Bring on the Glitter and Spikes!

by Laura

No, we’re not going to a dance club.   We’re decorating pumpkins!!!  We have LOVED hearing about so many of you trying out our fall leaf project.  Please post pics in the comment section below so we can see your creations!

You might remember from my porch reveal that Melessa used the faux berry vine from my mantel on my new wreath.  Since I recently painted my mantel white, and I usually decorate with white pumpkins (bought for 80% off after Halloween a few years ago), I had ENTIRELY too much white going on:img_2905

Not bad, but the pumpkins looked like they were lost in a snowstorm. I mentioned to Melessa that I wanted to spray paint my pumpkins with gold glitter, and she just happened to have an extra can that she didn’t need.  I love having an artsy friend!

She also suggested that I try a few different styles, which is really out of my comfort zone (I love painting rooms, but that’s normally as artistic as I get).  But, I thought I’d try something crafty, just this once.  Please forgive the pics with my phone…

fullsizerenderTarget had some cute spikes for just $2, so I figured I’d give them a shot.  I loved the look, but the spikes were definitely made to stick on a flat surface and not a round pumpkin.  So, I decided to commit to them with glue.

I spaced out all 50 spikes from the package to make sure I had enough, then I began gluing.  Work quickly, as I soon became my family’s entertainment, chasing/stepping on little spikes that were falling off the pumpkin before I could get to them.


Definitely use a hot glue gun for this (avoid super glue, unless you like gluing your thumb and forefinger together…not that I did that…).  And voila!  A cute, trendy, spiky pumpkin!

For my other two pumpkins, I knew I wanted one solid glitter and one half glitter, on a diagonal, just to add some interest.  This wasn’t exactly rocket science, so don’t be scared.

I usually like to spray paint on a tarp on my  grass, so any overspray gets mowed away.  Since it was raining when I did this, I just put the tarp on my garage floor. Make sure you remove all cars, and keep the garage door open to let the fumes escape.

The solid gold pumpkin was the easiest–just make slow passes from side to side, working your way down each side of the pumpkin.  Multiple light layers with drying in between gives the best look, but I’ll admit I just sprayed until I liked the look, let it dry, then filled in gaps.

img_2932For the final pumpkin, I used blue painter’s tape to make a full circle around the pumpkin, like an off-kilter equator.  Remember to keep the edge that you’ll be painting smooth, even if lumps form on the unpainted edge.

Once the line was ready, I grabbed some plastic wrap and covered the top half, securing the edges with small pieces of tape along the tape equator.  You could also use a plastic grocery bag.


I tilted the pumpkin to rest on the plastic wrap side, so the spray paint didn’t get gloppy on the bottom.  Then I just sprayed away, using the same method described for the all-gold pumpkin.  Let it dry completely, and then remove the tape.


Here are my finished pumpkins.  I can actually see them against the white background now!



What do you think?  Comment below and tell us your favorite pumpkin designs and mantel decor tips!l_roth_pumkins2

We wanted to fill your mind with more creative pumpkin decor!  Some of the images I regret to say didn’t have a tutorial link, so you’ll have to figure out those ones on your own.


Paint your pumpkin ombre.


Make webs.


Cross Stitch.


Leaf art.

Sharpie Marker.


Puff Paints.


Make a silhouette. 


Write a story on it.


Black lace.


Gold leaf.


Paint patterns.




Thumb tack it.


Poke holes in it.


Tissue patterns.


Sharpie dots.


Glitter a letter.


Tape it.


Add lots of bright color.


Use sticker letters and paint your pumpkin a solid color.


Use candy





Glow in the dark paint.


Add sequins.


Cover with paper.



More Sharpie patterns!

I couldn’t resist… this is just hilarious!


Which one’s your favorite?

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  • Peter_Punkin_Eater
    October 6, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Love the Wrecking Ball one of Miley Cyrus – hilarious. Very cute post today. Pumpkins turned out great!

  • Karla Kritz
    October 6, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Great Ideas! – thanks for doing the research and providing the pumpkin pics and tips so we do not have to do it !

  • Louise
    October 7, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Oh, my gosh! Cute ideas! Keep it up!

  • Monsieur Pantallons Intelligents
    October 7, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Love the wrecking ball one & will now have “witch better have my candy” stuck in my head. Hilarious. Pumpkins turned out great!

  • Naoma
    October 8, 2016 at 11:37 am

    What a cool and simple way to change up the look! I love how it turned out. I also really like the idea of covering it with paper and the one where you poke holes in it! (Oh and also the paint patterns one) they are all so neat!

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