It's the Great Glitter Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


You all know how much I like paper plates.  We've already made these little guys from some white paper plates.  Well, I was so thrilled when I happened upon some glitter paper plate pumpkins at Blissful and Domestic.  I put it on my ever-growing to-do list.  It shot to the top of the list when I was at Target the other day and spied the orange paper plates.  I took it as a sign that this art project needed to get done.

Supplies you will need:

  • Orange paper plates
  • Glitter and confetti
  • Glue
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Plastic cups for glitter

I already had some glitter and confetti that I picked up a while ago at the dollar store.  Can you believe all this sparkliness for $1.00?  I know!

Since my girls don't have the hand strength to effectively use glue bottles, I sat with the girls and asked them what shape eyes, noses and mouths I should make with the glue on the pumpkins.  This was a great way to get them thinking and review their shapes.  But any weird shape combos you see were chosen by A and B.   I poured some glitter into some recycled apple sauce cups and gave them to the girls along with their plates with the glue faces.  

B's rectangle mouth pumpkin waited to be glitterized!

Next, just let them sprinkle the glitter on the glue.  My girls had some trouble with this.  To a 3 year old "sprinkle" means "pour liberally."  Just ask "A."

You will want to have the adult shake off the excess glitter or you will have a whole lot of mess on your hands.  You can reuse the glitter you have shaken off once you pour it back into the cup.  

B did a very happy pumpkin and she just loved how it sparkled.  She enjoyed feeling the glitter as the glue hardened. 

My dollar store glitter pack also came with some metallic confetti and I thought it would be a nice way to add a little more bling to our pumpkins.  B decided that we should make a scary pumpkin with an "O" shaped mouth.  Here she is "sprinkling" on her confetti.

I had some green pipe cleaners and cut them in half to make some stems for the pumpkins.

I added a little curl to these stems but I am not sure if I like them better than the plain stems.

This was a super messy kids activity.  We are still finding glitter everywhere.  It's like a gentlemen's club exploded in our kitchen.  I think this is something we will re-visit as the girls get older and can squeeze their own glue bottle (and clean their own glitter).  



  1. Hello Vicky,
    This glittery pumpkin project looks like fun. Love the curly vine on the stem, super cute.
    Smiles, Paula

  2. This is a great idea! My little miss would love. :)

  3. Cute! Glitter makes a big mess, but at least it's a fun and shiny mess!

  4. My daughter loves glitter! I should try with her. Thank you for your comment on my blog!

  5. Hi there! This is such a fun, cute, and SIMPLE activity! I'm a speech pathologist and a mama who just started blogging and found your blog. I'm definitely going to start following you! Great ideas!

  6. Now why didn't I think of that?!?! That is so simple & SO MUCH FUN! Thanks for sharing. My kids love glue & glitter so I think it would be a big hit in our house too! I would love for you to link up at Living Life Intentionally’s Linky party - ~Beth

  7. @ Paula, thanks so much!
    @ Keely, what little girl doesn't love glitter?
    @ Meg, glitter makes a huge mess! :-)
    @ Carnie, hope your daughter likes it.
    @ Katie, Can't wait to check out your blog!
    @ Beth, thanks I will do that.

  8. Yet another great idea to do with my grands! You are so smart - how in the world do you think of all this?!?!? Thanks for sharing.

  9. I didn't have any glitter, so I used a hole puncher and made orange circles that we glued to white paper plate. They turned out great!

  10. Hi, thank you for visiting my blog, saying kind things and following me! Hope to get better acquainted in the future. Your children are adorable.
    Blessings, Audrey

  11. I love how yours turned out and I know what you mean about the glitter. Your house is like bedazzled for a few days after:>

    I love all your cute ideas here:>

  12. These turned out so well! I love this idea! Would you link it to my Halloween Traditions link up?

  13. Ooh, I love these! I just bought some orange plates for our halloween party. If we have enough left over, we will be making these. Thanks for the idea!

  14. @ Suzy, thanks for the kind words. There are so many great ideas out there. I am in awe of the creativity of other moms.
    @ Megan, that sounds great! I would love to see pictures.
    @ Audrey, thank you for being so sweet. Hope to get to know you better too.
    @ Danielle, thanks! I think today is our first glitter free day.
    @ JDaniel4's Mom, I linked up thanks for the invite!
    @ Betsy, yes, save some plates. :-)