Today I’ve got such an easy, but unique looking glass pumpkin tutorial!
I’m sure you’ve seen those cheapie glass pumpkins at Wal-Mart. They have them every year and it seems like they’ve been just under 6 bucks for the last decade. To be honest, every time I see them I wonder – why do they need to keep selling these year after year? Surely everybody that wants one has it by now.
And then I felt like a right jerk when I bought one. This glass pumpkin had about a million different designs and plans that were going to happen but nothing ever really stood out as a “good idea” until I saw some lovely burlap pumpkins from one very talented Miss Lauren at The Thinking Closet. I loved the natural color and I decided that instead of gilding my pumpkin gold or painting the glass a transparent topaz I wanted something more “natural”.
In the end, I’m really, really happy with the results. The pumpkin is fairly subdued and yet when you really look at it, there’s so much interesting going on with the “pattern” that occurs naturally. But let’s quit talking about it and start making it.
For this glass pumpkin tutorial you will need:
Here is my plain pumpkin jar. Again, I got mine at Wal-Mart for about $6.
Take your craft paper and start tearing off oddly shaped pieces. Go ahead and tear up a whole little pile’s worth.
Spread some decoupage on the inside of the jar and place your paper down. Brush more decoupage on top to help it adhere to the glass.
Overlap your pieces as you work for interesting texture.
Cover both the jar and its lid.
When you get to the edges, overlap with the paper as will naturally occur.
Set aside the pumpkin and lid after fully covered to dry. I set mine in front of a sunshine-y window and then allowed to sit overnight.
If you see any white under the glass, let it dry a bit longer.
Take your razor blade and carefully trim the excess paper. The decoupage will make it a bit more stiff than normal paper, making it a bit easier to trim up.
There it is! It’s a bit difficult to see the texture for the glare, but in real life, I think that the jar looks amazing!
I set it up with a jar full of maroon leaves and Gina, my greyhound statue salvaged from a thrift store.
I don’t know if I’ll actually put anything inside of it because it’s sitting high on the mantle, but I love the idea of some Werther’s originals up in there.
I’m glad to have begun my fall decor. Are you in the spirit, yet?