Easy DIY Tutorial
Here’s a fun, easy way to turn your mix-matched pumpkins into elegant looking vintage inspired decor! How? With paint, of course!! With this easy, DIY guide I will show you how to turn your misfit pumpkins into beautiful DIY vintage inspired painted pumpkins.
If you’re at all like me, you collect decor items randomly, here and there, one or two at a time. This seems to be the case with pumpkins especially!! They are so CUTE! I love them in every shape, size and color. But in the end you wind up with a collection of pumpkins, while cute, that don’t make a lot of sense in your home decor! And while I LIKE orange, I am not always in the MOOD for orange. So…this year I decided to add a little cohesiveness (and a bit more elegance, in my opinion) to my fall decor by adding a bit of paint.
Gather your materials:
- A collection of misfit pumpkins. For this occasion you may also want to visit your local Dollar Store to add some cheap pumpkins to the mix.
- White spray paint. Matt or gloss is up to you. (The collection above was completed with one can, but I would be safe and get 2.)
- Burnt Umber craft paint.
- Small paint brush
- Aluminum foil
- Painters tape
- Paper towels
DIY Vintage Inspired Painted Pumpkins
Using aluminum foil, cover the stems. Seal the edges with blue painters tape to protect the stems from the paint.
Lay your pumpkins out on a drop cloth in a well ventilated area like an open garage.
Spray a couple of light coats of paint on your pumpkins. Just follow general spray paint instructions. Do several light coats. Then turn them over to get the underside.
When your pumpkins are dry (and all white!) you can bring them inside to do this next step. Using your small paint brush and the Burnt Umber craft paint, paint a stripe of paint into each of the crevices of the pumpkin. Do two stripes at a time and then wipe with your paper towel to create a smudge. How much you take off is totally up to you. The idea is that you don’t want the pumpkins to look “striped.” Instead you want to create an antiqued look as if dirt has settled into the cracks and created an aged or vintage look.
Now for my favorite part….Styling! Have fun decorating with your “new” vintage looking pumpkins!