Chloe Morse

WHAT YOU NEED: A small sized pumpkin (able to fit in a container), nail polish, a kebab stick and water-proof sized container.

Marbled Pumpkin

Fill your container three-fourths full of water, and add a drop of nail polish, letting it sit on top and not mixing it in. Then, add more drops of nail polishes, preferably different colors, to the center of the original drop. You can add as much nail polish as you want, and as many different colors as you want. When you’re finished, take your kebab stick and lightly skim across the nail polish, covering the surface of the water in nail polish. Be careful not to completely mix the polish together, just move the different colors for a marbled effect.

When you’re finished, dip your pumpkin into the container up to the stem. When you take it out, your nail polish will give a marbled look to the pumpkin. Repeat this process until your pumpkin is covered with designs, or until you are happy with it. Let your pumpkin dry on a piece of newspaper, and then decorate with it. Out of all the pumpkin decorating techniques, this one was the most exhausting in time and effort, and didn’t result in a decoration as cool as the other two designs. Covering the pumpkin in nail polish required excessive amounts of polish, so don’t use anything you might want to use again. The nail polish dried in a thin layer on the surface of the water almost immediately, preventing me from marbling the colors, or it fell through the water to the bottom of the dish, where the polish couldn’t get on the pumpkin.

In the process of dipping the pumpkin, my hands also got covered in nail polish and were practically impossible to clean after it dried. Furthermore, most conventional nail polishes contain ingredients that are actually household hazardous waste, rendering the water with polish in it dangerous to dispose of down the drain. Not only is the design exhausting to make, the result isn’t pretty and it’s damaging to the environment. I would not recommend making this design.

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