DIY Design: Perfect Pumpkins

By November 17, 2014Blog Post

Just in time for Thanksgiving I have the perfect DIY project to liven up your feast. These pumpkins also make elegant centerpieces for an autumn wedding.

I bought my Styrofoam pumpkins from Hobby Lobby. They are still available and now they are at least 50% off! This project also works as a makeover for any old Styrofoam or ceramic pumpkins lying your house.


Drop cloth
Rubber gloves
Styrofoam pumpkins
Metallic gold and metallic silver spray paint
Gold and silver glitter
Brush-on tacky glue

Step 1
Lay out your drop cloth somewhere outside with plenty of fresh air. You don’t want to get high on the paint fumes! Consider wearing a mask. I always wear plastic gloves when spray painting to keep the paint off my hands (it takes forever to wash dry paint off skin).

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Step 2
Spray the pumpkins with metallic gold or metallic silver spray paint. Make sure to keep your spray can at least 2 feet away from the pumpkins. Spray in a circular motion until they are coated.

Step 3
Let dry for 10-20 minutes. Once dry, flip the pumpkins over and coat the underside.

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Step 4
Allow pumpkins to dry for 30 minutes.

Step 5
Use the brush of your brush-on tacky glue to apply glue onto the pumpkin’s stem.

Step 6
Sprinkle silver or gold glitter onto the stems until coated. Shake the excess glitter off the pumpkin onto your drop cloth. I mixed both gold and silver glitter before I applied it to my pumpkins to pull all the metallic centerpiece colors together.

Step 7
Let the glue dry for 30 minutes.

Step 8
Decorate! Here’s some pictures of I used my pumpkins for the Tulsa Wedding Merchants event at Philbrook. Linens and votives courtesy of Party Pro Rents.

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BONUS: I also grabbed some pinecones from a tree in my backyard to add a little autumn variety. I brushed them with my tacky glue and sprinkled them with glitter. Let dry for 30 minutes, then add them to your elegant centerpieces.

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Can’t wait to see what Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas youcome up with. Post your pictures in the comment section below!

Happy Thanksgiving from Take Heart Events!

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