Pumpkins are such a versatile fruit! They can be eaten, carved, decorated, or simply displayed. They conjure warm thoughts of harvest, autumn, and yummy pies, and are the quintessential icon of Halloween. This year we want to keep our pumpkins around beyond Halloween and into late fall, so we are decorating instead of carving them. We love the way distressed furniture invokes a farmhouse feel, so we’re transferring that look to our decorated pumpkins.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Pumpkins with ridges
- Spray paint primer
- Gold, silver mirror-, or metallic paint
- Gray or white, flat, latex paint
- Paint brush
- Thoroughly clean pumpkins and allow to dry.
- Spray pumpkins with primer in a well-ventilated area, coating entire surface. Be sure to protect surrounding area from over-spray. Allow primer to dry for recommended amount before proceeding to next step.
- Spray metallic paint according to label instructions and allow to dry at least 24 hours in a well-ventilated area.
- Using paint brush, apply one coat of gray or white, flat, latex paint to entire surface. Allow to dry for 30 minutes.
- Using a damp cloth, wipe away portions of the paint to allow metallic paint to show through. Wipe away paint until desired effect is achieved. The more paint you wipe away, the more metallic paint will show.
We’d love to see how creative you get! Hashtag your creations with #botanicalinterests.