Halloween is creeping up on us again, which only means one thing… It’s time to get spooky! This Halloween I have a quick and easy, creepy craft idea that is fun and simple for you to do and will bring that extra touch of sparkle to your home this Autumn.
I visited the Hobbycraft website and purchased a selection of plush pumpkins in a range of sizes and colours, prices starting from only £1.00 which I think is great value for money and once I crystallised them with Zodiac rhinestones, they really do look fabulous.
Crystallizing these pumpkins was one of my first ever blinging projects and my vision turned out better than expected and I really enjoyed getting creative with rhinestones. I think this is a fun and easy crystal craft project that is great for beginners or advanced crafters, you can make it as complex as you like using intricate designs.
What will I need?
To bling your own plush pumpkins, you will need:
- Plush pumpkins from Hobbycraft
- Zodiac non hotfix rhinestones in a colour of your choice
- A pick up tool (pick up pencil or Katana)
- Gem Tac glue
- Flipper tray
- Syringe with pink tip
Bling your own pumpkin – A step-by-step guide
Step 1. Set up your workspace. The first thing you will need to do is to set up a clean, tidy workspace with everything you need, including your syringe filled with a small amount of GemTac glue.
Steps 2. Using your GemTac glue, apply around 10 small beads of glue onto your pumpkin. I found that using a syringe to apply your glue is a lot easier than just using the glue straight from the tube as it allows you to be more precise. The tubes/bottles of GemTac do have nozzles but sometimes I find a little too much glue can come out of the nozzle.
Step 3. Use your pick up tool to pick up one of the crystals and place it on top of one of your beads of glue. You should apply a small amount of pressure on the top of the crystal to ensure the crystal stays in place. Then, repeat this step. The more times you repeat this process, the quicker and easier it will become. I like using the Crystal Katana as it is comfy to hold, picks up the tiniest of crystals and also has a hand metal tip to allow me to move the crystals around and also to apply gentle pressure to secure the rhinestones in place.
Step 4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you are happy with your pumpkin design. Be sure to allow the GemTac glue to dry for a minimum of 5 hours.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect – no two pumpkins are the same!
I hope you have enjoyed reading my first blog, I’ll be back soon with some more sparkly step by step guides.