No-Shed Glitter Dipped Pumpkin Centerpiece

I love rich warm colors in the fall! So is it any wonder I opted for gold accents for my Thanksgiving dinner? I want my family and friends to sit down and immediately feel happy and welcome. After all, it’s a time of togetherness at its roots. So when I made a host of fun pumpkins for the fall this year, these glitter dipped ones quickly became my favorite centerpiece for my gilded Thanksgiving tables cape. Once they’re dry these pumpkins also have the added bonus of not shedding glitter all over my table. Yay for a little less clean up!

What will you all be doing for Thanksgiving?

What You Need

  • Craft Pumpkin (I got mine on sale at Target, though it looks like you can nab an orange one at Jo Ann’s too!
  • Gold Glitter
  • Mod Podge Outdoor
  • Paint Brush
  • Plastic Cup
  • Washi Tape

What To Do

1. Grab your craft pumpkin(s) and tape off the bottom, being careful to push the tape into the dents in the sides.


2. If you’d like a glitter stem, like I’ve added to the large white craft pumpkin, then use small segments of tape and tape off around the edges of the stem.


3. For the glitter stem: Brush Mod Podge onto the stem about one quarter of the stem at a time (this prevents it from drying before you get the glitter on).


4. Over a pan or paper, shake glitter onto the stem until you get an even coating. Repeat until the stem is covered.


5. Once the Mod Podge on the stem is dried completely underneath the glitter. Brush a thick (but not drippy), even coat of Mod Podge on top. Don’t worry it dries clear! Peel the tape off carefully.


6. While the stem dries, carefully tip it into a plastic cup so that the pumpkin sits bottom up, with the stem protected by the cup. Now you’re ready to Mod Podge the base! Make sure that a pan or paper is beneath the cup to catch stray glitter!

Note: If you didn’t glitter the stem, like my little orange pumpkin, you can hold the stem to Mod Podge the base.


7. Brush a light coat of Mod Podge onto small sections of the base, without crossing over the tape. Shake glitter onto the Mod Podge and repeat with remaining sections. flitter_gourd

8. Once the Mod Podge is dry underneath the glitter, brush a thick, even coat of Mod Podge on top. The coating should not be so thick that it runs or creates drips, but thick enough that you can’t see the glitter beneath it.

Take a look at the stem picture in step 5 for a visual!

9. Allow pumpkin to sit 15-20 minutes until the Mod Podge is just starting to dry and turn clear and peel off the Washi Tape.



10. Let sit overnight to dry. Then enjoy your glittery masterpiece!

A few things I learned:

  • Allowing the first coat of Mod Podge to dry before applying the second keeps the final product from being tacky.
  • Using outdoor Mod Podge allows you to safely wipe down the pumpkins in case of a Thanksgiving food fight.
  • Once your pumpkin dries, if you notice a few spots you missed or scratched while it was drying, mix about 1TBSP of Mod Podge and glitter to make a chunky paste. Dab the paste onto the spots needing repair and allow to dry.





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