Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved carving pumpkins every year for Halloween. Now, carving a pumpkin can be super fun, but sometimes we don’t always have time to get a pumpkin, the carving tools, scoop out the inside, find a stencil, etc. (you know the drill). So, this year I thought I would mix it up a bit and decorate a pumpkin instead of carving one! I’ve been inspired to make a simple decorative pumpkin that’s both classy and cute, which resulted in my beautiful gold glitter pumpkin. This DIY is great for anyone who is short on time!
What You Need:
- A pumpkin
- Old newspaper or a drop cloth
- Gold spray paint – after trying a bunch of different kinds, Rust-oleum metalllic spray paint is my personal favorite (it’s the paint I used for pretty much everything in my wedding)
- Painter’s tape
- Spray adhesive
- Gold glitter
What I Did:
1) Wash the pumpkin
Pumpkins almost always have some kind of mud or dirt film on them, so it’s important to wash your pumpkin and dry it thoroughly before even attempting to paint it or put any sort of adhesive on it.
Old newspaper is perfect for spray painting your pumpkin on. Make sure you have enough laid out so that it goes at least a foot around your pumpkin.
3) Paint your pumpkin
I learned a ton about spray painting when planning my wedding, so here are a few tips for spray painting your pumpkin:
- Always spray paint in a well ventilated area and read the instructions on the can before starting your project – if you have asthma, use a respirator
- Shake the can for at least 30 seconds before spraying, even if you put the can down for only a few minutes. If you don’t shake the can it can come out separated and you will most likely end up with the paint running down the side.
- Hold the can about 8″ away from the surface of what you’re painting – if you’re closer, it might start to drip from over application, and if you’re farther away the paint will most likely end up in the wind
- Make sure you apply the paint in light coats to avoid paint drips
- Apply horizontally (left to right or vice versa) so the paint can make its way into the crevices
I ended up not painting the bottom of my pumpkin for the first coat, and turned it on its side to spray the bottom once the first coat had dried. See the can for drying times.
4) Tape the stem
I like to be able to use the stem as a handle and I hate getting a ton of glitter on my hands, so I decided to tape the stem off before applying the adhesive and glitter. Make sure you use painters tape – anything else will most likely take all the paint off your pumpkin.
5) Apply the adhesive & glitter
I only applied the adhesive to the top so the glitter would trickle down the sides of the pumpkin. This step can get messy, but remember to treat spray adhesive just like spray paint when applying. Extra fine glitter seemed to work best for this step because coarse glitter can have difficulty adhering to an object when it’s not laid flat.
6) Photo shoot!
Posted by Lauren Kilpatrick on October 31, 2014
>< Bernardo Leather Jacket (similar here) >< Forever 21 Skort >< Nine West Flats >< Nixon ‘The Cannon’ Watch >< Forever 21 Earrings ><
Raleigh has been a hot mess lately (literally) when it comes to the weather department, so layering has been absolutely key! I love this asymmetrical skort so much and tend to wear it all the time. I mean, it goes with practically everything and is quite flattering on. Leather is one of my obsessions today, tomorrow, and forever, and I am just so thankful that I was able to snap up this jacket when I did. I don’t even think people at school realize I own other jackets, honestly. A leather jacket can be a hefty purchase, but they are so timeless and versatile that they are worth the investment.
Posted by Lauren Kilpatrick on October 30, 2014
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My journey through graduate school thus far has caused me to focus a bit more on decorating my home. I mean, a beautiful dress is great, but wearing that dress in a well-decorated home is quite satisfying. I get tired of the mundane things in my daily and academic life, so I’ve decided to spruce things up! Nothing could make an early morning class better than a super cute coffee cup and, call me a geek, but seeing a bow paper clip in the early morning would absolutely make my day. It’s always great to make a stylish appearance in class, and this Kate Spade iPad keyboard and party cuff are perfect! One of the best parts of a long day in school is coming home, and I definitely think I’ll have to pick up these MR. and MRS. highball glasses and Kate Spade candle. Here’s to living a stylish life!
Posted by Lauren Kilpatrick on October 29, 2014
>< Stafford White Shirt >< BCBG Max Azria Clutch >< Wild Diva Heels >< LC Lauren Conrad Sunnies ><
There’s one item of clothing that I’ve always heard fashionistas worldwide rave, hoot, and holler about: a crisp white button-down shirt. It’s said to be one of the timeless pieces a woman can have in her closet, and you can transform it into a wide variety of characters and moods – from Risky Business to Audrey Hepburn. I, personally, am quite afraid to wear light colors for a variety of reasons (spills, the inevitable deodorant stains, and the possibility of washing me out), but sometimes you just have to put fear aside and embrace something truly fabulous. There’s just something about a crisp, white men’s button-down shirt that makes you feel like you are the most fabulous woman of the face of the earth strolling down the streets of Rome a la Roman Holiday. It’s definitely worth the small investment (I snagged my button-down at JC Penney while shopping for my husband), and the transformation can make your life! It’s the cheapest vacation you’ll find ;)
Posted by Lauren Kilpatrick on October 28, 2014
>< Amuse Society tee c/o >< J Crew Anorak >< Forever 21 Skort >< Loeffler Randall Clutch >< Franco Sarto Sandals >< LC Lauren Conrad Sunnies >< Coral Turban from 9th & Elm ><
Posted by Lauren Kilpatrick on October 24, 2014
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Grey has always been one of my favorite colors, and this coat and skirt from H&M make me fall in love all over again with the shade. Plus I think the fringe on the skirt is just so fun – like Kate Moss meets a 20s flapper! I love simple, elegant jewelry, and these two pieces from Bauble Bar are quite great; the whimsical details really make them. I’ve been craving a pair of blue heels ever since I saw SJP wear a pair in SATC The Movie, and I love that these are simple enough to wear in your daily life. Finally, I’ve been a (wee) bit obsessed with finding a great card case, and it’s kind of difficult to find one in a bright, fabulous color. This Tory Burch case would be absolutely perfect!
Posted by Lauren Kilpatrick on October 15, 2014
:: Target plaid scarf (similar) :: Bernardo Leather Jacket :: Gabriella Rocha Booties :: Marc Jacobs Clutch ::
I know blanket scarves have been huge this season, and I’ve always wanted one of those huge, gorgeous Zara scarves that look so fabulous and luxe – enter Target. Target has been on point this season, and this scarf is positively perfect. It’s not available online, but it’s definitely worth tracking down in store! I’ve been trying to focus on practical winter-wear this year, and what’s more practical than scarves? And what’s next: a great statement coat. Should I commit to the whole faux-fur thing?
Posted by Lauren Kilpatrick on October 14, 2014
Now, I know it isn’t Friday and that I normally post one of my featured posts on Friday, but I thought I would make an exception this week. One of my friends, Stratton Parr, is a fabulous writer/fashionista after my own heart, and featured a short profile on me on Wake Forest Today’s website. She writes a lovely column on all things fashion that relates so beautifully to your everyday life. Definitely check her out (especially her article on vanity sizing – it’s so great)! Thanks, Stratton!
Posted by Lauren Kilpatrick on October 11, 2014
>< H&M Mustard Sweater >< Asos Black Skinnies (similar) >< Sam Edelman Booties (not available, but I love these metallic ones) >< Rebecca Minkoff Wine MAB Tote Mini (it’s fabulous in orange!)><
Posted by Lauren Kilpatrick on October 9, 2014
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This week’s #WIWW is inspired by the elusively elegant Chanel. Now, Chanel isn’t exactly in my price range, but I was able to track down some particularly elegant and fabulous goodies this week! Coco Chanel is famous for layering costume jewelry, and these two pieces from J. Crew and Sylvia Benson are the perfect balance of layering. They’re hassle-free and quite gorgeous. This H&M quilted faux leather skirt and these Zara tweed sneakers automatically make me think of Chanel’s signature 2.55 handbag and their famous tweed suits, and I can’t help but want to wear them together! I spotted this striped v-neck sweater, a la Blair Eadie of course, at H&M – talk about a great way to snag the “it” sweater of the season! I couldn’t escape the fall/winter fringe, and absolutely had to include this wine colored fringe bag – complete with chain strap. Oh, Coco, your heart be still!
Posted by Lauren Kilpatrick on October 8, 2014