Friday Fall Feature – Week One
Welcome to my very first Friday Fall feature! So glad you stopped by to check it out. If you just happened to stumble across this post and you are not sure what the Friday Fall Feature is then let me just give you a quick explanation.
For the next four Fridays I will be posting ideas and tutorials on different pumpkins. This year I seem to be obsessed with pumpkins and my daughter thinks I am crazy! And hey, maybe she’s right! And I am totally okay with that. I’m not exactly sure where the pumpkin obsession comes from. It just seems to have appeared this year and I can’t stop myself. There are so many cute and
CHEAP inexpensive ways to decorate with pumpkins. So join me over the next four weeks and I will show you how to make multiple pumpkins using different things to make your own house look like a pumpkin patch exploded in it.
This weeks features are painted pumpkins.
Painting pumpkins is a great way to match them to your decor. If you like pumpkins but aren’t into the bright orange then paint them.
- Faux pumpkins – grab them from the dollar store or get a bag of small ones from Michael’s (but don’t forget to use your coupon) – remember these are to be
cheapinexpensive, so that you can justify having like a million of them around.
- I used heirloom white Rust-o-leum spray paint
- Rust-o-leums metallic silver spray paint
- Chalk paint in various colours – Choose whatever will match your colour scheme. I chose Folk Art chalk in sage, sheepskin and maui sand.
- Foam Brush
- Masking Tape
Spray Painting Pumpkins
So these first pumpkins are super easy.
I’m going to give them a rating of – if you can shake a paint can and push a button then you’ve got this – rating.
You laugh at that last statement but… things happen!
First things first. Gather the spray paint of your choosing and some of your pumpkins.
If you are able to remove the stems from your pumpkins, do that now. If not you will need some tape to tape them off to protect them. Work in a well-ventilated area.
This is now where perhaps a little patience will come into play. You want to give them light coats of paint. Don’t go thinking that you can just give them a crazy spray and get them done in 5 min. If you go all heavy handed on the spray paint you will just end up with a big drippy mess that will look like you left your poor pumpkins out in the heat to melt.
Depending on the colour you have chosen and the original colour of your pumpkin will depend on how many coats of paint you will actually need. I gave mine three good coats.
Now… back away! I mean it. Leave them to dry… Seriously back away. Go on turn around and walk away. A watched pumpkin never dries!
Now that you have stepped away from the pumpkins you can choose to paint the stems or leave them alone if they are already to your liking. I decided to spruce some of mine up with some darker spray paint and some with a little gold and silver brushed in.
When everything is completely dry, and not before, (I know you went back and stuck your finger to one of the pumpkins before it was dry) you can add back in your stems and find a home for these little (or big) cuties.
I decided to add my Heirloom white ones into a tablescape with one of the few pumpkins I didn’t diy! It was such a pretty one though I couldn’t turn it away once it mysteriously jumped into my cart. Poor thing was looking for a loving home.
So I did try to make some pumpkins look like mercury glass but… they failed. You can actually see here on my pear shaped pumpkin that the paint must have reacted with something and didn’t get a mirror smooth finish. It was quite flat and had a bizarre texture that I bet I couldn’t replicate if I tried. So I just finished it off with metallic silver paint and went with the texture. Just work with it!
Now if you are not into or simply deemed dangerous with a spray can you can also use paint and a brush.
Chalk Painted Pumpkins
I chose to use chalk paint on mine but just regular acrylic also works.
The colours I used were Folk Art chalk in sage, sheepskin and maui sand. (sheepskin??? who names these. 😛 )
I applied the paint using a foam brush and about two to three coats of paint depending on how opaque I wanted them.
I also went back in while it was still a little wet and added a deeper colour into the bumps and crevasses to add a little depth to them. Then back over them with a little bit of base colour and blended until I had it looking right. You can go all crazy here and even add more than one extra colour. GASP!!! Really it’s okay!
Give the stems a little highlight and ta-da-voila-bang your are done!
Display them around your house using leaves, acorns, vases, baskets… you name it.
Be sure to watch next Friday for more pumpkin tutorials. If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for emails. That way you won’t miss out. I will send you a reminder.
If you love this idea be sure to pin it for later!
PS. If you actually read right to the end of this post then you get to see a sneak peek of what pumpkins we are doing next week. If you like to be prepared ahead here is s a list of items you will need for next weeks pumpkins.
- More faux pumpkins
- Washi Tape – colour and pattern of your choosing
- Foam brush
- Mod Podge
- Paper rolls – toilet, towel or wrapping
- Paper – from books or scrapbooking – double sided
What colour are you planning on painting your pumpkins? Share your pic’s. I would love to see how you decorated with them.
For more painted projects check out these posts.