The fall season is quickly approaching and that means one thing: Halloween is almost here! The crisp, fall air and the sight of brightly-colored pumpkins bring such an excitement to folks young and old.
While many stick with the age-old way of decorating their pumpkins by painting silly or spooky faces on them or carving them, there are a few “new and improved” ways to mix things up. Below, you’ll find three unique, quick, easy, and affordable ways to reinvent your pumpkin decorating strategy this year!
Pumpkin (artificial or real)
Tacky glue or hot glue
Paint a layer of acrylic paint onto your pumpkin in any color you’d like. Next, pour on some glitter of your choice while the paint is still tacky. Once dry, cover with Mod Podge.
Take tacky glue or hot glue and attach your rhinestones on the pumpkin. There’s no right or wrong way to do this step - just find what style you like best and go for it!
This pumpkin is definitely a glittery show-stopper! If you opt for an artificial pumpkin for this project, you will be able to reuse this little beauty each and every year.
Nail Polish Water Marble Pumpkin
Old plastic container large enough to fit the pumpkin
Nail polish in various colors
In a well-ventilated area, spray your pumpkin with spray paint. For this particular one, she used white spray paint to give a neutral base.
Fill your old plastic container ¾ of the way with water. Take various shades of nail polish and drop into the center of the water. Each time, repeat this step and drop the polish into the center of the existing colors. Do this until you have reached your desired color scheme.
Once you are satisfied with your colors, take your skewer and gently swirl the colors around the bowl to make the marbled effect.
Take your pumpkin and press one side directly into the colored water. Hold still for 3-5 seconds. When removing it from the water, make a scooping motion. This helps the color to neatly adhere to the pumpkin’s side.
Set it aside to completely dry before displaying. If you want the entire pumpkin to be marbled, repeat the steps above.
Once completed, you’re left with a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind creation that will add the perfect pop of color to any space.
Nail And Yarn Pumpkin
Piece of paper
Decide on a word or saying that you’d like to be displayed on your pumpkin. Print or hand-stencil onto your paper. Take a permanent marker and dot around the edges of the letters to create a guide for the nails.
Align the paper on the front of your pumpkin. Begin putting the nails into the dots on the paper, ensuring to leave a little bit of the nail sticking out. They should slide in with ease and without the need for a hammer.
After you’ve placed all the nails, begin to gently tear away the paper stencil. Take a long piece of your yarn and tie securely to the top left-hand of your word. Weave the yarn in and out of each portion of each letter.
There is no “right” way to do this step! It does help to completely outline each letter first before filling in the center design. Continue until each letter has been traced with yarn.
Watch the full tutorials in the video, below!