All you need to make marbled pumpkins is A LOT of nail polish, nail polish remover, a disposable bowl, and miniature white pumpkins! Float the nail polish on top of the water, then carefully dip the pumpkins in to make marbled designs. Read on to see how!
We may be wrapping up our Halloween Holiday fun, but there is still time to get one last itsy bitsy pumpkin idea in like Marbling A Pumpkin…right? RIGHT! MORE PUMPKINS!
I have been itching to do something with white pumpkins this season. I have experimented with pinning ribbons, hot gluing beads, and finger painting a white pumpkin (ok, so little P did that one) but so far nothing has really struck me as awesome. Until now.
Yesterday I was perusing my local craft store and grabbed some white glass ornaments to start to get my decorating. While I suck at marbling nails, I don’t totally suck at marbling ornaments. Then it hit me- dude. Marble a WHITE PUMPKIN.
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED – BE PREPARED!!
Before you get started on this craft you will need lots of nail polish! I like to buy cheap nail polish in lots of colors and these will work for your jar marbling as well. Here are a few sets that are inexpensive. If you order them, you will have tons of colors without paying like $7 a bottle at the store. Money savings!!!!!!!!!!!!
Updated: Marbling a Pumpkin now with a video! Yay!
How to Marble Pumpkins Step-By-Step
- Nail polish in a variety of colors
- Nail polish remover (cause you will probably get it on something you don’t want to get it on)
- A bowl you don’t really care about or are willing to clean up
- Baby white pumpkins
Fill your bowl up with water and then let the bowl sit so it’s not sloshing around. If the water is moving, it can disperse your nail polish and leave fewer designs.
Then pour your nail polish into your bowl. You can use a toothpick or Q-tip to get really intricate, but all I did was slowly pour and create some swirly streams.
After you have your design, just dip your pumpkin and pull it out!
I decided to do the top and bottom of a few, so I would dip the bottom, then dry it off (I used a hair dryer), then poke a fork through the bottom and use the fork handle to dip the top of the pumpkin on the other side.
I also tried orange and some sparkly nail polish but I didn’t love that sparkly nail polish marbling as much.
The effect was kinda weepy.
Plus check out how to Marble Dip a Mason Jar here:
Btw, I don’t know if there is such a thing as 99-cent nail polish, but if there is, stock up. This was totally fun and I plan on picking up some more pumpkins to do a mini patch.
Q: Do I need to seal the paint on the marbled pumpkin?
A: No, the nail polish hardens really well and makes a nice finish on the pumpkin. It will last long past the season.
Q: Why do I need to use water to marble a pumpkin?
A: The nail polish floats on the water so you can get a sorta freestyle design that doesn’t look painted on. If you want a better design you can make it as the paint floats on the water, then it will transfer really cleanly to the pumpkin when you dip it in.