Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bling Bling... PUMPKIN ! {with Tutorial}

Warning: Excessive amount of pictures below... proceed with caution.  

Last summer I saw a pumpkin similar to this.  I almost bought it except it was quite expensive and I didn't really need it!

I decided that I would make one instead!  It's been a year in my brain, and I finally got around to it!  wahoooooo!

I'm super happy with the results... I just wish it hadn't taken so long...  my husband some might say I have a short attention span...

It's totally easy!  Here goes!

Here's my spooky picture of what you need!

~ Some sort of fake pumpkin... I bought one at JoAnn's on sale!
~ GLUE!  Good old Elmer's worked great!
~ Black Sequins (i used less than 2 packages that had 800 each... I think most are on the floor and my couch...)
~ Tweezers!  I actually used my serger tweezers because they are really long and easy to work with.

Draw your swirly designs on with a pencil!

more swirls

still more swirls

Then run a line of glue along your swirls.  
Use the tweezers to place the sequins on the glue. I tried to make sure that the concave side was up so that the glue would adhere better.

As you can see, I did not 'glue' very precisely.  Turns out the glue dries clear!  yippee!!!  No worries!

I really did use my tweezers to place each sequins individually... yep... I did like one swirl a day... maybe I do have a short attention span

One swirly all done!!!!

Continue this process forever, and then you'll have a beautiful
Bling Bling Pumpkin!

In hindsight I wonder if sequins that's ALREADY strung together would work... I mean its bendable, right?  Someone try that and let me know how it goes!

I painted the stem black with some Acrylic paint I had.  I wasn't liking the greenish hue with all the black sequins.


Have a GREAT Blingy day!!!!

Did you Make a Bling Bling Pumpkin??
Post it to my Flickr Group, Sew Divertimento Divas


Nancy Lee said...

Pretty, fancy pumpkins are so cool. This is a lovely piece of art. Well done!

Colleen said...

This turned out so pretty and I had no idea it was a fake pumpkin until you mentioned it! So stylin'!!!

Jennifer said...

Hi, I'm a new follower. I found you on Freestyle Friday Blog Hop. Hop over and
say hi if you get a chance Jennifer from Just Wedeminute--

I LOVE, love, love this idea! I just pinned it to pinterest. Can't wait to make it!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Sew Cute! You didn't tell me about this. BTW, I found more fabric after we parted at another thrift store. Woohoo! Need any Christmas fabric?

Stephanie said...

This turned out awesome! Definitely doesn't look like a fake pumpkin, will be trying this!!


Katie Ketelsen said...

My name is Katie Ketelsen and I’m the Assistant Digital Holidays Editor at Better Homes and Gardens. I was looking through various pumpkin decorating ideas, came across your display, and loved your design!
I’m creating a new slideshow showcasing fast pumpkin ideas for your entry for and would love to include yours. In the slideshow, we would include an image of your display, a description and tips on how our readers can replicate it, along with designer credit.
If this is something you'd be interested in, please send me an email at Thanks!

Michelle Lunt said...

Wow, I'm so impressed that you put those sparkles on one at a time! Your project looks fantastic. I'm popping over from where my black & white damask pumpkins were also featured. Great to "meet" you!

Warmly, Michelle
Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust