If you love glassy pumpkins, this craft is for you! You can turn cheap foam pumpkins into beautiful fall decorations for your home using a marbling technique. This project uses Halloween-themed colors, but you can use any colors you would like for this project.
This time of year, I love making marbled pumpkins. I’ve used the marbling technique on so many different substrates and in so many different colors! You can marble just about anything…candles, wood, jewelry, and even foam!
I thought I would try the same marbling technique with resin this time. That glossy opaque finish makes for some gorgeous finished pumpkins, let me tell you! I made my marbled pumpkins with a Halloween theme, but you can use any colors you would like on this project.
I have plenty of pumpkin crafts on this site, so be sure to check those out, too. Everything from burlap and buttons to scrap wood, sweater pumpkins, and twine! Be sure to check out my full gallery of pumpkin-themed crafts!
How to Make Marbled Pumpkins with Resin
Supplies needed to make these marbled pumpkins:
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- EnviroTex Lite Pour On High Gloss Finish
- Plastic Pumpkins (buy black ones or paint existing ones)
- Castin’Craft Opaque Pigments (in the colors of your choice)
- Skewer and Toothpicks
- Foam Block
- Stir Sticks
- Measuring Cups
- Mixing Cups
- Protective gloves
- Craft knife
I made my marbled pumpkins from some black foam pumpkins. I actually painted these black. You can either find some in the color of your choice or paint some. Just be sure to allow them to dry completely before continuing.
When the pumpkins are ready to use, add wood dowels or skewers to the bottom of each pumpkin, as shown below. Add these dowels to a foam block. This will keep everything still while you are marbling.
Remove any stems on the top of your pumpkins as well. You will also want to protect your work surface well, as this is a messy project.
Mix your resin according to the package instructions. Be sure to wear protective gloves and follow all instructions that come with your packaging. Then tint a little bit orange and a little bit white, as shown below.
You will also want to protect the hole in the top of your pumpkin that is for the stem. I did this by adding another dowel or skewer to the top, as shown below. Then just start dripping on the mixed resin.
Add as many colors as you would like.
You can use the two skewers to pick up the pumpkin and tilt it to get good coverage. Use a stir stick to push the resin around if needed.
Once you are happy with your marbled pumpkins, allow them to cure overnight, then remove the two skewers. You may need a craft knife to cut away the cured resin in order to remove it. Add your stem back to your pumpkins, and they are ready for a fun and spooky display.
For me, that glossy finish is just perfect! These look great on my Halloween mantle, and I love that super spooky look.
Imagine using this same technique to make marbled pumpkins in other colors as well! I can see them in cheerful and bright colors for a fun fall display.
For me, I added my marbled pumpkins to my Macbeth Halloween decor for some extra fright! I can’t wait for Halloween to get here already! It is one of my favorites!
Love these marbled pumpkins and want more ideas? Try the links below!
- Halloween Signs
- Make a Halloween Tree
- Pumpkin Magnets
- Halloween Lanterns
- DIY Pallet Pumpkins
- Even more Halloween crafts
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- Start by adding a sheet or cardboard down to protect your work surface.
- Add wood dowels or skewers to the bottom of each pumpkin. Then, stick the dowels into a foam block to keep everything still while you are marbling.
- Remove any stem in the top of your pumpkins as well. Then, insert another dowel or skewer in its place to protect this area. We will be adding the stems back to the pumpkin after the resin is dry.
- Mix your resin according to the package instructions. Be sure to wear protective gloves and follow all instructions that come with your packaging.
- Then, tint a little bit of orange and a little bit of white.
- Then, begin dripping the mixed resin onto the pumpkins, adding as many colors as you would like.
- Once you are happy with your marbled pumpkins, allow to cure overnight, then remove the two skewers. You may need a craft knife to cut away the cured resin in order to remove.
- Add your stem back to your pumpkins. You may need to hot glue or super glue. Now, they are ready for a fun and spooky display!