Ombre Polka Dot Glitter Pumpkins

I’m still on the great pumpkin decorating spree of 2012! Haha.  In addition to my Crayon Drip Pumpkin, Instagram Pumpkin, Mustache Pumpkin, Handkerchief pumpkins and Fabric Pumpkin,  I now add Ombre Polka Dot Glitter pumpkins to the list.  I actually have a few more pumpkin projects in the works at my day job (iLoveToCreate) and you’ll see a special post tomorrow on my friend Jen’s blog at Tatertots & Jello! I don’t know about you, but ever since Martha did those glitter pumpkins a few years back, I’ve had an addiction to the glitter pumpkin! This version is a little different color twist than the normal Halloween colors, but I’m all about mixing it up!  So let’s get started!

What you need: Large and small white pumpkins, Tulip Fashion Glitter 5 pack, Aleene’s large adhesive Tacky Dots (available at Michaels), Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Spray, and polka dot stickers.

I started with my large polka dot pumpkin. The Tacky Dots are super easy to use and extra large!  They are double sided so you simply remove the plastic backing from one side of the dot and adhere, peeling the other plastic backing away.

Instead of putting all the dots on one time, I did a section at a time.

I simply glittered the dots using the Tulip Fashion Glitters, making sure to cover them well.

I then dumped off the glitter. Next I applied another series of dots, and I continued with turquoise. I next glittered the royal blue and purple dots! If there’s any excess glitter on the pumpkins, I used a small paintbrush to brush the glitter off.

For the small pumpkin, randomly put the polka dot stickers on your pumpkin.

Spray the top of the pumpkin with glitter using the Fast Grab Tacky Spray.  Sprinkle the first coat of glitter and shake off.

Spray the next section and add the next color of glitter. Continue with the next two colors until your pumpkin is covered like this.

Peel off the stickers carefully. You can use a small paintbrush to ged rid of any excess glitter inside your dots.

And there you have it!  Of course you can use your favorite colors of glitter in ombre shades – or – you could do it in a shade like candy corn colors…wouldn’t that be fun?

Here’s a version my friend Pattiewack used just using the regular orange pumpkin and black glitter! Such a classic fun look!

I would love it if you stay a while and check out some of my other fun pumpkin designs. I have over 30 fun tutorials to get inspired by. Click on a picture below to find that inspiration.

Until next time Swellions!


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6 Polka Dot Pumpkin Craft Ideas!

me and polka dot pumpkin

One of my favorite ways to decorate a pumpkin is to stick with a simple polka dot design. I personally believe you can never go wrong with polka dots or stripes! Here’s some fun ideas to get you inspired and mix up your polka dot pumpkin crafts this year!

1) Add a fancy monogram and swirls to mix up your pounced polka dot look with Half Full Martini!

2) Add glitter dots to your pumpkin with Better Homes and Gardens

3) A little spray paint and circle labels make this little faux pumpkin by Darling Doodles shine.

4) How cool are these tack and nail pumpkins from Jaimee Rose at AZCentral?

5) Use an apple corer and mallet to make these multicolor gourds from Midwest Living!

6) Leave the holes unplugged for this pretty luminary look by Eddie Ross.

So are you going to make a polka dot pumpkin this year?

Until next time Swellions!


Easy Stripe and Polka Dot Pumpkins


I just love mini pumpkins and I love how a little pumpkin can spice up décor! So I thought I would share a few simple tips for creating super cute pumpkins in a flash! I created all these pumpkins…each about 15 minutes apiece. Here’s a few quick tips for making easy stripe and polka dot pumpkins!

– A black permanent marker is a great way to draw lines, doodle, and personalize. It’s also dries super fast. On the white pumpkin above, I drew the lines on, but then went back in with a fine liner brush and black acrylic paint to paint in the squares.

– Use the veins of the pumpkin as natural striped guides to paint your stripes. That’s what I did for the orange and black pumpkin above.

– Also on the orange and black pumpkin above, I added dot details with white acrylic paint. For dots, simply dip the end of your brush into white paint and dab onto your pumpkin. Reload as needed.

– Get perfect large polka dots by using a sponge pouncer dipped in paint. Sponge pouncers come in various sizes. For a sparkly look, sprinkle glitter onto your paint while it is still wet and let dry. Dust any sparkle residue left around the paint after the paint has dried.

– Think about other ways you can make a simple pumpkin design…play with zigzag, diagonal, swirl, patterns and more.

So be sure to stock up on lots of mini pumpkins this season and go to town making these simple pumpkins. I really think you’ll be happy with the simple, yet stunning results!

Check out my other fun pumpkin crafts on my site. Click on the picture to be taken to the project.