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October 12, 2016

Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles

Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles

I have to admit that Halloween is not really my jam.  I don't love orange and black as a color combo, cheap Halloween costumes have a weird smell that makes me nauseous, and, as a child-free woman, an evening when children are invited to scream at my door and demand my candy is, quite frankly, more terrifying than A Nightmare on Elm Street...

Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles

This year, though, my mission is to really embrace Fall and when I spotted a bag of miniature pumpkins at the grocery store, I decided that maybe a little no carve pumpkin decorating might help me feel more festive.

It worked!

I am no longer the Scrooge of Halloween - look at my adorable DIY turquoise rhinestone pumpkins:

Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles
Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles

Of course I painted them turquoise first - that's literally how you can get me to do anything.

Supplies:

Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles
Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles

A package of dollar store stick-on gems (here's a similar pack on Amazon) in spoooookkkkyy black and silver added a little bit of sparkle - although I think these pumpkins look adorable in every state:  plain, turquoise, be-sparkled.  They're mini pumpkins!  Yeah, I can get on board with this.     

Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles
Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles
Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles
Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles
Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles

I also made this little "evening sky" pumpkin with a deep blue paint and a smattering of silver stick-on rhinestones:

Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles

Because these rhinestones actually come in strips, I also whipped up this pale blue mini pumpkin with black and white stripes:

Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles
Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles

Once I started bedazzling my pumpkins, it was difficult to stop.  I actually really got into the spirit of things and almost bedazzled the gourds I bought for dinner (I sneak them into a chili recipe).

As I was making these, I kept thinking they would be such a great craft to make with kids because, although they're super easy and don't require any artistic talent, applying those teeny tiny rhinestones did challenge my fine motor skills!  I think you could keep a medium-sized child (too big to eat the rhinestones) busy with this for quite some time. 

Turquoise DIY No Carve Pumpkins with Black and White Rhinestone Sparkles

See the transformation in me?  Look at me thinking about the children!  Maybe this year I won't eat the best Halloween candy and leave them with the dredges.     

For more modern and colorful Halloween and Fall decor ideas, check out my new Pinterest board dedicated to Fall holidays!
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  1. Just a little heads up, if you plan to display any outside, teal pumpkins (at least in the US) are now a sign for children with food allergies that the home has allergy friendly treats for Trick-or-Treating on Halloween. https://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project#.V_4r6fkrLmE

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    1. Yes, I learned that this year. I was chatting with another turquoise-lover on Insta and we were both wishing they had chosen a different color, lol. ANY other color. Well, these are for indoor use anyway - I am not sure how paint and stick-on sequins would hold up to the weather. But thanks so much for the head's up!

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    1. Thanks! I'm so happy with how they turned out. I have one more idea but I'm not sure it will pan out - we'll see. Then I'm about done for this season, lol.

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  3. I love those. Would never have thought to add the rhinestones. Keeping it fun on Halloween. I need to make a little ghost or two for my pumpkin tree. Gotta get on that.

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    1. Thank you! Little ghosts would be so cute for the tree. I'll keep my eyes peeled on Instagram for them :)

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  4. How do you keep the paint from flaking off? I painted some pumpkins last year and the bottoms eventually stuck to my tabletop 😒

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    1. My two cents: quality of paint and dry time. Even among acrylic and craft paints, there is a lot of difference in quality. My most expensive acrylic paints from Michael's stuck on the best. As well, I let mine dry awhile. Interior house paint take 30 days to fully cure, although we start using things before that time. I am guessing craft paints also take longer to cure after the recommended "dry" time. Humidity could impact dry time as well.

      Mine are on the window ledge and no paint has flaked - although these wouldn't withstand rough handling: you could scrape the paint off if you tried. But I let them dry thoroughly, used a good quality paint, and my house is pretty dry.

      Such a bummer what happened to yours - not fun to have to peel them off the table I'm sure.

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    2. P.S. But I'll keep you posted on how mine hold up!

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  5. I absolutely ADORE these cute little pumpkins!! Of course, I DO love the color teal ANYTHING! And I was also born with glitter in my veins...so am a huge fan of these! Happy Fall!

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    1. Thank you Jeanne! I love meeting fellow turquoise-lovers. Happy fall to you as well :)

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