Decorating pumpkins is something we do every year around here, in some form or another. We didn’t carve pumpkins this year, but we did paint several and swirl nail polish on some. I really liked the idea of painting faux pumpkins to be able to enjoy for years to come, and then I got the idea to monogram one (because why not?). This project was really simple to make and I already had most of the supplies around my house. I only needed to pick up a paper mache pumpkin and sequin trim.
After it was finished, I set it in a wooden tray my husband had built a couple years ago and gathered up other little pumpkins to add with it. I wanted to add some greenery to the display so it would look more like it fit for Thanksgiving and less like Halloween leftovers. I found this garland at Hobby Lobby and bought two of them to make it look fuller than just a single strand of garland.
To make your own monogram sequin pumpkin, you will need:
- faux pumpkin
- paint & brush
- sequin trim -I used this one from Hobby Lobby
- tacky glue
I started out by painting the pumpkin with white acrylic paint and a foam brush, but you could use spray paint. I really like the texture that the brushstrokes add to it. After the first coat, I let it dry and then added a second coat.
Once the paint is all dry, it’s time to add your monogram. I tried writing my initial in pencil and then applying the glue, but it was easier to just freehand it. Be sure to keep your glue line thin so it doesn’t spill out from the edges of your trim. After writing the initial in glue, carefully lay the sequin trim over top, pressing the sequins as you go.
I decided it needed a little something extra, so I added polka dots around the pumpkin. To make the polka dots, I applied several dots of glue and then added the sequins over top in a very tight spiral.
Target still had a few of these pumpkins last time I looked. Hobby Lobby also had several when I was in yesterday picking up garland.
This project will be on display on my table through Thanksgiving. After that, it will be all the Christmas things!