T&T for Better Homes & Gardens Part III

October 21st, 2010

Things are moving fast and furious now as we get closer to the holidays and this week is the third leg of the Better Homes & Gardens contest. For this round, I, and the other three bloggers, were tasked with using either real or fake pumpkins to create a home decor item. I ended up creating large and small candle holders out of foam pumpkins.

I would have loved to use real pumpkins for this round but sadly due to the unseasonably cool summer here in the northwest, there were no pumpkins to be found in early September. I had never used a fake pumpkin so carving into foam was a bit nerve-wracking but I’m thrilled with the result! The best part, this project will last for years and seasons to come.

To add a little sparkle, I ended up coating the pumpkins in simmering gold glitter before placing the candles inside. I love the charm they add to a tablescape and how the light reflects off the glitter. Paired with the DIY Pumpkin Place Cards I shared earlier, you’ve got an autumnal table fit for entertaining! Check back tomorrow for the complete how-to instructions.

And don’t forget, you can see the rest of the projects and vote for your favorite at bhg.com!

26 Responses to “T&T for Better Homes & Gardens Part III”

  1. Krystle Says:

    Those pumpkins are gorgeous! I LOVE the gold glitter on them for that extra, candle-lit glitter! Good luck!

  2. Cindy Says:

    The sparkly gold is beautifully festive! Your photos are just lovely. 🙂

  3. Devon Says:

    That looks gorgeous. What a great idea!

  4. April Says:

    This is lovely!

  5. Nuha Says:

    these are genius!! Great job!

  6. susan@pocacosas Says:

    It looks incredible!

  7. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie Says:

    THIS.IS. GORGEOUS! 🙂 Obsessed.

  8. Sarah Says:

    Love this, Kathleen! So beautiful!

  9. Ali Says:

    Now those are seriously good looking pumpkin decorations – I love them!

  10. Tanya Says:

    Those are my favorite!!! Good luck! 🙂

  11. Lisa Says:

    Oh, I really love this idea!

  12. Beth Eaton Says:

    I think the glitter is amazing! I have seen this alot lately and would have never thought of it myself. Beautiful!

  13. Jessie Says:

    I voted! These are fabulous! One question, how do you keep the glitter from shedding everywhere? Would love to make them but am worried my dining table is going to look like a rave gone bad 🙂

  14. Kathleen Says:

    Great question Jessie! I’ve included this tip in tomorrow’s post too but the easiest way to set the glitter and prevent it from going everywhere is spray it with a bit hairspray.
    Good luck!

  15. Brancoprata Says:

    THIS is absolutely beautiful!!! I adore this setting…. genius!!!

  16. Allison Says:

    These are just stunning! Voting for you now!

  17. Nivi Says:

    these are amazing!

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  19. Jenny Says:

    Sooo pretty! I might have to copy that idea 🙂

  20. Erin Says:

    I LOVE these! Great job!

  21. Christina Y. Says:

    Your pumpkins are by far the prettiest and classiest…I hope you win!

  22. Chelsea @ Lovely Indeed Says:

    These are amazing! I love the color of the sparkles — it’s somewhere between gold and silver, and it’s just perfect!

  23. Whitney Says:

    Oh my goodness, Kathleen! I LOVE LOVE these pumpkins, they’re gorgeous!

  24. Olivia Says:

    These are quite fabulous. Will there be a post about how to make these lovelies?

  25. Your Manifesto Says:

    They are really beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Where did you buy the pumpkins?

  26. Kathleen Says:

    I found the pumpkins at both JoAnn’s Fabrics & Craft and Michale’s. Hope that helps!