Pretty Jeweled Pumpkins {D.I.Y. Craft}

Last year I saw some pretty ”bejeweled” pumpkins in a high-end home decor magazine.  I thought the decorative pumpkins were really beautiful, until I took a look the price… $200 for three pumpkins!!  In other words almost $70.00 per pumpkin!  They were pretty, but not quite that pretty!  Now by all means, if you have $200 to spend on decorative pumpkins, go for it!  But when I have $200 on hand I prefer to use it for much more glamorous things…like gas and groceries!

This year when I saw the same company selling the pumpkins again (they must have been a hit last year!), I just couldn’t deny their beauty… so I made my own!

My first thought was to use sticky-backed jewels (designed as scrapbooking embellishments), and I went to the store and bought a few packages of pretty black jewels and dressed up one pumpkin (not shown in this post).  When I went back to the craft store for more jewels, they were out of stock.  The scrapbooking jewels did work well, so if you can find enough of them (you’ll need several packages per pumpkin), they are a good option for this craft.

It took me a few moments to think of another way to get the same look (and for even less money than the sticky jewels)… glitter!  I found some gorgeous Martha Stewart brand glitter (in onyx), then grabbed a bottled of Martha Stewart craft glue, and headed home to get crafty!

Want to make some pretty pumpkins?

Let’s get started!

You’ll need some nice looking faux pumpkins.  There is certainly no reason you couldn’t use real pumpkins, but then they would obviously only last one season.  I chose orange pumpkins (simply because I wanted to duplicate the original photo I saw as closely as possible), but I think this craft would be gorgeous on white pumpkins as well!  I bought the pumpkins below from Michael’s ($9 for the large, $6 for the small).

1.  You’ll need some black glitter, and some craft glue.  I used Martha Stewart glitter in onyx and Martha Stewart craft glue, both available at Michael’s.

2.  Drop small dots of glue in a swirl patter of your choice.

3.  While the glue is still wet, generously sprinkle the glitter over the glue.  Tap off excess glitter onto a sheet of newspaper or a craft tray of some kind.  There will still be some excess glitter, but don’t worry about that for now.

4.  Once the glue if fully dry (about an hour), use a soft, dry paint brush to remove the remaining excess glitter.

A few notes…

You’ll want to adjust the size and style of the swirls as you work around the pumpkin.  Also, I found that I could only decorate about half of the pumpkin at a time, and then had to wait for the glue to dry, or I had no where to hold the pumpkin (without messing up my work).

Here are two of my newly bejeweled pumpkins (and two pretty glassybaby candle holders).  The cost of the pumpkins I used was $9.00, $7.00 and $6.00.  The glitter was about $5.00 and the glue was under $3.00.  Total cost for three decorated pumpkins (with lots of glitter and glue left over!) was $30.00.  The original set of three pumpkins that inspired this craft are sold for $200.00.  I assure you I’ll have no problem finding ways to spend my $170.00 savings!  =)

Happy Crafting!

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41 Responses to “Pretty Jeweled Pumpkins {D.I.Y. Craft}”

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    Frostine — September 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    What an awesome idea, I love your pumpkins!

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    Bettie — September 11, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Oh my gosh…these are amazing! I'm with you on $200 pumpkins, groceries and gas must come first. I can't wait to make these. Thanks for sharing.

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    Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart — September 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Cute..cute..cute!

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    Anne — September 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Love those pumpkins! I don't know where you are located by here in the Los Angeles area, those pumpkins cost almost twice as much as you paid! Thank goodness for Michael's coupons. I'm going to give your idea a try!

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    birdutmasali — September 11, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    :=)
    Very nıce……..

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    SweetSugarBelle — September 11, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Grinning ear to ear! I am calling these recession punkins! {Humorously, these are beautiful}

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    Natasha — September 12, 2011 at 3:02 am

    I love – love – love your pumpkins :)!!!!!
    Natasha.

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    cookies and cups — September 12, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Those are so fun and easy and cute and sparkly and and and…
    LOVE them!

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    Mury — September 12, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Very cute!!!! I love pumpkins!

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    Brant Cookies — September 12, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Can you adopt me please…an awesome baker and crafter…love those pumpkins….soooo pretty!

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    Cindy P — September 12, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Beautiful!!!!! I can't wait to try mine….Thank you for taking the time to show us!!

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    Momza — September 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I am so doing this! Thanks!

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    BabiesandBargains — September 12, 2011 at 6:08 am

    I saw these in magazines too..I saw the scrapbook stickers but they were pricey..Im gonna try this! Thanks for inspiring..

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    Karyn - Pint Sized Baker — September 12, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Lovely! What an elegant way to display the season without breaking the bank!

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    Dena — September 12, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Oh the endless possibilities with this idea. Thanks for the lovely inspiration!

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    sweeteatscakes — September 12, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Just found your blog, and am really enjoying it! I love this idea and think it would look fabulous on white pumpkins!

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    Cecilia — September 12, 2011 at 11:03 am

    These are really pretty and simple to make. Thanks for the idea! I'll have to to do this after our annual visit to the pumkin farm! Love you!
    ~Cecilia

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    Anonymous — September 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Love this! Was just looking at a magazine this weekend that had similar dressed up pumpkins – but they used real ones and push tacks/upholstery tacks. This I like better!

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    Anonymous — September 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Can you use school glue? I love this idea…
    Tatyana

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — September 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Tatyana- I would recommend a thicker craft or tacky glue. I think school glue would possibly run, and also not create a nice dimmentional dot… but I can't stop you, so if you want to use what you have, go for it! =)

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    Sher — September 13, 2011 at 4:54 am

    These are so pretty and elegant. They are perfect for decorating a house with no small kids like mine. I like more "grown up" looking decorations and these are perfect!

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    Ashlee — September 14, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Very creative! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing! <3

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    Jacqueline — September 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    This is my first time to visit. I came. From Pinterest to see your pink swirl cake. I loved it and should try a purple one as my blog is Purple Chocolat Home! Love the pumpkins too. I have had fun spending a lot of time here!

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    Ema — September 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Hi Glory,
    I tried this today but just used a big Sharpie pen to make the dots. It turned out very nice. Thank you for the inspiration and the pictures – your swirls were perfect!

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    Virginie — September 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing this great idea. I have blogged and linked back to you from thacutelittlecake.blogspot.com

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    The Partiologist — September 16, 2011 at 7:01 am

    What a wonderful way to create a beautiful centerpiece at an affordable price!

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    June Scott — September 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Great job, Glory! I saw a similar set of $200 pumpkins (white) in a catalog this year and clipped them, intending to DIY. I was tossing around a few ideas to achieve the look, but didn't think of glitter! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Anonymous — September 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    At first, I thought you used black thumb tacks…..

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    triciaz — September 19, 2011 at 8:37 am

    What a fantastic idea!!! They're beatiful!

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    Melissa C — September 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I saw the same pumpkins last year in white and black, and made 3 of them. They actually ended up costing me about $50 to make (for the set), so this is an even more economical way to make them. Thanks! I think I used around 2000 of the stick on craft jewels, so they got costly!

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    Annie — October 1, 2011 at 8:20 am

    These pumpkins are fabulous! I wonder about using glitter clue or puffy paint.

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    viagra without prescriptions — December 9, 2011 at 5:13 am

    so cute design they look so pretty and you are so creative

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