Simple, Easy, and Elegant Painted Pumpkins

With moving this month, I knew that I likely wouldn’t have the time to decorate for fall, a tradition that I love. I figured, rightfully so, that we wouldn’t have unpacked enough boxes and organized enough rooms to even locate my decor. Still, I needed to have a little something set out because we have a beautiful mantle that shouldn’t go to waste! So, as we were running errands the other weekend, I asked T if we could swing into the Dollar Tree and pick up a few of their foam pumpkins. At only a dollar each, one can’t go wrong. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do with them, but I knew that the horrible orange had to go, and thus, these simple, easy, and elegant painted pumpkins were born.

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Prime & Prep

The first step is to cover up the horrendous original colors! Mine were like neon orange and green- gross. Use some cheap white spray paint and give the pumpkins a good coat before any other colors are layered on top. This way, whatever color is painted, is truly that color.

Orange Pumpkin

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Once dry, let the fun can begin!

Base Paint

I had a sample of some latex paint from Behr that I decided to use on the teal pumpkin. For the navy one, I just used some good ol’ 79 cent craft paint. Get down your base coat for both. This step will likely take two or more coats, especially when using a dark color like navy.

Decorate

For the teal pumpkin, I simply used stick-on rhinestones that I have had forever, just waiting for a project to use them on. I decided to do them in the shape of a cobweb. Use a tweezers to apply!

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Rhinestones

The navy pumpkin took some practice. I wanted to do a floral print but I wasn’t sure how to create the look I wanted because I’ve never tried to paint flowers before! After some research on Pinterest, and found this tutorial that was a good starting point for me. I then practiced a few times on a paper plate to get the look I was going for.

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Just like that, you have a beautiful pumpkin (or two!) that you can set out for the entirety of fall. Next year, I will find some different shapes and sizes to make a floral pumpkin set. I just love the final look, don’t you?

Floral

I painted a few groups of the flowers to mix things up,
I painted a few groups of the flowers to mix things up,
Mmm, as if I need more candy!
Mmm, as if I need more candy!

Happy Halloween!

Xo- Em