Tone on Tone Glitter Pumpkins DIY

Tone on Tone Glitter Pumpkins: match up glitter paints with similar base color paints for understated elegance!

It’s time for another round of dollar store pumpkin makeovers! Ever since I played with made over the dollar store jack-o-lantern into something pretty, I’ve wanted to play make over more pumpkins. (Hint: these are so much fun to decorate!)

DIY Dollar Store Pumpkin Makeover
My pretty pink pumpkin makeover (from a cheap plastic jack-o-lantern!)

I finally had a chance play again this week!

Tone on Tone Glitter Pumpkins!

This is an easy transformation. Here’s what I started with:

Basic dollar store plastic pumpkins waiting to be transformed!

I chose these paint colors from DecoArt (my favorite multi-surface paints), as these colors will span the entire Fall season through Thanksgiving: Brown Sugar, Dark Scarlet, Paprika.

DecoArt Multi-Surface Paints in Fall colors: Brown Sugar, Dark Scarlet, Paprika

I painted two thin coats onto each pumpkin. As this paint dries so fast, it didn’t take long at all until this step was done and dried:

Faux pumpkins with their new base colors (and before the glitter paint is added and stems covered with jute)

Next it was time for glitter! I matched up some glitter paints from my craft stash to go with my chosen paint colors.

Painting glitter paints over matching base colors of paint makes a pretty tone-on-tone effect that keeps the glitter understated.

Again, I simply painted on two coats of this glitter paint. I did a combination of painting and dabbing to get the glitter thicker in certain areas. Let dry thoroughly. I let mine dry overnight.

For the stems, I wrapped jute string around each stem, using E6000 to make sure the string won’t be coming off anytime soon. Furniture nail tacks from the hardware store stuck through a decorative glittered leaf – purposely matched in the identical colors – was the finishing touch.

Painted Glittered Pumpkins, with jute twine-wrapped stems and matching faux leaves

I like the tone on tone colors of the leaves, paint and glitter, which keep the pumpkins looking understated and not too glitzy.

Tone on Tone Glittered and Painted Pumpkins - easy dollar store pumpkins makeover!

Using a set of vintage silver cups we snagged at an antique sale last weekend makes the pumpkins look a bit vintage, don’t you think?

Tone on Tone Glitter Pumpkin Trio in antique silver cups
When the glitter, base color, and embellished leaf all match, you get a nice tone on tone effect highlighting the different textures used.

Have you jumped on the pumpkin decorating craze this year? It’s not too late! (And most stores have the fake pumpkins deeply discounted right now!)



  1. says

    Laura, I love your pumpkins! They turned out so gorgeous! Thank you for sharing them with us on Twirl and Take a Bow also! Hope to see you again on Tuesday! ~Tammy

  2. says

    Mmmm, metallic glittery pumpkins!!! I love this, so I’m featuring it tomorrow at Planned in Pencil, I’d love to have you stop by and grab a button. Of course I’m pinning! Thanks for sharing at the Pinworthy Project Party.