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Pumpkin Decorating

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Apart from Christmas, I think Halloween is my favourite holiday.

Part of the reason I enjoy it so much is pumpkin carving and decorating.

This year I decided to mix it up a little and try something different with my pumpkins.

This resulting in fun, easy to do, kid-friendly pumpkin decorating.

The key ingredient? GLITTER!

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If you want to replicate the pumpkins I made, here is what you will need:

  • a pumpkin (duh!)
  • white paint
  • silver spray paint
  • silver glitter
  • black glitter
  • black paint
  • paint brush (one large, one small)
  • electrical tape (masking tape will work too)
  • newspaper

To make the ‘bat’ pumpkin, you will need to cover your desk (or wherever you are working) with newspaper. I painted my pumpkin with white paint all over. Let it dry, then gave it a second coat. Once the second coat had dried, I took some silver spray paint, and lightly sprayed the top half of the pumpkin. (At this point I had no idea how I was decorating the pumpkin so I was just kind of winging it). Then, before this dried I poured silver glitter all over where I had sprayed the silver spray paint. Once this had dried, with a small paint brush, I began painting bat silhouettes all around the side of the pumpkin. If you want to, you can get a bat stencil but I just did it free hand, and all the bats look different which I like. Before the black paint dried I poured black glitter on it. Let it settle for a minute then shake off the excess.

And this was the finished result

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For my next pumpkin I began by taping off the sections of the pumpkin using electrical tape (I prefer to use electrical tape rather than masking tape, because you can manipulate the electrical tape to bend with the shape of the pumpkin).

Once I had all the sections taped off, I began painting every second one black, and before it dried, I poured black glitter over it.

Once it has all dried, carefully tear off the tape and you are finished!

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I really like this technique for decorating pumpkins. It’s easy, and there is virtually no mess (well apart from the glitter that is, but I would rather have glitter everywhere than pumpkin guts!)

It is also a brilliant option for little kiddies so no knifes or carving tools have to get involved.

Also, these pumpkins will last for weeks, whereas carved pumpkins only last a day or two before they start decaying.

Please let me know what you think of these pumpkins, and how you will be decorating your pumpkins this year.

– Bee

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