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Glittered Pumpkin Centerpiece

Source: Martha Stewart Living, Special Issue 2009


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.


  • 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)


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

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

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

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