Marbled Blacklight Pumpkin DIY


If you’re a pumpkin crafter, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of nail polish pumpkins.  The thing with nail polish pumpkins; however, is that you have very little polish to work with and you generally can only dip smaller-sized pumpkins with them.  Also I personally think using nail polish is a lot more stinkier than spray paint (this may be a personal preference).  Anyway, after seeing this post a few years back Alisa Burke marbleizing paper and ornaments, I knew I wanted to try it with a pumpkin and I’m actually happy with how mine turned out.  Let me show you how easy and fun these are to make!

What you need:

— faux pumpkin
— various colors of spray paint (I used neon so they’d look good under blacklight)
— large bin filled with water
— Gloves (get the gloves, see below)

Before you begin:
Fill a large plastic bin with water. You want enough water so you can submerge your entire pumpkin.

Spray the first color on top. It will spread out as you spray into a halo shape in the water.
Keep spraying and adding more colors till the surface of the water is totally filled with colors.
Once you’ve sprayed the surface, immediately dip your pumpkin.
It takes a little force to push the pumpkin below the water.  It was hard for me to capture on camera, but once your pumpkin is totally dunked, you need to pull it up lifting off the paint from the surface of the water.
If there’s an area of the pumpkin that you’ve missed, you can dunk it back in and focus on that area. You may layer over top of a. section you’ve already covered, but because this is abstract and random, it’s hard to mess it up!
Remember when I said you needed gloves. This is why.  I got the spray paint on my hand and it took a couple days for it totally to be off my hand. There was a lot of hand washing those two days. LOL.

Here’s what it looked like when I set up my blacklight.  I was wanting the neon to really pop and pop it did!  I am looking forward to putting this in my glowing decorations this Halloween!





10 minute Halloween Drip Vase

Short on time, but needing a cool centerpiece for you table or accent for your mantle décor?  Then this drip vase project is for you!  I’ve been dripping a lot of things lately (Dripped crayon pumpkin, anyone?), but this one by far is the simplest and easiest one to do!

I’m not going to include formal step by steps for this one, cause it goes like this… 1) wash and clean a glass 20 oz. tea bottle or bottle of your choice. 2) Spray paint the bottle black and let dry. 3) Mix acrylic paint with some water (2 parts paint to 1 part water). I actually used some leftover Tulip Paint Cannon paint I had left over in my paint stash that was this consistency. 4) Pour slowly over top of jar letting the drips create stripes on the side of the bottle. Let dry. 5) Find some coordinating floral sprays from your local craft store and insert into jar for a funky look.  I picked my glittery floral sprays up at Michaels.

Here’s how it looked right after I poured the paint.  My other two projects…the pink drip bottle and dripped neon pumpkin are what I consider to be Craft Fails. The orange and pink paints I used was too runny (too much water in it) and dried very dull.  The green on the other hand wasn’t liquidy enough and dried globby. They looked awesome though right after I poured them. Too bad they couldn’t stay that way! 🙁

Now that I’ve ruined the pumpkin, I think I’m going to cover it with fabric or paper. I have a few ideas up my sleeve to make it come back to life and not be a totally miserable fail!

Until next time Swellions!


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