Welcome to the first post of my Pretty Pumpkin Series! I just can’t get enough of pumpkins. There are so many options when it comes to decorating them and of course I want to try them all! Over the weekend I tried my hand at marbling mine. This turned out to be a lot of fun. After a little trial and error I found the method that seemed to work best me. This is an incredibly simple technique that was so easy that I managed to create these with a 16 month old glued to my hip.
Here’s what you’ll need…
Nail polish (Newer polishes work best. Glitter nail polishes didn’t seem to hold up as well in the water)
Small white pumpkins
Paint & paint brush (optional; for the stem)
Paper for the pumpkins to dry on.
Start by filling up your bucket with room temp water. Choose a bucket that will allow you to submerge your whole pumpkin. Add drops or dribbles of nail polish one color at a time. Once you have drops in the water you’ll see that they may spread out on their own. I gave mine a little swirl with my wood skewer to get more of that marble look. You want to work quickly because the polish will start to stick together and won’t swirl but rather glop up.
Make sure you put your gloves on before dipping your pumpkin. I didn’t and I went through a bottle of nail polish remover to clean up my hands! Take your pumpkin by the stem and push it straight down through the polish and lift it back up. Seriously…That’s it! It’s super easy. I painted the stem of the green one but it’s just as cute to marbleize the stem like I did with the pink pumpkin. To clean up the water simply use your skewer to swirl the polish around it (kind of like making cotton candy) and you’ve got a clean bowl of water ready for your next pumpkin! You may have to try it a couple times to get the feel for it but once you do, you’ll be well on your way to creating some fun marbleized pumpkins!
Did you make some of your own? I’d love to see them!