When we spotted these faux pumpkins at Target, it got us to thinking. If you love Halloween decor and want to add a bit of glam to the proceedings, then listen up. No “trick”—we have scoured the web and found five of the most stylish pumpkin decorating ideas out there. You can use real pumpkins or those of the polyresin variety, it’s totally up to you. Not only will these elegant gourds be the hit of your sophisticated Halloween soiree, they will also serve as a bewitching "treat" to delight throughout the fall season. (Don't forget to click on the image links below for additional details.)
Drawn to the shimmer of metallics? This one is for you. Take your pick or use them all: bronze, gold, copper and silver. These pumpkins would look stunning grouped as a holiday centerpiece. When painting polyresin pumpkins, start with a primer to ensure the paint grabs the surface and won’t flake off. Simply mask the stems and start painting. Metallic spray paint will produce the best results by giving your pumpkins a smooth, streak-free appearance. Remember to spray on several light coats to minimize drips.
Give your pumpkins a magical dusting of crystal decadence. Place them near the flicker of candles to capture and reflect the light. Brush your pumpkin with a thin coat of your favorite craft adhesive and give it a sprinkle of clear German glass glitter for extra dimension and brilliance. If you can’t find glass glitter or want a kid-friendly alternative, substitute coarse sugar crystals to create a sweet sparkle.
We know for a fact that goblins love bling! Brighten up the night of wayward spirits with pumpkins adorned with sparkling jewels. Pick up adhesive-backed rhinestones from the craft store to eliminate the use of glue and make short work of this project. Mix large and small gems to create a flashy display, or choose tiny stones set in intricate patterns to simulate a spider’s web or witchy lace. Use wax-free transfer paper and stylus to transfer your creative designs directly onto the pumpkin.
There’s nothing like spooky white pumpkins decked out in glittery stripes and polka dots! Use mini-pumpkins to create glamorously ghoulish place card holders (carefully split the stem with a sharp utility knife to insert your cards). All you will need is a package of loose glitter, craft glue, a round foam pouncer, artist’s brushes and spray-on sealer. Make polka dots by dipping the pouncer in glue and lightly dabbing it on the pumpkin surface then sprinkling with glitter. Paint glue on every other pumpkin section and sprinkle with glitter to create the stripes. When the glue is dry, brush off excess glitter and apply the spray sealer.
If DIY projects aren’t your forte, a number of retailers will be happy to do the work for you. For instance, the folks at Grandin Road offer a bounty of precocious pumpkins that range from small to large and feature a variety of distinctively trendy designs. Choose from powdercoated chevron, stripes or a harlequin pattern. You can use them indoors and out, so the decorating possibilities are endless.
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