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decorate a pumpkin with nail polish

Confession time: I buy way too much nail polish, but I never use it. I can’t help it. I’m attracted to the fun colors. How can I resist? I love the idea of carrying around bright, cheery colors on my fingers and toes.  

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But the reality of the situation is that I have about twelve shades of beige and only paint my nails once every few months. I loathe waiting for my nails to dry – I’ve got things to do! – so I often go without. As a result, most of the polish I purchase sits on a shelf for years until it gets too gross to use.

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In addition to using immense self-discipline at makeup stores, I’m trying to find creative ways (water marbling!) to use my nail polish reserves. Of course, decorating pumpkins was at the top of my list.

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Crackle nail polish always seems to make a comeback around Halloween, and I couldn’t wait to plaster a pumpkin with it.

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I absolutely love this effect. It’s perfectly eerie for Halloween. I used Maybelline Color Show Shredded in Carbon Frost.  If you use crackle nail polish, be sure to apply two layers of base coat on the pumpkin. If you don’t apply the base coat, the nail polish won’t crack.

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I was perusing my favorite discount makeup store when I stumbled on this polka dot nail polish! This is definitely my favorite effect on the pumpkins. How fun is this?

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Mixing in a few treats with the tricks – I call this my cookies and cream pumpkin. No need to apply a base coat. Just one coat of the polka dot nail polish was enough.

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This textured nail polish (Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat) is my least favorite of the effects. I had such high hopes for it. I think it would look cool against a black background, but it looked washed out on the white pumpkin and I was afraid it would blend in too much with an orange pumpkin.

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Oh well. It was still worth a try. Which technique is your favorite? 

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10 Easy DIY No-Carve Pumpkin Tutorials – A Roundup

No-Carve DIY Pumpkin Tutorials

The no-carve pumpkin roundups are always my favorite! I have been doing them every Halloween for the past four years! Each year I’m impressed and inspired by everyone’s creativity and talent at decorating gourds!

This roundup really went with my theme this year of gold, copper and white. Which one’s your favorite?

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1. Gold stenciled – I love the black lacquer paint.
2. Copper striped – I have got to get my hands on that copper tape!
3. Tuxedo cat – need I say more?
4. Gold sequined polka dots – cheerful and lovely.
5. Stenciled doily  – creates an elegant pattern in no time.
6. Fox pumpkin – those ears!
7. String art – dreamy Ursa Major
8. Sharpie paint pen – a fast and fun decorating project
9. Argyle painted – a refreshing step away from the chevron fad
10. Glitter spray paint – because glitter makes everything better.

DIY glitter pumpkins

Glitter Pumpkins

I can’t help myself when it comes to glitter, especially around Halloween. This was such a fun D.I.Y. I invited a few friends over and we made a party out of it. It only takes an hour or two. Most of the time is just waiting for paint to dry, so we spent it eating pizza and catching up.

This project was inspired by the glitter pumpkins on Tatertots & Jello.

You’ll need foam pumpkins, acrylic paint or primer, foam brushes, glitter spray paint, and a drop cloth.

I used Krylon’s Glitter Blast Spray Paint. This stuff is amazing. We did three colors: Starry Night, Bronze Blaze, and Orange Burst. Unlike my glitter Christmas trees, which threw glitter everywhere, this glitter stays put. It doesn’t end up all over the house. It sticks right on the pumpkins.

Here’s how you make these pumpkins. First, paint on a base coat. We tried a couple of different options: Martha Stewart’s primer paint, white acrylic paint, and colored acrylic paint. The colored acrylic paint worked best. You can use a white primer (pictured below), but the pumpkins primed with black, brown, and orange paint turned out the best. If  you don’t use a colored base coat, you’ll end up using a lot of spray paint (and that stuff is expensive).

We did two coats of primer. Let it dry for a ten or fifteen minutes between coats.

One the coats are dry, get to spraying.

Hold the spray paint about twelve inches away. Coat it completely and evenly with the first coat and wait another ten or fifteen minutes before you apply the second coat. Like I mentioned before, if you use a white base, you’ll need multiple coats. If you use a colored base, you’ll only really need two coats of spray paint. Let them sit overnight to dry completely.

Here’s the finished result. I went a little overboard with the photos. They’re just so pretty. You bet I’m keeping these up through Thanksgiving.

Glitter Pumpkins

Glitter Pumpkins

Glitter Pumpkins

Here’s the whole family. We did a few different sized pumpkins.

This was so much fun. I love looking at them in my house.

This post is linked up here.