“More is more” when it comes to this tricked out pumpkin using jewelry! Our design team created this blingged out pumpkin with our jewelry line available in select Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Get our FolkArt Acrylics in the Plaid Store.
- Holiday Glitz Charms
- Holiday Glitz Beads
- Holiday Glitz Pendants
- Chain (in variety of sizes and finishes)
- 938 FolkArt Acrylic Colors – Licorice
- 2797 FolkArt Extreme Glitter 2 oz – Black OR 2781 FolkArt Extreme Glitter 5 oz – Black
- Jump rings
- Flat nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Side cutters
- Eye pins
- Head pins
- Optional – Jewelry glue or hot glue
- No. 12 Flat brush
- Container of water
- Paper towel
- Foam plate for palette
- White craft glue or Hot glue
1. Begin by creating several “U” shaped pins. I simply snipped the head off of head pins and cut in two. To each half I bent the pin in half creating a “U” shaped pin. These pins will be used to attach the vertical chain sections to your pumpkin.
2. Gather the assorted sized and finished chains you want on your pumpkin. I used the medium to large link chain on the vertical sections and saved the smaller link chain for the horizontal sections.
3. Begin by looping the last chain link through the “U” pin and push into the pumpkin at the top beside the pumpkin stem. Continue pushing the “U” pin into the pumpkin until the entire pin is pushed in. If desired, (yet not completely necessary) add a drop of jewelry glue or hot glue at the top where the “U” pin has been pushed in.
4. Once the top of the chain is secure, wrap the chain along one of the ridges of the pumpkin to the center bottom. Using side cutters cut the length of chain and secure the last link using a “U” pin as you did at the pumpkin stem.
5. Continue adding vertical sections of chain until you are satisfied with the look. If you are working with a variety of chain, be sure to mix it up not to apply two of the same chain next to each other.
6. Begin working on the horizontal sections of chain. Using jump rings, attach sections allowing the chain to swoop or scallop between vertical sections creating a spider web effect. Note: to open and close a jump ring, hold one half of the jump ring (with the slit at the top) using a pair of flat nose pliers, hold the second half of the jump ring with another pair of flat nose pliers or the round nose pliers and open the jump ring moving one hand toward you and the opposite hand away from you. NEVER open a jump ring by pulling it apart as this will weaken the support of a jump ring. To close the jump ring, simply reverse the direction of the one hand towards you and the other hand away from you.
7. Embellish either the front of your pumpkin or if desired embellish the entire pumpkin if being used as a centerpiece. To embellish, add bead charms and Halloween charms to the sections of chain using jump rings to attach them.
8. To add extra glitz and pizzazz to your pumpkin, basecoat the stem with Licorice and allow to dry. Once dry, apply two or three coats of Black FolkArt Extreme Glitter allowing each application to dry thoroughly before applying the next. If desired, add a silk fall leaf to the stem after it has been painted the same as the stem. Note: use a hot glue gun or white craft glue to attach the leaf.
Skill Level: Intermediate | Time to complete: 2 hours or more | Designer Name: Chris Williams
Project Tip: While you are thinking of other creative ways to decorate a faux pumpkin with jewels and chain, try thinking about painting the entire pumpkin a color first or even add Extreme Glitter paint to the entire pumpkin before embellishing with chain and charms!