Glitter Pumpkins Tutorial

Happy Friday afternoon everyone! So happy the weekend is almost here and according to the 7 day forecast, cooler weather is just around the corner! YEAH!

I want to share this tutorial. I shared this today over at Oopsey Daisy but just in case you missed it there… here it is again.

Glitter Pumpkins

Here’s how to transform these ugly plastic pumpkins into gorgeous Glitter Pumpkins.
It’s SUPER easy!


– Plastic pumpkin(s) of any size
– Glitter (I love Martha Stewart Glitter)
– Glue (I also love to use Martha Stewart Glitter Glue)

How To:
I highly recommend to put something down in your work area to catch the glitter. They sell pans that are for this but I actually like to just use a cookie sheet with wax paper on it. That way when you are done with one color, you can just pick up the paper and put the extra right back into the glitter bottle.

Also, just be ready to be COVERED in glitter. You will see glitter all over you, your pets, floor, kids, husband- it just appears! lol

Cover the pumpkin with glue.
Work in small sections at a time especially if working with larger pumpkins, otherwise your glue will start to dry before you get the glitter on.

Also, you do not need to put glue on the bottom. Just put glue down far enough where you won’t see anymore of the originally pumpkin.

Cover with glitter and knock off the extra. I chose a shade of orange glitter.

Continue working your way around the pumpkin.
If you accidentally mess up a spot, no biggie, just cover with a little more glue and glitter.

Once you have the main pumpkin done, set aside and let dry.
Depending on how thick your glue is, it can take a few hours to even overnight for the glue to dry.

Once the pumpkins is dry, you can now add glitter to the stem.
I chose a dark brown glitter for the stem.
Knock of the extra, set aside to dry and your done!
You can even add a couple leaves to the top if you like for a little extra embellishment.

From ugly and drab to Gorgeous and Fab!

Add to your decor.

You can glitter larger pumpkins and set them together for a fun grouping.
I’ve shared this before but this is a my set of pumpkins I created two years ago. They are perfect to use outside as well and shimmer so pretty in the sun. They last in the rain just fine, in fact, even after two years they only needed a little touch up.

Now how easy is that and they are oh so fabulous inside or out!
If you make some of your own, I would love to see them!

Linking up to some of these parties.

Have a great weekend!
See you Monday! 🙂

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  • ClassyGal
    September 24, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I love this idea! I'm definitely going to get myself some glitter and "bling up" my pumpkins!

    September 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    These are gorgeous!! I want to try them! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jenglamgirl
    September 24, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I love them, gorg. everything is better with glitter on it. HA! they are darling, thanks for the tutorial too. Jen

  • Alison
    September 25, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Thanks SO much fro swapping with me… this is a genius idea!

  • Linda
    September 25, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Looks like such a fun project! Thanks for sharing!

  • Nana's Fun Stuff
    September 25, 2010 at 2:37 am

    What a cute idea Allison 🙂 I love it and want to try that now too 🙂

  • The Baggetts
    September 25, 2010 at 4:39 am

    I am so glad you shared this tutorial. I was going to ask you how you made them a couple of years ago because I just loved them. Thanks!

  • Debbie
    September 25, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Adorable. Wish I had seen this post a couple days ago…I had my first crafting project with pumpkins and it was a miserable fail.

  • hiyaluv
    September 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Allison! they are awesome! good job:)
    ps-if you haven't done so yet, stop by and check out my giveaways..if you like handmade wares and cute prints, you will surely love my current giveaways going on until tomorrow night! 🙂

  • dnicolle
    September 25, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I love your pumpkins, it makes me want to get out the glitter! Visiting from

  • Megan - A Ruffle In Time
    September 25, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    cute!! thanks for sharing!

  • Green Willow Pond
    September 25, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Great idea…and so easy! I have a bunch of glitter, and I think this just might rescue some poor pumpkins I tried to paint.

  • Allie
    September 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Very Cute! We LOVE the superfine glitter over here! Probably too much!
    You should come link this up at my Making It with Allie Linky Party!

  • Katie @ Not Just Decorating
    September 25, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    These are so cute!

  • Kim
    September 26, 2010 at 1:40 am

    They are gorgeous – I've been seeing glitter on everything lately. Thanks for the tips.

  • Leslie
    September 26, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Glitter glitter glitter.. sparkle me Haappy!!!
    I just glittered my pumpkins too. I just love it.
    Have a great Sunday

  • Lindy
    September 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Cute pumpkin revamp. You took them from "plain jane" to plain out gorgeous! Glitter makes my day!

  • Denissa
    September 26, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Those are adorable!! Thanks for sharing the how to! 🙂

  • Jenn
    September 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    It's amazing what a little glitter can do! Those look amazing!

  • Julia
    September 27, 2010 at 5:53 am

    I love them and they are sooo easy to make! They look great on your porch:).


  • Gail
    September 27, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Your pumpkins turned out really cute! Thanks for tutorial and sharing with all of us.

    Have a wonderful day.

  • Kimberlee
    September 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I love the pumkins! Glittery and sumptous!

  • Red Couch Recipes
    September 27, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Great pumpkins transforming them from drb to fab! Joni

  • Michelle
    September 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    You read my mind on this post! I just bought stuff to do this, this past weekend. I am using the pumpkins that are pre carved I have had for years that light up. To give them a new look! Thanks for the tut! Can't wait to try it!

  • An Experiment in Happiness
    September 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I love these pumpkins, I was looking for a reason to buy some Martha Stewart supplies… Thanks for giving me a good reason!

  • Madigan at madiganmade
    September 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Love me some glitter! They look darling!

  • Kate
    September 28, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Love these! I only have small ones but seeing your big ones makes me want to make some!

  • Heather
    September 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    OMG! That is such a cool idea! I never thought to glitterfy a pumpkin! Stopping by from Take A Look Tuesday. Would love for you to check out my Etsy Shop at Lynhea Designs below.

    Heather From and Mommy Only Has Two Hands! and Lynhea Designs

  • Kristi
    September 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I was just working on glitter pumpkins yesterday. I can't wait to finish them up and decorate with them.

  • Carmie, the Single Nester
    September 28, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    There is NOTHING like Martha glitter. You can read all about my trip to the Martha Stewart show on my blog.

  • Anonymous
    September 29, 2010 at 5:51 am

    LOVE them 🙂

  • Megan
    September 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Fancy! Any time glitter is the main ingredient, I usually run the other way because I don't like the cleanup. Your pumpkins are too neat to pass up. I'll wait for a sunny day and do them outside! Thanks for sharing!

  • Tanya
    September 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Very pretty! I just recently used Martha Glitter for the first time too, and LOVE it! Great project.

  • Melissa
    September 30, 2010 at 7:36 am

    That is so very cute! Great job!

  • aggieam01
    September 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    These look great! I saw some like this in a store and they wanted $30 for them. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Corinna
    September 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    These are beautiful! It's amazing what a little glitter can do! And I didn't realize Martha made glitter glue, so will have to go find that at Michaels.


  • Embellished Bayou
    September 30, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I just love these! I have made so many over the past couple years, I just can't stop! I even made some glitter ghosts!

  • Whimsical Creations
    September 30, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    So pretty! I have been wanting to do this for the past couple years. I think I shall make some this weekend. =)

  • this blessed nest
    October 1, 2010 at 2:49 am

    i couldn't agree with you more. sometimes those orange pumpkins that are cheap are too ugly to buy.

    you made them look FABULOUS!!!!

    thanks for linking up to the FALL FESTIVAL!


  • Lori@Paisley Passions
    October 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Super cute blinged up pumpkins! Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I love to see the creative talent of other fellow bloggers. Hope you will stop by again soon 🙂
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

  • Tara
    October 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I love these glittery pumpkins. I will have to make them now. Thank you for sharing.

  • ~~Carol~~
    October 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Hi! Somehow I landed on eighteen25's Halloween party today, and when I saw your tutorial, I had to pop in. I've been thinking about glittering some pumpkins, and after seeing how easy it really is, I'm going to give it a whirl. Thanks!

  • Coley
    September 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Love this idea!!

  • Tony Payne
    October 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Great ideas, these look really good.

  • NewtoCrafts
    October 14, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Where did you find the ugly pumpkins? I have looked everywhere because I am dying to try this. Thanks for the idea!

  • Lisa ♥
    October 16, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Great idea!!!