Rustic Pumpkin Decor Made Out Of Glass Bulbs (Pottery Barn Inspired)

Rustic pumpkin decor in just a few minutes! The supplies are really inexpensive and it looks charming on your mantle.

Pumpkins are a Fall staple when it comes to decorating! Typically, you will find your traditional orange pumpkins, but occasionally you’ll see a white or gray one. This year, I went with navy pumpkins that were a fun paint pour project!

After first seeing Pottery Barn’s mercury glass version of these glamorous, antique-looking glass finished pumpkins; I knew they were just what my Fall dining table centerpiece needed.  looking glass pumpkin complete tutorial - make your own rustic pumpkin Don’t forget to pin this for later! 

How To Make Rustic Pumpkin Decor 

Instead of grabbing these from the Pottery Barn, I decided that DIY or making them myself would for sure be the best thing to do!  Add some shine to your Fall decorating by adding this easy-to-do twist on a typical mercury glass pumpkin!
I like to think that buying them would be just too easy and not near as much fun as getting creative and making these for yourself! Let’s make these together. I have the complete tutorial in a printable craft card at the end of this post. First, I have some tips for the tutorial below. 

Rustic pumpkin supplies

Rustic Pumpkin Supplies

First of all, this is “nacho average” pumpkin! You will need the following resources that can be easily found in my Amazon shop under “Shop the Project- Looking Glass Pumpkin” section of the site.

  • Glass globe light cover
  • Raffia ribbon
  • Wooden stick from the yard for a stem
  • Krylon looking glass spray paint
  • Spray water bottle filled with water 
  • Trim (whatever you’d like, I used rope and satin ribbon) 
  • Battery-operated votive (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Paper Towels

Instructions and Tips 

As you make this easy rustic craft, here are some tips that will help you along the way. 

Mist the inside of your glass globe

Before you even begin the craft, the inside of your glass globe needs to be slightly damp. Don’t just pour water in it. You don’t want it to be too wet. After you mist it, let it dry for a few minutes. 

Spray Paint Inside the glass globe

Now you are ready to spray paint the inside of the glass globe. Again, do this lightly. If you add too much spray paint it will take too long to dry. After you spray paint it, let it drip dry completely. 

Add the Mercury Effect

One of my favorite things to do with this looking glass pumpkin to add the “mercury” effect. To do this, just take a dry paper towel, twist it up, and fit it inside the globe. Then, dab some of the excess moisture off the inside edges of the globe. Let it finish drip drying. 

Attach the Wooden Stem

Use a hot glue gun to attach the wooden stick to the top of the globe. Hold it until it stays in place, it shouldn’t take more than a minute or two. 

Glue ribbon around the stem

Next, glue or tie some rope around the bottom and raffia ribbon and/or regular ribbon at the top. 

Place A Votive For Ambiance

If you want this to give your room a relaxing glow, place a battery-operated votive underneath the globe. It creates a stunning effect! I would not use a candle with a flame since you used spray paint inside of it, which is flammable. 

Do this craft outside 

The spray paint makes it nearly impossible to do this project indoors, so this project is a great excuse to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air! So there’s that!

Watch the Full Video Tutorial here

If you are a visual learner, then I have the perfect video for you. Just watch the tutorial video and make the craft with me. 

How To Decorate With A Pottery-Barn Look-A-Like Rustic Pumpkin

This is one of my largest DIY pumpkins that I’ve made, so you’ll need to leave plenty of room around it. This glass pumpkin really does become a fantastic centerpiece and a conversation-starter.  When you decorate with it, place it somewhere safe where it won’t roll away. Give it a steady base – it’s breakable. This fits perfect on a mantle or shelf where it won’t be knocked down easily.  Since it has a neutral color, it can fit in the middle of a bunch of other fall decor pieces too. Since it’s made out of glass, you can put it on your porch with your other outdoor decor pieces. 

Rustic Pumpkin Tutorial 

Here’s the complete tutorial in the printable card, just like I promised. Don’t forget to pin this post to your craft board – it’s the perfect craft for a girl’s night! 

Looking Glass Rustic Pumpkin

Make a Pottery Barn look-a-like. This rustic pumpkin is super easy to make!
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time15 minutes
Resting Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Keyword: diy decor, Fall Decor, Rustic Pumpkin
Yield: 1 pumpkin
Cost: 15


  • Krylon looking glass spray paint
  • Spray water bottle filled with water 
  • scissors
  • Paper Towels


  • 1 glass globe light cover
  • ½ yard Raffia Ribbon
  • 6 inch Wooden stick
  • ½ yard rope or ribbon
  • 1 battery-operated votive


  • Lightly and sporadically spray the inside of your glass globe light cover with the water from your spray bottle of water.  Let dry a few minutes.
  • Next take the Krylon looking glass spray paint, and spray the inside of the inside of the globe lightly. Let it drip dry.  
  • Take a dry paper towel and twist it up to fit inside the globe in order to ‘dab’ some of the excess wetness off of the inside edges of the globe. This also helps with the ‘mercury’ effect.
  • Let the globe drip dry completely.
  • Using the hot glue, glue the wooden stick to the top of the globe and hold until it stays in place.
  • Glue or tie on some rope around the bottom and raffia ribbon and/or regular ribbon for embellishment on the top.
  • Add a battery operated votive underneath the globe for added ambiance!


Mercury Glass Pottery Barn Look-A-Like Pumpkin

The final pumpkin did not disappoint. It looks even better, in my humble opinion than the mercury glass Pottery Barn version!  It was so much fun and super easy to do.  It would be a great Fall project for doing outdoors once those cooler temps roll in.  These looking glass pumpkins would be so cute as decor on a table as a centerpiece or on a fireplace mantle or simply in a guest bath for the Fall season! What do you think, will you make one of these for yourself? If you love this kind of DIY project, you need to be getting my emails, friend! Each week I send out a couple of emails that include updates, crafts, shopping experiences and decor inspiration. Be sure to get yourself signed up below.  I can’t wait to meet you!

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  1. It’s really pretty project can’t wait to make this pumpkins. Thanks for the video it help alot.

    1. southerncrush says:

      You’re so welcome! I’m glad you’ll try it!!

  2. I just made your glass pumpkin. They came out great I did it a little different. I put an acorn on top of the bow. It covers up the knot

    1. southerncrush says:

      I’m so glad you made one!!! What a great idea to add the acorn!

  3. Phyllis Ursery says:

    Loved the looking glass pumpkin. Great presentation, a pleasure to watch. Thank youPhyllis Ursery

    1. southerncrush says:

      I’m so glad! Thank you for your kind words!

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