How to Make DIY Glitter Pumpkins for Glam Fall Decor

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Add a little glam to your fall decor with these DIY glitter pumpkins! Discover how to transform mini white pumpkins into dazzling works of art using Mod Podge and brown glitter.

DIY glitter pumpkin with velvet ribbon and dried oak leaves.

It’s time to say goodbye to ordinary pumpkins and say hello to these sparkly DIY glitter pumpkins!

Fall is full of vibrant colors and cozy moments, and what better way to enjoy the season than by adding a touch of glam to your home decor.

These easy to make glitter pumpkins capture the essence of autumn in such a unique and charming way. What better way to capture the light and create a warm, inviting atmosphere in your home!

And really…who couldn’t use a little sparkle and shine this time of year?!

In this blog post, I’ll show you how easy it is to transform humble, mini white pumpkins into dazzling showpieces using just a few supplies you might already have in your home.

Glitter pumpkin made with Mod Podge & glitter for fall decor.

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Why You’ll Want to Make These DIY Pumpkins

These unique DIY glitter pumpkins will add a touch of personalized glamour to your decor and I think you’ll find they capture the essence of fall in a fun, unique way.

You will be able to use your creativity to transform ordinary pumpkins into one of a kind, sparkly works of art.

DIY fall decor to create a cozy home for the autumn season.

Whether you’re looking to add a centerpiece to your Thanksgiving dinner table, create a warm & inviting atmosphere for your guests, or simply indulging in a creative project for the season; these DIY pumpkins are the perfect choice!

What you’ll love about this DIY:


  • EASY TO MAKE – These homemade glitter pumpkins are so easy to make that even the kiddos can help! With just a couple of supplies you’ll have glamorous pumpkins for your fall decor in no time.
  • BUDGET FRIENDLY – Achieve a high-end look without the cost. These DIY pumpkins will look like a million bucks but will only cost you a few dollars to make.
  • CUSTOMIZATION – Turn a simple DIY fall decor project into a creative adventure by experimenting with pumpkin shapes, glitter colors & patterns, and embellishments.
Homemade glitter pumpkins for elegant and sparkly home decor.

Supplies You’ll Need for Glitter Pumpkins

  • Mini White Pumpkins: These petite pumpkins serve as the perfect canvas for your DIY project. Their small size makes them easy to handle. I used real white pumpkins but faux pumpkins could be used for this craft as well.
  • Mod Podge: This versatile decoupage medium is the adhesive base for your glitter application. Its matte finish ensures a smooth surface for the glitter to adhere to, giving a professional look to your glitter pumpkins.
  • Brown Extra Chunky Glitter: Adds a touch of warmth and sophistication to your pumpkins. (Feel free to use any color glitter you love and that fits your personal preference.)
  • Paintbrush: An essential tool for applying Mod Podge evenly on the pumpkins.
  • Wax Paper or Newspaper: Cover your workspace with wax paper, newspaper, or a disposable tablecloth to catch glitter and protect your surfaces. This makes cleanup much easier.
  • Clear Sealant Spray (Optional): A clear sealant spray will provide an additional layer of protection, preventing glitter shedding and ensuring the longevity of your glitter pumpkins. I did not do this step, but will definitely do this when I make these again.
  • Ribbon (Optional): Add a finishing touch to your glitter pumpkins by wrapping the stems with ribbon.

Note: Choose mini pumpkins with longer stems. The extended stems not only add an elegant touch to your glitter pumpkins but also provide a convenient handle while crafting. They make it easier to hold the pumpkins without touching the freshly applied Mod Podge and glitter, ensuring a smoother and mess free process.

Why You’ll Want to use Extra Chunky Glitter

Here’s a little secret that is going to elevate your DIY glitter pumpkins…not all glitters are created equal!

When it comes to adding texture and depth to your pumpkins, opt for extra chunky glitter. Unlike finer glitters, extra chunky glitter creates a more pronounced and textured surface.

Chunky glitter is the secret ingredient to making your glitter pumpkins truly stand out, giving them a beautiful, glamorous touch.

SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED

How to Make DIY Glitter Pumpkins

With a handful of supplies and a sprinkle of creativity, you can turn mini white pumpkins into beautiful works of art that sparkle and shine.

Create your own glitter pumpkins for fall decorations with glitter and small gourds.

Here’s the easy step by step instructions on how to make glitter pumpkins at home.

1. Prepare Your Workspace

Working with glitter can get messy, which is the fun of it!

But to help with cleanup, cover your workspace with wax paper, newspaper, or a disposable tablecloth to catch any glitter that falls off of the pumpkins while you’re crafting.

2. Clean Pumpkins

If you’re using real pumpkins like I did, clean your mini white pumpkins to remove any dirt or debris.

Use a damp cloth to gently wipe them clean, then make sure they dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step.

3. Apply Mod Podge to Top of Pumpkin

Using a paintbrush, apply a thin, even layer of Mod Podge to the surface of the top half of the pumpkin making sure to get into the ribs as well.

Apply Mod Podge to a small white pumpkin for the adhesive for the sparkles.

Don’t worry if you get Mod Podge on the pumpkin stem. It dries clear so you won’t see it on your finished pumpkin.

4. Sprinkle Glitter

Holding your pumpkin over a piece of wax paper, generously sprinkle the brown glitter all over the Mod Podge coated surface.

Rotate the pumpkin and continue to sprinkle until it’s entirely covered in glitter. Gently shake off any excess glitter.

Apply brown glitter to a small white pumpkin with Mod Podge.

Note: Sprinkling the glitter over a piece of paper allows you to collect any excess glitter neatly. Once you’re done, carefully fold the paper, creating a funnel and pour the leftover glitter back into your glitter container. This way, you can reuse any sparkles that haven’t adhered to the pumpkins.

5. Repeat & Let Pumpkins Dry

Repeat the Mod Podge and glitter application process for each pumpkin your decorating.

Let the tops of the pumpkins dry completely for about 1-2 hours.

Add sparkle to a small gourd with brown glitter for glam fall decor.

Once the pumpkin tops are dry, repeat the same Mod Podge and glitter processes for the bottom of the pumpkin.

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6. Seal the Pumpkins (optional)

To prevent the glitter from shedding, you can spray your glitter pumpkins with a clear sealant spray. I did not do this step, but this will help your pumpkins keep longer.

Hold the pumpkins over a protected surface and spray them evenly. Let them dry according to the sealant’s instructions.

7. Finishing Touch (optional)

Once your glitter pumpkins are dry, you can add some additional touches to enhance their “glam factor”.

DIY fall home decor with natural elements and sparkles.

I tied a thin velvet ribbon around our glitter pumpkin stems to complete the look. You could also tie twine around the stem for more of a rustic touch.

TIPS

  • Choose mini pumpkins with longer stems. The extended stems not only add an elegant touch to your glitter pumpkins but also provide a convenient handle while crafting.
  • Clean your pumpkins thoroughly and ensure they are completely dry before applying Mod Podge. Any dirt or moisture can affect the adhesion of the glitter.
  • Use a paintbrush to apply Mod Podge evenly. Uneven application can result in clumps or streaks in your glitter. A thin, smooth layer works best.
  • Sprinkle the glitter over a piece of wax paper to catch excess glitter. This makes cleanup easier and allows you to reuse any unused glitter.
  • Work on one section at a time. Apply Mod Podge and glitter to one area, let it dry, then move on to the next section. This prevents smudging and ensures a neat finish.
  • Consider sealing your glitter pumpkins with a clear sealant spray. This protects the glitter and ensures longevity.
  • While brown glitter is classic for fall, don’t hesitate to experiment with other colors or even mix different shades for a unique, sparkly effect.
  • For an extra touch of creativity, consider adding rhinestones, sequins, or other small embellishments to your glitter pumpkins.

Where to Display DIY Glitter Pumpkins

Wondering where you might be able to display your DIY pumpkins or where you can decorate with them?

Sparkly pumpkins for fall decorations in seasonal home decor.

Here are a few creative ideas:

  • Fall Centerpieces: Arrange the glitter pumpkins in the center of your dining table. They make for a stunning focal point for fall themed dinner parties.
  • Mantel Decor: Line your mantel with these glittering pumpkins alongside candles and autumn foliage for a cozy and sophisticated fall display.
  • Table Settings: Use mini glitter pumpkins as place card holders or napkin rings during dinner parties. They add a fun, personalized touch to each guest’s place setting.
  • Seasonal Displays: Incorporate these pumpkins into larger seasonal displays. Pair them with pinecones, acorns, and dried leaves for a rustic fall arrangement.

FAQs About Glitter Pumpkins

Absolutely! While brown is classic for fall, you can experiment with various glitter colors to match your decor theme. The possibilities are endless!

Mod Podge is specifically designed for decoupage projects and works well for this DIY. While other adhesives might work, Mod Podge provides a smooth, even surface for the glitter to adhere to.

Drying times can vary based on the thickness of the Mod Podge layer and the humidity in your environment. Generally, it takes a couple of hours for the Mod Podge to dry completely.

DIY fall decorations made with pumpkins, glitter, and Mod Podge.

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11 Comments

  1. I absolutely love this idea! Your pumpkins turned out great and I love the color of the glitter you selected.

  2. First, I do like the brown glitter. It does make it more glam! I made glitter pumpkins a few years ago with my young grandkids The usual gold glitter and white glue with fake pumpkins. Not sure why guys don’t like glitter projects. Sometimes my SIL still has to adjust to what my grands and I get up too with their mom right there too!

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