Pretty Pumpkins

Since tomorrow is Halloween, I thought it would be fun to do some last minute pumpkin decorating ideas.  I am a big fan of the traditional carved pumpkins, but I wanted to do some girly and sparkly pumpkins as well.  These will look great as a center piece on a table, or arranged on a front porch.  

To create these festive and fun pumpkins you will need metallic spray paint, painters tape, Mod Podge, glitter, and an assortment of pumpkins.

Metallic Pumpkins

These were the easiest ones to do!  Simply follow the directions on the spray paint and cover the pumpkins, stem and all, with your choice of color.  I liked the silver and gold combo, but there are an overwhelming number of finishes and colors of spray paint available.  Just be sure to cover the surface you are working on and wear clothes you don't mind getting messy, I found that this put a nice silver or gold sheen over my hands and anything else near by.  Also, try to do this outside, or at least with lots of windows open! 

Glitter Pumpkins

This one was a bit more tricky.  It also didn't help that I was trying to get this done in what little daylight I had left after work, so I was rushed.  The concept is simple, apply painters tape to create a design on the pumpkin, cover the areas you want glitter with Mod Podge, and then cover it in glitter.  I kept the pattern pretty simple for this one, with straight lines going from the top of the pumpkin to the bottom, but I really like the idea of a zig zag pattern around the middle of the pumpkin.  I'm not sure if I didn't let it dry long enough, or if the Mod Podge just didn't adhere to the pumpkin, but this one was a bit tricky.  When I peeled the painters tape off, the glitter seemed to flake off.  I had to go very slowly to minimize the damage.

Once all of your pumpkins are decorated, set them off to the side to dry.  

Once they are dried gently peel off the painters tape and you are good to go!  Warning - the glitter pumpkins will literally get glitter on anything within a 5 foot radius, and you will probably still be finding glitter remnants 6 months from now.  So if you don't want glitter everywhere, you can cover the glitter with more Mod Podge or a spray to seal in the glitter.  

Then get to arranging!  I liked the look of the bright metallic pumpkins with some pretty flowers on a side table, and I used the glitter pumpkins as a cute center piece on my dining room table.

You can get creative when it comes to these pumpkins!  Use the painters tape to create unique designs with the glitter or spray paint, or use paint or other craft supplies to decorate.  If you recreate any of these looks, or use them as inspiration post it to Instagram and tag me @chelseabrightly!

Happy Halloween!!