When I started planning my month, I invited some friend to come and play on Pinterest with me. And this week, you’ll see projects and tips from some amazing bloggers. And even more exciting, this is my very first guest post. So please welcome the lovely, Megan from MamaBub!
Megan is an amazing writer who tells all about life with her two children in her Orange County home. She’s part bibliophile, part world traveler, part TV critic, and all kinds of awesome. Today she’s crafting some Pinterest-Inspired Glitter Pumpkins.
In the interest of full disclosure, this wasn’t the project I originally planned for this post. No, I originally wanted to try DIY geodes, a la Martha Stewart. Unfortunately, I was my own worst enemy here. I didn’t read the directions carefully enough and found myself with entirely too little alum powder, the key ingredient, and not nearly enough time. (Rumor has it, Martha understates the amount of time it takes for the crystals to grow.)
I would still like to try that project at some point, when I find myself much, much more prepared. For today, I’m sticking with Martha and trying glittered pumpkins. They look great in her photos, but would mine be a lumpy mess? Would my kitchen be covered in a fine sheen of glitter, never to recover? Let’s find out.
It seemed appropriate that I start with Martha’s own craft supplies. I fell victim to creative marketing and bought glittering glue, and I have to admit the attached brush did make the glue application much easier. I found the truly hideous pumpkins at Target for $1 each and decided on those over real pumpkins that might rot on my mantle.
The process was pretty painless. Brush on glue, sprinkle glitter over pumpkin, wait for the glue to dry, tap off excess glitter. Be aware: Your pumpkins will look like a hot mess when you’re finished glittering, but once the glue dries clear they will be beautiful.
I did run into one problem, but that was entirely user error. I did not have acrylic paint, so I attempted to paint the stems brown with Crayola craft paint. That was a mistake. I decided to glitter the stems and I’m happy with the result.
I love these pumpkins so much. This craft is definitely a Pinterest win for me. The supplies are easily found and inexpensive, the process was easy and as described, and the final product looks almost as good as the image online. (And as for the mess, it was minimal. I poured my glitter over a sheet of newspaper, and funneled the rest back into the bottle.)
This might just be the perfect Halloween craft. Simple. Cute. Kid-friendly. Festive. In case you’re curious, here’s a pin for Martha’s glitter pumpkins.
Go read more from Megan on Mama Bub. She has a delicious and simple Apple Crisp recipe that will be perfect now that Fall is here. (And it would be super easy to convert to gluten free.) And you HAVE to check out this carnival-themed birthday party she threw for her kiddos. The beauty is in the details! Plus, right now she has a birthday giveaway where you could win one of eight prizes.