Monday, September 17, 2012

Guest Blogger, Glitter Pumpkins

Hey guys,

Today Katherine from Irish Italian Blessings will be sharing with us on a fun fall craft. I'm so thrilled that she agreed to help me on my blog hiatus, she is one of the first blogs I found once I made the transition over to Blogger. She has a fun, family-oriented blog, full of great ideas, tips, and stories. Okay, I'll stop singing her praises and let you see for yourself. ;)

Hey Hey Living the Leviner Life readers! I am thrilled to be guest posting for Anna while she takes care of her baby bundle! I've been a reader of Anna's blog for such a long time so we go way way bloggies buddies of course. She's one of my favorites. and I'm honored to be here! I'm Katherine from Irish Italian Blessings, pretty much a super awesome blog about with a wee bit of humor. Come say hello, I'll make you laugh, guaranteed or your money back!

Today I'm sharing a great Fall Tutorial on how to make Glitter Pumpkins. I make them every year and the opportunities for color are endless. Enjoy!

Every year one of my favorite things to do is to make Glitter Pumpkins. If you've never heard of them, you're in luck and you're probably going to want to make them. This is a super simple craft to do, I mean, if I can do it, YOU definitely can do it.
Oh and one more itty bitty piece of advice, if you're doing this with a toddler (like me) just be prepared for glitter to be on your floor, table, chair, and matter how hard you try to avoid this. But hey, Everyone could use a little glitter in their life right?!

OK let's do this!
Supplies: A small brush, Elmer's glue, Glitter - Fine Glitter is best, paper plates or newspaper & Pumpkins
 I use Martha Stewart Craft Glitter in the following colors: Yellow Gold, Fire Opal, and Bronze.
You can use ANY colors you like, I prefer these since they're Fall-sh.
I've seen these done in everything from pink to black and they all look pretty great.
 I choose smaller pumpkins because they're easier to use and don't require as much time, energy, glitter.
 Since I'm not equipped to take pictures and complete the craft, I'm going to tell you what I did ;)

I work over a paper plate to reduce the mess but you can use newspaper.
  • Paint your glue on the pumpkin in sections
  • After you apply the glue, shake on the glitter. The glue will dry clear.
  • You can shake the glitter directly on to the glued pumpkin.
  • I do this over a paper plate so it catches the extra glitter. Then I use a spoon and take the glitter off the plate and spoon it over the glued pumpkin to get a better coating.
  • Repeat all over the pumpkin until your pumpkin is coated in glitter.
  • Let dry for about an hour and then shake off the extra glitter. I also pour the excess glitter back into the container.
Go here if you'd like to see a video from Martha Stewart making these pumpkins.

Helpful tip: I don't coat the bottom of the pumpkin in glue or glitter because really, no one sees that part of the pumpkin and it just reduces the amount of glitter left wherever you decide to place it.

So here is the end result. I put the larger pumpkin up on the mantle with my Fall decor.
 I bought some leaves from the dollar store and placed them on a silver plate and put my pumpkins on top of that and used them as my table centerpiece. They look beautiful under the light.

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