Glitter House Number Pumpkin: Fall-ify Florida Part II

First things first: To my friends and family in the north east, know that I’m praying hardcore for all impacted by Hurricane Sandy – - for peace and restoration, especially for Ocean Grove, N.J.

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With just one more day until Halloween, I thought I’d glam up our pumpkin with some metallic spray paint and a glitter house number.  This is the chilliest it has been in Florida since we moved this July; it actually feels like fall!

DIY Glitter House Number Pumpkin via The Thinking Closet

Bling bling action with metallic spray paint and glitter.

This was really quite easy, and I was able to use supplies I already had – - always a plus!  Here’s a quick tutorial on how to glam up your own pumpkin.

SUPPLIES:

  • A pumpkin!  I used a real one, but a decorative one would be great to be able to re-use year after year.
  • Metallic spray paint.  I used Krylon satin metallic paint in nickel.
  • Glitter in your color of choice!  Gold was what I had, but orange would be really nice, too!
  • X-acto knife.
  • Elmer’s Glue.
  • Dry paint brush.

Step 1: Spray paint your pumpkin! 

DIY Glitter House Number Pumpkin via The Thinking Closet

DIY Glitter House Number Pumpkin via The Thinking Closet

DIY Glitter House Number Pumpkin via The Thinking Closet

2.  Print out an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper with your house number, word, monogram, symbol…whatevs!  I decided to put our house number on the pumpkin.  I created our mock-up in Microsoft Word using a free font I had found a while back, Dobkin Script.

House Number in Dobkin Script via The Thinking Closet

What sold me on the font was the swoosh in the 3!

3.  Trace your text onto the pumpkin.  I secured the paper to the pumpkin using a rubber-band, centering the sheet where I wanted it.  Then, I used an x-acto knife to trace the numbers, which transferred a faint outline onto the pumpkin.  If you’re using a real pumpkin, some of the juices might ooze out (ew!).  [This is the closest I have ever gotten or ever want to get to doing surgery.]

DIY Glitter House Number Pumpkin via The Thinking Closet

DIY Glitter House Number Pumpkin via The Thinking Closet

DIY Glitter House Number Pumpkin via The Thinking Closet

4.  Use Elmer’s Glue to fill in between the lines.  This was the most tedious part; I found that having a paper-towel on hand to clean up any glue outside the lines really helped.

DIY Glitter House Number Pumpkin via The Thinking Closet

5.  Sprinkle your glitter onto the glue.  I recommend doing this after you finish each number so the glue doesn’t dry; also, glitter gets EVERYWHERE so doing it outside is best.  I used a dry paintbrush to remove any excess glitter.

And you’re done!  Your glitz n’ glam pumpkin is ready to wow passersby from your front porch, back deck, dining room table…wherever it finds a home!

DIY Glitter House Number Pumpkin via The Thinking Closet

To close, here’s a favorite Tolkein quote I recalled while working with glitter.  It strikes me somewhere deep.

P.S. Click here to see Fall-ify Florida Part I, The Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial.

P.P.S. I link up here!

Lovely comments so far...

  1. Very pretty!

  2. very very pretty! One year, after Halloween was over, my pumpkins were still in very good shape so I spray painted them gold and kept them in the front garden through out Christmas….drove my husband crazy! :) Happy Halloween

  3. Love the Pumpkin! I wonder if it will help preserve it too ? Hmmmm.

    • Hmmm…that’s a good question! In retrospect, I probably should have used a decorative pumpkin…but Mark brought this one home and it was just begging for some glam. ;-) We’ll see how long it lasts!

  4. Fabulous pumpkin. Great quote.

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  6. You’re so creative Lauren! A silver pumpkin? Amazing and so glam! I’m also digging that quote. Spent a few moments ruminating on it!

    • That spray paint was purchased for another project that I never completed, so it was what I had on hand – - but I liked working in metallics.

      And I know…that Tolkein with his killer writing…gets me every time.

  7. What a great idea! I love blinged out pumpkins! Great job! Thanks for linking up to the Keep Calm and Link Up! Hope to see you back next week!

  8. Beautiful, glittery pumpkin and loved the clear tutorial, and of course the Tolkien quote.
    We still have two pumpkins (uncarved) from Halloween that I could decorate!!

  9. Looks great! What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  12. I love having the chance to check out your “oldies-but-goodies”! What a fun project! You know how I feel about gold and glitter–amazing! Hope you’re having a wonderful week, Lauren!

    ~Abby =)

    • thethinkingcloset says:

      Thanks for being willing to put up with some of the photography of my early days! I had the hardest time capturing the contrast of the glitter numbers and the metallic pumpkin…oh well. At least I’ve grown in a year! ;-)

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