Well, I am sadly saying goodbye to summer to usher in fall. We haven’t yet closed the pool down for the year (I am still holding out for a few more hot days) but the day is closing in on us.  Don’t get me wrong, I love fall -the leaves changing, the crisp air, the chance to pull out sweaters, sweatshirts, and cardigans.  However, saying goodbye to sun, pool days, no schedule, and vacations at the lake is always bittersweet.  And fall means that winter is closer.  Me + winter = grumpy.  However, winter isn’t here yet so let’s break out the pumpkins and jump in the leaves, shall we?  Today I am going to show you how to make some easy peasy glass swirled pumpkins that will look great added to your fall decor.

glass diy pumpkin craft


Large mouth canning jar, lid and ring

Small glass bowl

Beacon All Purpose glue

Krylon spray paint in Oil Rubbed Bronze

small terracotta saucer

Tim Holtz Knobs

Super Glue

Folk Art Craft paint in various colors

Wire raffia

Paint Stick

Faux leaf

1.  To assemble the top of your pumpkin, flip your canning ring upside down on top of a mason jar.

mason jar top pumpkin

mason jar pumpkin

2.  Set the small terracotta saucer upside down on top of the canning ring.  Run a ring of glue around it almost like you are caulking it.  Top it with the canning lid.  Let dry.

making paint swirl pumpkins pumpkin topper

3.  Spray paint it with a few light coats of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.

oil rubbed bronze pumpkin tops

4.  Give the inside of your bowl a wipe with an alcohol pad.  This helps give a nice clean surface and removes all the grease.

glass pumpkins paint swirl

5. Choose the colors of paint you would like to use and squirt a healthy amount of each color into the bottom of your glass bowl.  I used 4 colors for each jar.  Usually a dark, light, white and gold color.

Tip:  If you don’t like how it is turning out you can rinse it and start over.

acrylic paint swirled pumpkins

6.  With a popsicle stick swirl the paint around to blend the colors.

swirling paint pumpkins

7. Then simply roll your bowl around letting the paint swirl together and cover the sides of the bowl.

swirling paint in glass

glass pumpkin

8.  Pour out any excess paint.  Then set it upside down on top of a canning ring. Don’t worry if the paint hasn’t reached the top of the bowl yet, gravity will do its job and bring it down.  Let it rest for an hour.  Wipe the top lip of the bowl and then flip over on its right side.  Let it dry overnight.

swirl paint pumpkin

glass pumpkin craft

9.  To finish off the top, wrap some wire raffia around a pen to form the vine. Stretch it and wrap it around the knob.

raffia topped pumpkin

glass pumpkin

10.  Glue both the leaf and the knob onto the top with some super glue.

swirl paint pumpkins

10.  Add the top to the swirled paint glass bowl.  Don’t feel like you have to stick with oranges.  Explore some other fall color combos with browns, greens or metallics.

glass swirled pumpkins

acrylic paint swirled pumpkins

green paint swirled pumpkins

But if the traditional oranges are your jam, then by all means, do it.

orange paint swirled pumpkins

glass pumpkins

For more fall decor projects check out:

Pumpkin Chair Backer – Fun Way to Enjoy the Halloween Season


Pom Pom Flowers in Boo Vases

candy corn pom pom flowers in mirrored boo vases

Happy Halloween Pillow with Pom Poms


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  1. Hi Beckie! These pumpkins are amazing little works of art! They definitely look like art glass! Where did you get your glass bowls and about what size are they? Thanks!

  2. These are adorable. And they won’t go bad like actual pumpkins, so you can reuse them every year 🙂

  3. I love this project the little pumpkins are so cute. I am having a problem finding the right size terra cotta bottoms. The smallest I have found is 3.5 inches and they are to big. Info on finding these would be helpful.

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