I’ve recently been crafting and wanted to show with you how to make this pumpkin dupe. As a bit of a back story, I first fell in love with a particular design a couple of years ago. It was in TK Maxx, which lets face it, is the home of Halloween home decor here in the UK. Although the design was simple and understated, it came with a £16 price tag. Because I knew I wanted a matching pair, it was out of my price range.
I was walking around my local Hobbycraft shop last month and noticed that they had some lovely ceramic pumpkins in a variety of sizes. Whilst they were plain and ready for you to decorate yourself, they were also cheap and well within my budget.
An idea formed in my mind where I could create a dupe for the TK Maxx version. Here is how I got on…
How To Make This Ceramic Pumpkin Dupe
You will need:
- Ceramic pumpkin
- PVA glue
- Glitter (Whichever colour you prefer)
- A circular template (Optional)
- Varnish (Optional)
The first thing you want to do is prep the area you’ll be working in because it can be a messy craft. I also created a circular template that was actually just part of an old envelop. I wanted all my dots to look alike but if you’d prefer, you could do this freehand.
What you then want to do is pop a small amount of PVA glue into a dish. Dip your circular template in the glue lightly before pressing it onto your ceramic pumpkin. Next, you need to tip the glitter onto where you have just applied the glue. Repeat this all over the pumpkin until you get the desired look. Personally I chose to do two glue circles for each panel on the pumpkin, one higher and one lower alternating.
Once this is all done, its then time to leave it to dry. I left mine for 48 hours just to be sure that it had fully dried. Once I was happy with it, I got the paintbrush and just lightly brushed away any of the glitter that had fallen in places I didn’t want it.
The final step, which is optional, is to varnish the pumpkin to stop any fallout from the glitter. If you choose to do this, make sure you allow plenty of time for drying before you place it on display.
Overall, I am so happy with how this turned out. I saved myself so much money and had a lot of fun creating these pumpkins too. To break it down, I bought the largest of the ceramic pumpkins which were priced at £5 each. The gold glitter was only £1 per tube. Originally, I didn’t know if one tube would be enough but it was plenty. A little certainly went a long way.
I already had a large bottle of PVA glue at home, which I had been using for other crafts. Most people have a paint brush knocking around at home. This can be either an artist or a household paintbrush depending on what you have. My dad had some spray varnish which I borrowed because I only needed a small amount.
In total, this craft cost me £11 which I’m pleased with. It came in a lot cheaper than just one of the TK Maxx pumpkins and I had a lot of fun creating my own too.
What do you think?
Would you like to create your own too?
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