I have a really easy craft project to share with you today, perfect DIY decor for fall and Halloween. I wanted to incorporate a few pumpkins into my fall decor, but the bright orange wasn’t meshing well with my blue/neutral living room. So I set out to pretty them up using a few paint supplies I already had handy. The result: metallic patterned painted pumpkins!
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These painted pumpkins are seriously uber easy to create, so I hope you’ll give this a try. You can replicate my patterns or put your own spin on this idea.
I used a 1-inch foam brush to coat the entire pumpkin in chalk paint. For my pumpkins, I decided to make one grey and one blue (no surprise there, I use those colors for everything!). It took two coats of chalk paint to completely cover the pumpkins, but the painting process went rather quickly since chalk paint dries fast. I painted the top half of the pumpkin, waited for it to dry and then tipped it upside down to paint the bottom half. I touched up the paint around the pumpkin stem using a fine paintbrush to cover up all of the orange without getting paint on the entire stem.
Once the chalk paint was dry, I use a Sharpie paint pen (genius invention!) to draw small shapes all over the pumpkin. I use these paint pens for all sorts of projects, and they were perfect for these pumpkins. I chose to use gold for my pumpkins, but you can certainly use whatever colors you wish!
There was no pattern for where I placed the shapes, I simply tried to place them randomly but spaced out fairly even. This patterned look is easy to do even if you aren’t artistic. The hand-drawn look is in right now, and the small patterns look trendy even if the shapes aren’t all exactly the same. I did my best to keep all of them a similar size.
I drew triangles on the grey pumpkin….
…and squares on the blue pumpkin.
Here are the pretty painted pumpkins, perched by the bench near our front door. I keep moving them around the living room to admire them in different spots. I will move them out to our front steps on Halloween to welcome trick-or-treaters, and the blue pumpkin will be perfect to signal that I’m handing our non-food treats this year. Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? It’s such a great movement to ensure all kids have a safe and fun Halloween, even if they have food allergies.
That’s all for today’s simple fall craft project! I hope you liked my painted pumpkins.
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