I think most of you that have read my blog for some time know I enjoy a good DIY project, especially one revolving around seasonal decor. About four years ago I made some glitter pumpkins (long before Pinterest and they were a trend I might add) and I knew I wanted to make some sort of pink and green pumpkins this year. I was unsure of exactly what I wanted though.... I was on Pinterest last week and saw someone that did an orange and white chevron pumpkin and the idea dawned on me...why not make a pink and gold glitter chevron pumpkin?!
I decided a polka dot pumpkin would perfectly compliment a chevron pumpkin so one pink and one green was decided upon. I headed to Michael's to pick up two fake pumpkins yesterday (they happened to be 40% off this week) and opted for a large and medium. I then headed to Home Depot to grab spray paint since they have so many color options. I debated between cotton candy pink and magenta and untimely went with magenta. I also choose a bright, but not too lime green. I am thrilled with my color choice as these two colors go together like black and white.
Spray paint pumpkins your desired color. I used 2x coat spray paint so I only had to spray on one coat. I let them dry for eight hours before starting step two.
Tape on chevron design!
I did not look up the best way to get a chevron design on a pumpkin (...I suppose that Pinterest picture may have had some tips...) and just sort of winged it. I started out cutting strips up tape of the exact same length, but realized this was not necessary once I started to put them on the pumpkin. This was somewhat time consuming so it required patience, but it was not at all hard. Again, I simply eyed my design and love the way it turned out.
Go to town with glitter!
I had ModgePodge from other glitter projects so I used this instead of special glue or adhesive. I mixed some glitter in with my ModgePodgeand painted it over the zigzag pattern. I then poured glitter over this mixtures to fully cover the design and make it extra blingy.
Glitter in segments until you work your way around the pumpkin. I also found it helpful to put the pumpkin upright after I completed each segment and shake off all excess glitter and allow the section to settle and dry.
Remove tape about 20 minutes after you finish working your way around the pumpkin. I do this because I think it is easier to remove the tape before the ModgePodge fully dries. It makes it easier to fill in areas if needed and does not rip off your design.
Use clear spray paint to "seal" your glitter and "waterproof" your pumpkins. Make sure your wipe away all excess and out of place glitter before you do this though!
For my polka dot pumpkins I used the above tool to make sure I got perfect dots. I have used these for other projects and just love how easy they make making a circle. I dipped a medium foam tool in ModgePodge before pushing it on the pumpkin.
Each dip would make five to six dots. I then poured glitter over the dots and tapped off excess glitter.
Display your pumpkin for the world to see!
I am just THRILLED with how both pumpkins turn out and plan to put them outside by my door come late September. While this project is not as quick as some of my other projects (taping most definitely requires some patience) the end result is well worth it.
Happy chevroning and glittering to anyone that might choose to make their own blingy pumpkin now that Fall has arrived.