This is an easy DIY project creating these cute whimsical pumpkins using hot glue and molds!
Did you know that they make colored hot glue sticks? I had no idea!
Recently, I was on Amazon to reorder hot glue sticks for my glue gun, and ran across several listings for colored glue sticks.
I started thinking about all the creative things you could do with them, and of course, that launched an idea for these whimsical pumpkins!
I had some plain white plastic pumpkins left over from last year’s pumpkin project, so all I needed was some napkins for decoupaging the pumpkins, resin flower molds, and colored glue sticks!
I’ll put source links at the end of the post for the items that I used.
My idea was to decoupage some of the pumpkins in pretty prints and colors, and then embellish the top with flowers in different colors.
Before decoupaging with decorative paper napkins, separate the top from the bottom ply so that you’re only working with the thin top layer of the napkin.
Cut or tear the napkin into thin strips, then using decoupage, cover the pumpkin and let dry.
I found a fabulous set of flower molds and decided that they would work perfectly for the flowers.
The flowers were very easy to make using the molds, a glue gun, and the colored glue sticks.
Simply fill the mold with the hot glue in your choice of color, and let set (usually 5-10 minutes), and then remove from the mold.
Filling the mold with hot glue was easy, but it did take approximately 6-8 glue sticks for one pumpkin. Not knowing how many glue sticks it would take to fill the molds, I had ordered several packages, and I’m glad I did.
Once you have enough flowers made for one pumpkin, it’s very simple to hot glue them onto the pumpkin in whatever arrangement you like.
I think they turned out so cute! They have such a whimsical look!
I only decoupaged three of the pumpkins and then left two of them in the original white finish, just adding the flowers to the top.
After they were finished, I used some gold paint and painted the stems in gold.
This is a great project for a rainy day or sharing with your children or grandchildren.
There’s no limit to what you can create using different molds and colors of glue sticks.
My favorite is the green polka dot with the pink flowers and the white pumpkin with gold flowers.
The gold glue sticks would be fabulous to make the medallions like we did here.
I like the idea of making these in small sizes to sit at each place setting for the Thanksgiving table, and then each guest can take one home with them.
These whimsical pumpkins are very unique and one of a kind!
Who knew that glue sticks could be so versatile?!?
This would be a fun project for decorating Christmas ornaments and Easter eggs as well!
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