No-Mess Glitter Pumpkins

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No-Mess Glitter Pumpkins

GLITTER! There’s no such thing as too much. Ever since we chatted about no-carve pumpkin ideas a couple of weeks ago, I knew I was going to bust out some sparkles this year. There IS, however, the small issue of glitter jumping off of things and leaving a trail through the house like the craft version of Hansel and Gretel. (After that post I had a couple of friends tell me they’d rather carve a jack o’ lantern and deal with pumpkin slime than use glitter and get it all over the place.) My original plan was to get sparkly and then add a coat of Mod Podge on top to corral the mess. Or maybe I could get the glossy Mod Podge formula and mix the glitter into it. I had some options.

But then I actually got to JoAnn and saw something magical that would forever solve the stray sparkle problem. Two words: glitter glue.

No-Mess Glitter Pumpkins

Did you even know that was a thing?! I didn’t! Glitter paint I’ve heard of, and I’ve used it a few times, but even that can flake off depending on the kind. Ain’t nobody for time for that. Here’s what you need to round up for this project:

>> pumpkins (I bought a whole bag of them at Target)
>> craft paint
>> GLITTER GLUE (this isn’t sponsored, by the way, I’m just excited)
>> paint brushes

This project is pretty straightforward. First, blob some paint onto the pumpkins and brush it out.

No-Mess Glitter Pumpkins

You can paint the entire surface if you want but I was going for a creepy/death look, like the little guys are being swallowed by darkness, and stopped about halfway down with some uneven edges.

No-Mess Glitter Pumpkins

Yes, I did this project in the bay window. Best light in the whole house.

I let them dry for a few minutes, then busted out the glitter glue. It’s the same texture as regular ol’ craft glue–which meant it would be better for making lines and shapes instead of spreading around on a surface–so I added some in each ridge. The ridges themselves also acted like natural buffers and helped keep my hand steady since I did have to squeeze quite a bit.

No-Mess Glitter Pumpkins

After your hand workout is done, let the glue dry for a couple of hours. That’s it! You can go enjoy your pumpkins without worrying about bits of glitter ending up on your face.

no-mess glitter pumpkins

Now that I’m looking at these again, they kind of have a spider-y vibe. Spiders just looooove to creep around our house, so maybe they’ll be drawn to these and will be easier for me to get rid of. Lately they’ve been enjoying the ceiling, which is inconvenient AND horrifying.

Have you decorated any pumpkins yet? Are you Team Paint or Team Carve? Anybody else just discover a new craft supply? Am I the last person to know about glitter glue?

15 Comments
  • Heidi
    October 6, 2014

    I have never painted pumpkins before, but I’ve seen so many fun ideas this fall for painting pumpkins that I sort of want to try it now! We put off getting pumpkins so far because ours always seem to go bad before we can carve them… gross. However, the tiny ones always seem to last forever, so maybe that’s the route we should go this year. I’m glad that you slipped in an ain’t nobody got time for that! 😛

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      October 7, 2014

      The tiny ones DO last forever! I had one in college that hung around until New Year’s. Join the painting club!

  • Duni
    October 6, 2014

    How fun! I’ve seen some glitter glue pens – I guess those would work too. I’d much rather paint than carve 🙂

  • Edi
    October 6, 2014

    I love glitter glue! I used to use it a lot when I first started making handmade greeting cards. I love the look of glitter, but hate the mess. The glue is perfect!
    I love mini pumpkins…so cute 🙂
    Ugh…you’re so right about those darn spiders and the ceiling!

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      October 7, 2014

      Oooh, it would be good for making cards! I could use it on gift tags, too…

  • Kristen
    October 6, 2014

    When I was little I used to paint faces on my pumpkins, but now the husband carves them, and he’s really good at it. It’s a good project for he and the kids. I love the way these, look, though. Like Duni, I have used glitter glue pens before, but I would never think of using it like this. Really fun!

  • Marilyn
    October 6, 2014

    Ok you got me, I totally wanna do this. 🙂

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      October 7, 2014

      Yes!! *fist bump*

  • Marieken
    October 6, 2014

    I’ve never decorated a pumpkin, but I would definitely be team paint. I do like eating pumpkins, but preparing them is always such an unenjoyable activity!

  • Natashalh
    October 6, 2014

    Cool idea! I especially like that this project wouldn’t leave glitter absolutely everywhere forever.

  • Moriah
    October 6, 2014

    I ADORE glitter glue. It is the best way to make things sparkle and I and a sparkle fiend. :). These are fabulous pumpkins. Now I’m thinking I might need to add these to my oodles of Halloween décor too!

    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia
      October 7, 2014

      I’m glad you like them! Let me know if you end up doing your own version. 🙂

  • LeAnn Frobom
    October 7, 2014

    I am Team Paint — and these are SO cute!!

  • Melissa @ Bubby & Bean
    October 7, 2014

    These are awesome! Love the glitter glue idea.

  • Rose
    October 7, 2014

    Super cute and the glitter glue is fabulous! Last year I drew on my pumpkins with a Sharpie, Alisa Burke style. I’ve been thinking about doing the same thing this year.

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