Designer Inspired Painted Pumpkins

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I wanted to try painting a pumpkin similar to the ones our beloved designer makes. The one that does Black and White Checks, Stripes and Dots. I love their style and wanted to do a mini version. I am not anywhere near as good as the original, but I love trying. Painting takes my mind off all my troubles and becomes therapy for me. It has really helped my Mom over the years too.

This first pumpkin pictured below was bought at a flea market. It was white already but I had to paint it white again to brighten it up. The grooves in the pumpkin were not of even numbers so I had to come up with a design pattern that would work and look good. I used black and white check for three sections, gold leaf for three sections and orange for three sections. You just have to pattern it out ahead of time.

I put it on a candlestick and added a bow. I painted the candlestick with gold leaf too.
Here it is on my antique fireplace mantel. I am decorating for an antique/flea market booth that we will rent the beginning of October. I am setting up my garage to how we want the booth to look.

The next two pumpkins were soup bowls I bought from one of the Dollar Stores. I think it was Family Dollar. I just wanted to practice my painting and practice the types of paints that would cover ceramic. (See picture below for the type of paint.) I also wanted to get in the mood for fall. I bought an orange one and an aqua one.

Again the patterns were not easy to come up with because of the uneven numbers of the grooves. But they were good practice for me.

I used the Folk Art Enamel Paints. These have a wine glass on top of their caps. That makes you aware that the paint can go over glass. I also used Plaid Gold Leaf in “Classic Gold.”

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Metallic Pink Pumpkin and Birthday

Hi My Blog Reader Friends! Today is the one year birthday of my BLOG. I want to thank all of you for reading, looking at my photos, liking, commenting and subscribing! Every view counts! It brings joy to my heart to know there are people who like what I post. This post is about an unconventional color for a pumpkin. It turns out very elegant and upscale.

I just wanted to say that there are times when you just want to give up on social media, blogging, etc. It is not easy. It is time consuming. You wonder if there is ANYONE out there enjoying what you post. But another blogger, who was also my business coach for awhile said, “The first year is the roughest. If you can get through that year and keep going you will see benefits.” I hope she is right.

I got the idea of a pink pumpkin from Kathy at her Facebook Page…..Royale Funky Junque. Go follow her she has terrific ideas.

I knew I wanted mine to be a metallic pink instead of a soft, pale pink. I found all the rose gold/pink embellishments at Hobby Lobby. I also bought the paper mache pumpkin from Hobby Lobby. Pictures of all the supplies will be at the very bottom.

The first thing I did was paint the brown pumpkin white. I thought the true color of the pink would come through much better if I primed it. I was right. Then I painted a good coat of the metallic pink paint. Deco Art Metallic Extreme Sheen in Rose Quartz. I then had to paint a light second coat in some areas. I did not paint my stem because I knew it wouldn’t show. I used the stem to hold the pumpkin while I painted. I could have left it brown. But from now on, I think I will paint it the color of the pumpkin so it all blends.

After it was painted and very dry, I did a Facebook Live and put it all together. You can watch it here: Facebook Live Video

Here are some pictures I took before, during and after.

Here is the pumpkin BEFORE.

The paper mache pumpkin. If they no longer have these, you can use any pumpkin even if it has uneven grooves.

Here are some pictures DURING.

First I painted it white.
Then I painted it 2 coats of pink.
I had to paint the top and let dry and then paint the bottom.

Here are some pictures AFTER.

Here’s a close up of the little bird.
Here’s a close up of the ball.
Here’s a close up of the flower.

The candlestick is what will make this project unique—one-of-a-kind! I bought it at a thrift store and it was dark brown. I dry brushed it with the same metallic pink paint. It is beyond gorgeous. Pictures do not do it justice. I sold this pumpkin the day after my Facebook Video. It is on it’s way to it’s forever home.

The beautiful candlestick

Here are the supplies I used. I bought everything at Hobby Lobby. At the time of purchase all Fall and Christmas was 40% off.

Brown Paper Mache Pumpkin. Here’s the price for 2021. I got 40% off.
This paint is old and I do not know where I bought it from. Just use any white or ivory paint for the primer.
This paint is a beautiful color and has a great sheen to it. DecoArt Metallic Extreme Sheen in Rose Quartz.
You will find these items in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby. This is the tinsel I used for the grooves in the pumpkin.
Here are the flowers I used. I used only two, but my Hero/Shero used three or four I think.
The picks matched the pinkish rose gold of all the other embellishments and were found on the pick aisle.
These were the other embellishments I used. The balls were on a pick and came with three balls per pick. I only used one. The birds came in a package of four. I only used one.

I truly hope you try your hand at making this pumpkin or one like it in your favorite color. I plan on making a teal color pumpkin soon. I already have made an oil rubbed bronze color pumpkin with more traditional colors. Make these for YOUR store or craft show. Good Luck! Happy Fall!

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Upscaled Dollar Tree Foam Pumpkins

Two pumpkins two different ways. One can be for FALL and the other for HALLOWEEN. I painted one a metallic copper color and wrapped with an iridescent brown fabric and finished with a finial. The other one I left orange, wrapped with black lace and finished with a little witch hat. The elevation of the candlesticks REALLY is what takes them OVER THE TOP!

The first one we (my Mom and I) made was the brown one. I painted it metallic copper. Then Mom made a yo yo from iridescent brown fabric and gathered it all up at the top. She also made a yo yo from burlap as the topper to cover all the gathers. It also made a good surface for the finial to be placed on top.

What is a yo yo you ask? They are the rosettes that turn into yo yo quilts.

“Yo-yo quilts are made from round pieces of fabric with long stitches along their turned-under outer edges. Stitches are pulled to gather the circles into rosettes.” —-TheSpruceCrafts.com

For the finial and candlestick, I painted an old world bronze color and then used Antique gold Rub n Buff.

I think this one turned out so elegant and sophisticated. It looks Old World Luxurious. The fabric and finial came from Hobby Lobby. The candlestick was thrifted from GoodWill. More pictures will be at the bottom.

For the next pumpkin we wanted a Halloween theme. We didn’t have any black lace so my Mom dyed the lace using black acrylic paint. She didn’t make a yo yo for this one, she just used a rubber band to secure it a the top. We knew the witches hat was going to hide the rubber band.

The witches hat was bought at Michaels and the candlestick was bought from a garage sale.

I painted the candlestick with black spray paint and added glitter paint to it. I also added some glitter paint to some of the black lace.

Below are some more pictures. I hope you try these projects. The possibilities are endless! Comment below if you try it and let me know what you come up with. Crafting is FUN!

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