A Golden Thanksgiving

As a kid, the time between Halloween and Christmas was an awkward period where I wasn’t sure if I should continue celebrating fall or if I should skip straight to the Christmas festivities. I feel guilty even thinking about skipping Thanksgiving, but Christmas has everything; festive music, amazing food, and of course, the over-the-top decorations. As I got older I realized that Thanksgiving is just as important as Christmas. It’s like the pre-season celebration to Christmas where it brings my family together. Thanksgiving doesn’t have the gaudy decorations that Christmas does, so I thought I’d bring out the sparkle a little bit early this year with my gold pumpkins! These pumpkins are perfect for brightening up your table setting and will definitely impress your dinner guests. I know this time of year can get really busy for most of us, but this project will be the easiest thing on your to-do list!

I have three different ways to decorate your leftover pumpkins from Halloween with two different materials, glitter and spray paint.

The first way to decorate your pumpkin is with glitter.


  • Paint brush

  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter

With your bush, cover the stem of the pumpkin with Mod Podge. Then to give it the drip effect cover the area around the stem and down the creases.

Let it dry for 30 seconds, then sprinkle the glitter. Once all the wet areas have been covered shake off the excess glitter. Allow the pumpkin to dry for 15 minutes before handling.

Tip: don’t over do it with the Mod Podge. Don’t get it too thick or it will drip too far down, unless you want it that way.

The second and third way to decorate your pumpkin is with spray paint.


  • Spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Newspaper

The second way is a color blocking technique.

Lay out your newspaper, covering any surfaces you don’t want sprayed. With the painters tape, cover the part of the pumpkin you don’t want painted, either the top or the bottom half.

TIP 01- Do this activity outside or in a well-ventilated area

TIP 02- when applying the painter's tape, in order to get that straight painted edge, make sure it sticks in between the creases so that the paint does not seep through.

Once you’ve covered part of your pumpkin, you can start spraying the exposed part. One coat should do the job, but allow the paint to dry for 5 minutes before doing any touch-ups. Let them dry for 2 hours before handling.

Tip 03- Follow the directions on the can. Be sure to shake the can for the amount of time stated to allow the contents to be fully mixed.

The third way to decorate your pumpkin is to spray it all gold, because you can never have enough gold for the holidays!

With this technique, spray the top of the pumpkin with its first coat and make any touch-ups after letting dry for 5 minutes. Let the top half dry for 15 minutes before you turn it over to paint the bottom. After letting it dry fully for two hours it’s ready for decoration!

What I love about this is when you buy pumpkins for Halloween, you can then use them for Thanksgiving - a great money saver! Also, it was not hard at all and clean up was a breeze. These pumpkins are great for displaying around the house or as centerpieces. If you’re like my family and already have Christmas decorations up for Thanksgiving dinner then these will fit right in!