No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating: Drip Art and Glitter

No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating: Drip Art and Glitter

Carving pumpkins is fun, but it’s a lot of work. It’s great to do maybe once or twice during the season. Sometimes you want to just decorate your pumpkins without all of the hassle that goes along with carving it.

This weekend, we stopped by a local farmer’s market to grab a few pumpkins. Since my kids are obsessed with Jack-Be-Littles, our box was filled mostly with those. They’re so tiny and adorable that I have a hard time resisting them myself.

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I wasn’t sure what to do with all of these pumpkins.  I knew I could make them into beautiful decorations and stumbled on drip art on the Imagination Tree website. Their pumpkins looked so pretty and it sounded so simple. I decided to try it out this weekend and have fun with it.

DRIP ART

I experimented. My first pumpkin was done with the same colors of metallic acrylic paint that I used for my recent acorn craft. The colors are perfect for fall: golds, bronze and green. I followed the instructions here at Imagination Tree and just dripped the paint over the stem. There isn’t any actual “painting” happening (unless you want to.)  I actually was more meticulous in my approach, although I never did use a paintbrush. I added colors where I wanted to on this one rather than letting the colors run wild.

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For the second pumpkin, I got even more creative and used purple, pink, blue and pearly white. Although, they’re not fall colors, it turned out so pretty. Here’s how it looks starting out:

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I actually could have stopped there, but I didn’t. You can let the pumpkin shine through if you want, or you can cover the entire thing like I did for both.

I continued to add the colors, overlaying each. With this pumpkin, I moved it around in a circular motion to let the colors really mix. (Be careful because that may get a little messy, but who ever said art wasn’t messy?) I absolutely love the pattern the movement created.

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Because it’s acrylic paint, it took less time to dry. You’ll also want to get metallic or glittery acrylic paints if you can. Flat colors may not be as appealing. I personally wouldn’t use a medium or large pumpkin for this craft. You’ll go through paint much too quickly.

GLITTERED PUMPKINS

My second project was glitter. I found it here on the Martha Stewart website. This craft was even easier than the first. Grab a pumpkin of any size, brush some glue on it (glue that dries clear), and sprinkle whatever color glitter you choose! I also colored the stem with the bronze-colored metallic acrylic paint that I have been using. I’ll definitely be making more glitter pumpkins.

I display my glitter pumpkin and fall-colored drip-art pumpkin next to my beautiful acorn craft. They coordinate so well with each other🍁 Happy Crafting!

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