Monday, October 21, 2013

'Shine Bright, Like a Pumpkin'

 Glitter Pumpkin Tutorial and easy DIY project

Sometimes my little man surprises me.   
Actually, he surprises me all the time, but in this case, I’m referring to his suggestion for a ‘crafty’ thing.
The other day I threw out a suggestion to him that we should decorate a pumpkin. 
His response?  ‘Yes Mommy! Lets decorate a pumpkin with glitter!’  
The Lego-lovin, Superhero-wanna-be, makes-everything-into-a-gun, kid came up with this idea.    
I wasn’t sure how to respond. But I liked the idea!

We ventured to the dollar store and found some little pumpkins I thought we could ‘glitter-up.’ 

Then we made a stop at the craft store for some glitter.   And, after having a long debate about which color glitter to buy  {he was adamant about green or blue, and I was thinking something more neutral}, we compromised with a multi color glitter. 

It turned out to be quite a fun {and messy!} little project.   
I put the glue on, and he would throw {literally!} the glitter on. 

At one point I commented on how shiny the glittery pumpkin looked and, without hesitation, he started singing ‘Shine bright like a pumpkin’ {to the tune of ‘Shine Bright Like a Diamond’ by Rihanna}. 
The kid cracks me up.   Never a dull moment, I tell ya!

Now that little tune has become something we say and laugh about together.  And, when I see the sparkly pumpkin all I can think is ‘Shine bright like a pumpkin.’

If nothing else, the glittery pumpkin makes me smile. Especially when I think about our new ‘shine bright like a pumpkin’ tune!

It’s the little things in life, right?

Now, Let the sparkly fun begin! 

Supplies needed:
* Pumpkin {I bought mine at the dollar store}
* Glue
* Glitter
* Bowl for glitter
* Wax paper or something to put on the table while decorating

First, make sure to lay down some wax paper or newspaper to cover the surface where you will be working.  Glitter gets everywhere! Everywhere!

Pour glitter into a small bowl.

‘Paint’ glue onto the pumpkin.   I used a small paintbrush, but you could use a foam craft brush too.  

Scoop glitter up with a spoon and pour onto pumpkin where painted with glue.  Little man used his fingers to scoop the glue, which worked, but it resulted in more glitter on his fingers than the pumpkin!

Let dry.  Repeat on other sections of the pumpkin until completely covered with glitter {or you achieve desired look}.

And done! 
Now you have a new pumpkin to add a little sparkle to your fall décor.

Shine bright!  In this case, like a pumpkin!

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