A few weeks ago I wrote about some of my favorite Halloween decor for this year, and today, I thought I’d share a simple and festive alternative to traditional pumpkin carving. I love a good pumpkin carving contest as much as the next girl, but this is a less time-consuming, less messy, and equally fun option.
Eek! Aren’t they cute? Our fireplace looks much more holiday – appropriate with these little guys keeping it company.
Here’s how to make your own.
Start with your ingredients. You’ll need a pumpkin, masking tape, scissors, a small paintbrush, mod podge non-toxic glue, and an array of glitter. I used this set, which came with three shades of grey.
Now give your pumpkin a little sponge bath. I used my fruit and veggie wash, but hand soap would work, too.
Using the masking tape, outline your pumpkin’s face (or whatever shape you prefer). Remember that you’re looking at negative space here, so the pumpkin will look a bit funny at this stage. Poor guy — he looks like he’s going in for some serious plastic surgery!
Here’s an example of my “haunted house” outline.
After you’re finished, run your finger along the inner edge of the masking tape to make sure that it’s pressed down consistently.
Now comes the fun part!
Paint the negative-space shapes with glue, then liberally apply glitter. It’s easiest to start from the bottom of the pumpkin and do entire shapes at one time. If you try to glue and glitter only part of a shape, your paint brush will end up picking up a lot of glitter, and things will get messy fast. Keep it simple. ;)
Work your way up until you’re finished applying glitter. Make sure that you’ve gotten glitter along all of the inner tape edges — that’s what will create a clean, crisp outline for your design!
Now wait about fifteen minutes and then use a tweezer to remove the tape! I found the tweezer especially helpful when the tape was completely covered in glitter, like with the haunted house windows.
And you’re done! Voila!
Doesn’t that little guy look smug? He’s feeling pretty good about himself.
Such a festive and fun Halloween project. And even better — if you do this project in the next week or so, your pumpkins will easily last until Halloween!