is perfect on those pumpkins. Love it! Happy Hosting! xo Diana

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    1. Thanks Diana! Good thing my husband likes to cook. Oh honey... ;)

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  13. Oh bless your heart! Hosting Thanksgiving is a big deal for you I know, and yet I know you will do it in style! That glamorous pumpkin is just the beginning! You have the greatest easiest DIY decor ever! I can believe you that it looks even more special in person, but it is pretty amazing in your pictures too! Hugs to you today dear friend!

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    1. Thank you so much, Marilyn and yes, cooking is so not my thing! How I end up hosting the most important food holiday of the year is beyond me. Oh well, I am thrilled to have a house full of loved ones and I do love any chance to wear an apron! ;) I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful!

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  14. Perfect idea!!
    My mom hosts Thanksgiving each year. It is my job to make up the table place settings, have been doing it for years. ;-) I have a fun idea for this year, that I will work on over the weekend and plan to share next Monday on the blog.

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    1. You have a super fun job, Carla. I would much rather be responsible for the table decor than the cooking...definitely not my forte! ;) Can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve!

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  15. These are so lovely, Kim. I'm a sparkly, glitter kind of gal, so these are right up my alley--but you probably already know that ;)

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    1. Thanks, Cecilia. Bring on the bling! :)

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  16. How pretty! Definitely adds bling to the table. Have a wonderful time preparing for Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you, Lynn. I am starting to get excited. Pinterest helps!

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  17. This is a great idea Kim! I would be in a panic if I found out on short notice that I was hosting Thanksgiving! Your everyday dishes are so pretty, so no worries there. But the food!

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    1. Exactly, Florence!! And I am no foodie or fan of cooking. Oh boy, I need to get busy...good luck on your own holiday hosting. What fun! ;)

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  18. Love this very simple, elegant idea!
    Tracy S

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  19. These would be lovely on your Thanksgiving table. I do have an old set of bone china but I never use it because they are fragile. I love your dishes though and I know your Thanksgiving table and meal will be great.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa!! I think they will add some sparkle!

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  20. Kim, I know they look spectacular in person and will just add a certain ambiance to your already pretty tablescape. I personally love the red dishes with the orange sparkle. Looks very festive to me. Have a great Thanksgiving..xoJudy

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    1. So pretty, even now Judy...next to the Christmas tree and santa! Ha!! I just can't part with the glitter! ;)

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  21. Hi Kim, the glitter on the pumpkin looks so pretty and perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving!! :)

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    1. Thanks Julie! It added some sparkle!

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  22. It looks great / in the end Thanksgiving is all about not messing up the gravy ha ha :)

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  23. I love that idea! We have a friend who paints the pumpkins into Santa every year. Now I want to see you do that so I can copy you. ;)

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    1. I have been wondering how to make them last through the Christmas season, Stacey! A glittery Santa perhaps? ;)

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  24. Kim, it is beautiful. You always have the best ideas! For the first time in 35 years, I won't be hosting Thanksgiving, so no holiday preparation going on in our home. And you know what? It feels kind of nice just being the guest for once. I can get used to this! LOL Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! Maria

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    1. Ah...to be a guest. I used to be the guest for this fabulous food holiday and now I am the host. I love a full house and all the family time...the cooking I could do without! ;)

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