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Glittered Crystal-Encrusted Pumpkin

Go glitzy instead of ghoulish this Halloween. We spritzed this black pumpkin with a coat of shimmery spray paint, then gave it a glittered top with silver accents: sequins, rhinestones, and crystals. In a word? Glamorous.

glittered crystal decorated pumpkin

Photography: Peter Ardito

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from Digital Editor Alexandra Churchill. We used a black-colored craft pumpkin, but an ordinary pumpkin can be spray-painted black if desired. Tip: Inexpensive hairspray can seal a glittered item. Spray it lightly over the surface and it will help the glitter stay on longer.

materials

  • Black pumpkin
  • Silver spray paint
  • Crystals (Pictured: Pearl-shaped sew-on jewels, $9.98 for 36, mjtrim.com)
  • Silver sequins
  • Spray adhesive
  • Silver glitter
  • Spoon
  • Tweezers
  • Hot-glue gun

steps

  1. Cover the top of pumpkin with metallic silver spray paint, centered on the stem; let dry completely.
    glittered crystal decorated pumpkin step 1
  2. Cover the spray-painted top of the pumpkin with spray adhesive; then sprinkle with spoonfuls of silver glitter silver glitter; let dry. Tap off any excess glitter. Repeat gluing and glittering process on top surface of pumpkin until coverage is desired.
    glittered crystal decorated pumpkin step 2
  3. Decorate base of the stem with assorted sequins, rhinestones, and flat-back crystals, using tweezers and a dab of hot-glue to affix each one into place. (Tip: We used varied sizes of embellishments to achieve this dimensional look.)

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