For Mother’s Day, I got my mom tickets to see Paul McCartney here in New Orleans. It was one of her lifelong dreams to see him perform and she was super excited. Then the concert date in June approached, and Sir McCartney cancelled the show due to laryngitis or something. Mom was devastated–and I can´t help but say, I was too. He rescheduled for October, which seemed to be years away. Anyway, fast forward to last week, and excitement started building for the concert again. We decided to make a whole day of it and celebrate Mother’s Day in October.
I requested off from work and told her we could do whatever she liked. She told me she wanted to paint pumpkins…?! “Okay,” I said. “Whatever you want.”
Well we started browsing Pinterest for painted pumpkin ideas and became inspired. We had plenty of spray paint at home. We decided we needed to buy pumpkins and glitter. The rest would take care of itself.
Initially we were looking for fake pumpkins, thinking they’d be easier to work with. We bought several little styrofoam ones at The Dollar Store but ended up buying a real one at Walmart, too, because we wanted at least one big one.
We did find some really lovely pumpkins at Big Lots but they were already decorated and beautiful and buying those would have been no fun.
Then we went to Michael’s for glitter and found some super cute stick on jewel letters on sale for 68¢! Couldn’t pass it up.
Back at home we got to work. To recreate these pumpkins here’s what you need:
- White spray paint
- Clear spray paint
- Elmer’s glue
- Painter’s tape or masking tape
- Foamy brushes
Here’s what you do:
- Wash all the dirt off your pumpkin and dry thoroughly.
- Go outside to spray paint your pumpkins. Use long and smooth motions so the paint is even.
- Add a second coat if your orange is still really visible.
- The real pumpkin we did in the grass. For the Styrofoam pumpkins, we used skewers to hold them and rotate them.
- We put the jewel letter on the big pumpkin. Stuck it right in the middle and then lightly spray painted over it. It was the self-adhering kind.
- Let them dry. We set up a fan outside to speed this up, and they dried pretty quickly. Maybe 20 minutes.
Inside, protect your workplace by spreading out newspaper. This will help you clean up and will hopefully keep glitter from going everywhere. We actually used pages out of the White Pages hahaha because we were out of newspaper. We probably should have done all this outside, too, but it was just so hot!
- Dilute your Elmer’s glue in water (2 parts glue 1 part water)
- For the pumpkin that’s only glitter on the top half, we put painter’s tape around the middle. For the other two, we freestyled it. Go cray with your designs!
- Spread your glue with the foamy brush carefully and thinly. You don’t want thick globs of glue. Do this in small sections to have better control of the situation.
- Sprinkle your glitter. Tap off any excess.
- I applied glue very carefully just on the jewel letter and glittered.
- Carefully remove any painter’s tape.
We put them back outside to dry and went to the concert. Paul McCartney was amazing! He totally rocked out!
When we got home we applied a quick coat of clear spray paint.
- Go easy with the clear because too much will dull the shine of your glitter.
- Let it dry overnight.
We left the skewers in the little ones and arranged them on a bail of hay next to the big one. So far they’ve been fine outside. I’ve gotten tons of compliments on them! I can’t wait to see yours!