In Random Recast, I find new ways to upgrade the ordinary things in our lives. And this week, it's all about pumpkins. You know, because fall is here and Halloween is just a few weeks away. (Even though most stores have been hitting us over the head with Halloween advertisements since August.)
To take the creativity factor one step further, these ideas don't involve any carving. Take these glittered pumpkins: A great centerpiece, an unexpected Halloween decoration and a charming wedding favor. Better yet, these sparkling gourds can be made weeks in advance without shriveling up.
The process is pretty straightforward: Just brush the pumpkin with glue, then sprinkle with glitter. But to ensure success, follow these editor-tested tips:
- Elevate the pumpkin. To reach trickier places with ease (and allow excess glitter to settle), create a "pumpkin platform": place an old cooling rack atop a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
- Let the glue dry beforehand. In this craft, tacky is good. For maximum adhesion, let glue dry for 30 seconds-1 minute before applying glitter.
- Use nice glitter. There's nothing wrong with standard glitter, but it can be a little chunky. For the most sophisticated sparkle, try a finer glitter. I like Art Institute Ultrafine Glitter.
Flickr photo by winemegup