Cosmic Pumpkin Decorating

My family loves getting creative and coming up with new ways to decorate pumpkins.  My girls also loved the galaxy play dough that I made for them a bit ago.  With that in mind we set out to try to come up with a way to make galaxy pumpkins.  After a bit of experimenting we found success, and we were blown away by the final results!

COSMIC PUMPKINS- the coolest decorating idea I've seen and no carving!





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This whole process was really fun, and the pumpkins truly looked out of this world when we were done!  I love that this pumpkin decorating idea didn't require any carving.  My kids love things that glow-in-the-dark and were mesmerized the entire time we were making our cosmic pumpkins.  Are you ready to see how we did it? 

Materials
HOW TO MAKE COSMIC PUMPKINS- this is so cool!

Method
  • Begin by filling a bowl or similar container with enough water to partially submerge the pumpkins.  We used mini pumpkins, but you can use larger pumpkins or white craft pumpkins as well.
  • Once the water is settled in the bowl pour glow-in-the-dark nail polish on the waters surface, making swirls and designs as desired.  You can free pour the designs, or you can use a toothpick to make specific patterns in the water.  I let my kids free pour the designs
HOW TO MAKE COSMIC PUMPKINS- this is so cool!

  •  Next, dip one of the pumpkins into the bowl and gently move it around until the majority of the polish is on the pumpkin
HOW TO MAKE COSMIC PUMPKINS- this is so cool!

HOW TO MAKE COSMIC PUMPKINS- this is so cool!

HOW TO MAKE COSMIC PUMPKINS- this is so cool!
  • Pull the pumpkin from the water, and you will see a stunning, cosmic swirl
  • Most of the polish will stick to the bottom half of the pumpkin, so you will want to flip the pumpkins and dip them again once the bottom half is dry.  My kids loved pouring the nail polish in-between dippings to create new, swirled patterns.  Here is what our pumpkins looked like when we were done
HOW TO MAKE COSMIC PUMPKINS- this is so cool!
HOW TO MAKE COSMIC PUMPKINS- this is so cool!
HOW TO MAKE COSMIC PUMPKINS- this is so cool!

Aren't they gorgeous?  The entire process is truly mesmerizing, and the pumpkins are even beautiful in the daylight!  My kids had so much fun with this pumpkin decorating idea and are already asking to do it again!

We had our blacklight on while we were decorating the pumpkins.  This isn't necessary, but it does make the glow-in-the-dark nail polish glow much brighter.  For best results I would recommend using either a blacklight fixture or this mini blacklight flashlight.  This is the blacklight we use, and this is the nail polish that we used.

I hope your kids have as much fun with this activity as mine did!

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