Although the store is full of beautiful paper products, we also have lots of non-paper craft items! When I first saw the beautiful vials of glass glitter in the store, I was immediately inspired by all the colours and the luxurious sparkle it had! I remember a Halloween episode of Martha Stewart where she covered pumpkins in glass glitter as an alternative to a Jack-o-lantern. We carry a Martha Stewart Craft Encyclopedia in the store that is full of glitter crafts! With Thanksgiving soon approaching, I thought decorative gourds would be a fun alternative to a large pumpkin!
I didn’t want to go overboard with the glitter so I chose to only glitter the orange gourds I bought and used the copper colour of glitter. Things you will need for this craft are, pumpkins or gourds, some glass glitter, white glue, a paint brush, a spoon, a bowl, and some newspaper.
The first step is to simply coat the pumpkin with the white glue, using a paint brush. Make sure you wash the pumpkin well, and try and get any waxy coating off of it. Depending on the size and the shape, you may want to do one half at a time.
The next step is the fun, and messy part! Make sure you have some newspaper down to dry the pumpkins on and to catch any renegade glitter. You want to pour some glitter in a spoon and sprinkle it over the glued area of the pumpkin. I placed a wide bowl under my work area to catch the excess glitter.
It takes a little patience, but the results are really precious and beautiful. The glass glitter has a really unique look that is nothing like the glitzy plastic glitter we are more used to seeing.
Think about using the black or purple glitter to make really enchanting Halloween decorations! The glittery possibilities are endless. Using the glittered gourds in a group with non-glittered gourds makes a sweet little Thanksgiving centre piece too!
Happy fall crafting! – The Paper Place