The one thing I’ve learned about pumpkins is their ability to be customized to suit any Fall decor. The kids and I painted (we love painting) a few pumpkins the other day in a few different colors and patterns. I’m sharing the ones I made today, then I’ll share the ones from the kids separately since I’m using them differently. Plus it made this post easier to type just focusing on one set.
I haven’t posted in about two weeks. If you read my post about blogging less, then you’ll know why. However, I do have several posts that have been in the works. And since we kinda love painting, I thought I’d share these fun DIY painted pumpkins for Fall.
There is something about these gold and white pumpkins that I simply adore. They were easy to make and although they may not be in the typical Fall colors (as I’ve learned), they do make for good decorating. I’m not doing a Fall home tour this time but I’ve been adding just a few touches of Fall in certain areas of the our home.
What are needed to make them:
- Pumpkins – I used faux orange ones from the Dollar Tree
- Gold Spray Paint
- Regular or acrylic Gold paint
- Regular, acrylic, or spray paint in white (if the pumpkins are of a different color like orange)
- Paint brush and a small round paint brush
- Scrap paper
- Painter’s tape (optional)
What to do:
- Find a spot for spray painting in a well ventilated area such as outside.
- Place scrap paper on flat surface.
- Note: Use regular, acrylic, or spray paint to paint all the pumpkins white (if they are not already white). Give a few coats until the desired whiteness is achieved. Let pumpkins dry between coats. A light underlying coat of orange my been seen even after painting but it’s subtle. I had some primer lying around and used some before I painted to make sure it was covered properly but even then, I could still see a light coat of orange. It’s no biggie and really cannot tell unless you are really look at it closely.
- Note: If you want to paint the stem, paint it first then let it dry. Next used painter’s tape to cover it up before painting the other part to the pumpkin(s).
- Once dried enough, it’s time to decorated with the gold spray paint. ANY design will do. Here are the ones I did.
Painting the Pumpkins
Stems: If painting the stems, I suggest painting them first. Let them dry. Then paint the body and down to the bottom of the pumpkin. I used a thin brush to get around the bottom of the stem, then a winder brush below.
Once the body of the pumpkin is dried, turn it over and paint the bottom. Let it dry completely before turning it over.
Once pumpkins are painted and dried, it’s time to add some customization. I did three different styles of painting while sticking to the gold and white theme.
Steps to Polka Dot Painted Pumpkin
Spray Painted Pumpkin
This look was sort of intentional. I thought I had a full can of paint and realized I had gold in a different type of paint. Whatever was left in the can. Sometimes it came out heavier and other times, it came out lighter. I love the results. So if you are going to try this one, just spray some areas gold and leave other parts white. Don’t spray too heavy, just enough strength to create the look.
Gold Splatter Painted Pumpkin: I used this gold metallic liquid paint mixed with a tiny bit of water to get it to run a bit. Then I took a brush and shook it in areas where I wanted a splatter look. It looks messy, doesn’t it?
The possibilities are endless and while I’m no pumpkin decorating expert, I do know that there are so many options. Tie a ribbon. Add rope (see my post here). And check out my round up of so many ways to decorate a pumpkin from some other bloggers here.
What do you think? Do you like painting or customizing pumpkins real or fake ones in some other ways?