A Homemade Life — DIY Nontoxic Pumpkin Glitter that’s also Edible


Alex eating everything.

Like a puppy and maybe even your toddler, I was that baby who ate everything. For a significant period of time broccoli and bottle caps were fair game. This type of child doesn’t discriminate between warm and cold, and emotional eating is done without connotation. Food intake is simply sport, and outtake is, well, pure discovery.

The fall is when your little ones aim to roll like the big kids, and for many families this just can’t happen. That is, knives, toxic paint and glue can’t happen, but brushes, sugar and egg whites can. Krrb’s natural approach to pumpkin decorating has everyone covered. I’m going to show you how to use sugar “glitter” to decorate pumpkins this Halloween season.

Sugaring Your Pumpkin

This sugaring technique comes from Root Simple, a back-to-basics mecca where Mrs. Homegrown taught us how to sugar natural decorations for Christmas. Krrb was so inspired by the technique that we decided to go ahead and sugar our office pumpkin instead.

What You’ll Need

You won’t need much, which is one of the best parts about this project. The other best part, of course, is its natural ingredients. The egg whisk can be simplified to fork; grab a paintbrush if you don’t have pastry brushes in the kitchen.

  • Pumpkin(s)
  • 1 or 2 eggs
  • White Sugar
  • Paper Masking Tape
  • Bowl for Sugar
  • Whisk
  • Pencil or Marker
  • Small Pastry Brush
  • Whip the Egg Whites

    The whipping of the egg whites is critical. The finished product will look mold-ridden and lumpy if the white coat is too think. Also, actual mold might develop if the coat is too thick so whip those eggs well!

    Outline the Design on Your Pumpkin with Tape

    Use a pencil or marker to draw your design on the pumpkin. We went with a ‘K’ for Krrb, and we have three more pumpkins waiting to spell it out. I suggest choosing a design with simple and sharp contours, such as a star to reference a jack-o-lantern’s nightly glow. The cursive ‘K’ was a bit of a challenge, but it serves as a reminder that nothing is impossible. Also, don’t use Duct Tape like we did. It works way too well.

    Make Sure The Egg Whites Are Extra Whipped

    If you’ve done a good job whipping them, you’ll see tiny bubbles gathering on top of the egg whites.

    Sprinkle Sugar Over The Thin Layer of Egg Whites

    I would say it’s okay to sprinkle sugar with your hands here, but it’s my experience that your toddler will use them anyway.

    Let Dry

    Let the pumpkin dry in a cool place for 4-5 hours before removing the tape. Pat extra sugar onto places that are wet to speed up the drying process and enhance the finished product.


    A job well done and toxin-free! Tell us about your designs in the comments section below, and we’ll recreate our favorite one for Halloween.

    • Vanessa Londono

      What a cool idea! Can I use food coloring or paint to make different color sugars?
      P.S. That baby photo is adorable!

    • Lauren Hannel

      Love that this won’t require any carving mess…something I seriously need to avoid. And these photos look great!

    • MJ Futrell

      What a great idea! Thanks for the step by step instructions and , and I LOVE the back story!