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Project

Glittered Pumpkin Centerpiece

Introduction

It's easy to transform any home into a haunted manor; here, a towering glittered pumpkin centerpiece, gothic silver candlesticks, and black candles shrouded in "spiderwebs" do the trick.

These synthetic pumpkins of varying sizes glisten with a spectral sheen thanks to coats of paint and ultrafine opaque black, silver, and charcoal (a mixture of black and silver) glitter. They are arranged on a tiered cake stand; layers of 'Dusty Miller' foliage and a slew of artificial spiders evoke a ghostly garden.

Materials

  • Synthetic pumpkins of assorted sizes
  • Ultrafine black and silver glitter
  • Tiered cake stands
  • Black paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Tacky glue
  • Bowl
  • Tray or plate
  • Artificial spiders (optional)
  • 'Dusty Miller' foliage (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Paint the pumpkins black, then apply tacky glue to half of each pumpkin using a paintbrush.

  2. Step 2

    Hold pumpkin over a bowl filled with glitter. Spoon glitter over glued surface, making certain the glitter falls into all the crevices and sockets, and any excess lands back in the bowl.

  3. Step 3

    Place on a plate or tray and let dry for at least 1 hour. Tap or brush off any excess glitter.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat gluing and glittering on uncoated surface of each pumpkin until completely covered, and touch up other areas as needed.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, Special Issue 2009

Reviews (2)

  • littlebhart 7 Oct, 2011

    Do you let the paint dry before you apply the glue?

  • yummydiva28 6 Oct, 2011

    this center piece is very pretty.