Sometime last week I finally accepted that the colder months are officially here and bought some mini pumpkins to get in the fall spirit. I picked these up at Lindos—they have pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes for a reasonable price—but wanted them to pop a little more once I’d displayed them at home. The result was a modern twist on traditional fall décor; all made using inexpensive and locally purchased supplies. Use these methods to spice up your own minis or really go for it and decorate some larger pumpkins!
You’ll need glitter, Elmer’s glue (not a glue stick), a small paintbrush, a piece of printer paper and a small receptacle (like a recycled plastic yogurt container) for the glue. I managed to find all of my supplies around the house except the glitter, which I bought at the Heron Bay Dollar Depot.
Once you’ve washed and dried the pumpkin (or apple or pear), use the paintbrush to apply glue to the places you’d like to cover with glitter. You can make shapes, just bedazzle certain segments like I did or go all out and cover the whole thing but I recommend going in segments around your fruit of choice to avoid getting glue everywhere.
After you’ve applied the glue to your first segment, hold the pumpkin by its stem over the piece of paper and sprinkle with glitter until completely covered. By placing the printer paper underneath you won’t waste any glitter as you can pour it back into the shaker but be warned: glitter will get everywhere.
Make your way around the pumpkin until completely covered as desired and leave to dry. Once dry, tap a few times to remove any excess glitter and viola! Glitter covered pumpkin!
Pro tip: While applying glitter, keep another dry paintbrush at hand to brush off any excess glitter that is stuck to the pumpkin’s surface naturally.
You’ll need acrylic paint, a paint brush, newspaper/paper to keep your surface free of paint and a recycled yogurt container to hold the paint. Small bottles of acrylic crafting paint are available at The Stationery Store in a variety of colours.
This is a fun one to do with kids! Simply painting a pumpkin in self-explanatory so I won’t waste time explaining it here besides suggesting using a lighter coloured pumpkin to avoid having to do too many layers. Pumpkins don’t need to be a solid colour, either, why not make some abstract pumpkins? Don’t forget to wash the fruit first!
Pro tip: Get a gold Sharpie paint pen from The Stationery Store and colour the stems, too!
3. Mini Pumpkin Votive
You’ll need a kitchen or X-acto knife, a small spoon and a votive candle.
Begin by washing and drying the pumpkin. Cut a small hole, just smaller than the diameter of the candle, in the top of the pumpkin. You can make marks with a dry-erase marker to help you know where to cut but don’t make it too wide or else the candle will just fall right through.
Take off and discard the top. Use the small spoon to remove the seeds and hollow out the inside of the pumpkin. Still using the spoon, gradually scrape the edges of the hole you cut to make them smooth and even- you want them to slope gradually outwards at an angle so the hole is slightly smaller as you go deeper into the flesh of the pumpkin.
Fit the votive in to the hole so it fits snugly. If it doesn’t fit, scrape a little more off the edges and try again until it does. If the hole gets too big and the candle falls through, use some tissue paper inside the pumpkin to support the votive through the hole.