It’s Miss Mustard Seed Monday! We’re sharing our Dollar Tree Glass Glitter Pumpkins as we countdown to the launch of Marian’s new book, Feels Like Home.
Be sure to grab your copy and follow along so you don’t miss anything!
If you missed last week’s installment of Miss Mustard Seed Monday, we dug into Marian’s archives to recreate grain sack pillow covers.
They were super easy to make, and you can use them throughout the year no matter what the season because they’re so neutral.
Bonus, you can completely customize the pillow covers based on whatever goes best with your décor!
This week, we’re diving back into Miss Mustard Seed’s archives to create glass glitter pumpkins!
I had never ever heard of glass glitter until I saw it on her blog years ago as part of a festive Halloween tablescape.
Once I saw her glitter everything from letters, to pumpkins, to pinecones, I was totally hooked though.
At the time I started working on these glass glitter pumpkins, real pumpkins hadn’t hit the stores in my part of Florida yet.
I headed to the Dollar Tree to see if they had any foam pumpkins still in stock. Thankfully, they had plenty.
Here’s a look at how to make Dollar Tree Glass Glitter Pumpkins…
Glass Glitter Pumpkin Supplies:
- Pumpkins (We used foam pumpkins from the Dollar Store)
- Glass Glitter (We used both silver and gold glass glitter)
- Pumpkin Stems (We used sticks from our yard)
- Glue (We used Mod Podge in a Matte finish)
- Spray Adhesive, optional
- Spray Paint, optional (We used Krylon in Dover White)
- Craft Paint (We used Americana Décor Chalky Paint in Primitive)
- Small Art Paintbrushes
- Dark Furniture Paste Wax (We used Annie Sloan Dark Furniture Paste Wax)
- Gloves (Make sure they’re thick enough to protect against the glass glitter)
- Wax Brush or Lint Free Cloth
- Tarp or Kraft Paper (to protect your worksurface)
Glass Glitter Pumpkin Steps:
Gather your supplies and lay a tarp or kraft paper down to protect your work surfaces. The foam pumpkins we picked up from the Dollar Store were bright orange.
So, we removed the green stem,
and applied several coats of Krylon spray paint in the color, Dover White, to give it a creamy white base. As always, use caution and care when spray painting. And be sure to paint in a well-ventilated area.
If you’re new to spray painting, you can find our favorite spray painting tips and tricks here.
Once all the coats of spray paint were dry, we applied a 50/50 wash of water and Chalky Paint in Primitive on the pumpkin to give it an additional layer.
After the wash was dry, we applied dark furniture paste wax to give the glass glitter pumpkin a bit of patina. Be sure to rub the wax in well so it doesn’t make your pumpkin sticky.
A little wax goes a long way!
While the wax is setting, use a small art brush to apply a coat of glue onto your pumpkin stem. We used sticks from our yard. But you can use a real pumpkin stem if you have it on hand.
Keep in mind, you’ll need to make sure your stick or stem is free from pests, dirt, and debris by giving it a bleach bath. Allow it to dry completely before applying the glue or the glass glitter.
You definitely don’t want to bring any critters inside your house!
On a side note, how much does my old paintbrush look like the stick from the yard 🤣 I think it’s time for an upgrade 🙌
Next, we used a spoon to scoop up the glitter glass, gently spreading it over the stem, and knocking off any excess glass glitter back into the box.
Again, use caution and care as you do this step – glass glitter is made from actual shards of glass.
Insert the stem into the foam pumpkin.
Then begin adding glue around the stem of the pumpkin as well as on top. We added enough glue so our glass glitter would look like it was just spilling over the top of the foam pumpkin.
Next, we added silver glass glitter to the top of the pumpkin with a spoon being careful to tap off any excess glitter.
To seal, we used a light coat of spray adhesive and allowed it to dry completely.
Crafting Pumpkins this Fall…
I know it might seem like a lot of steps to make these Dollar Tree glass glitter pumpkins, but I promise they were super simple.
Besides, when is the last time you let yourself settle in for an afternoon of crafting?
Are there things on your Pinterest boards you’ve been meaning to DIY for years but just haven’t made the time to do it yet?
Fall is a great time to tackle the projects both big and small you’ve been putting off. It’s also a fantastic time to create a cozy and inviting home that meets your needs and the needs of your family.
So, get started today!