You can do so much more than just carve a pumpkin! With a little paint and a few craft supplies, you can create beautiful, unique pumpkins that can really add some fall flare to your home. Leanne Lee from Rekindled Spaces showed off just a few of her ideas for getting creative with real or fake pumpkins.
Crumpled piece of tissue paper, Mod Podge, Chip Brush, Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Warm Silver, Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Smoke (thinned with water), Foam Pumpkin
Brush Mod Podge over entire pumpkin. While wet, cover pumpkin with tissue paper. Recoat with Mod Podge. Let dry. Paint tissue-papered pumpkin in Warm Silver. Let dry. Wash over pumpkin in smoke.
Foam pumpkin, Modern Masters Metal Effects Paint in Rich Gold, Modern Masters Green Patina, Chip Brush
Apply 2 coats of Rich Gold to foam pumpkin. While paint in wet, spray on green patina. Let dry
Rust Pumpkin Lantern
Foam Pumpkin, Modern Masters iron paint, Modern Masters rust activator, Chip brush, Drill with drill bit in desired hole size, flameless candle
Drill random holes in pumpkin. Cut hole in the bottom of pumpkin to allow for flameless candle (I used an electric knife). Apply 2 coats of iron paint to foam pumpkin. Let dry. Spray rust activator. Wait 5 minutes and spray again. Let dry. Seal if desired.
Foam pumpkin, decorative paper to decoupage on pumpkin, Mod Podge, E6000 spray adhesive, E6000, chip brush, sequins, glitter, rhinestones, etc…
Spread Mod Podge over entire pumpkin. While wet, lay decorative paper over pumpkin and reseal with Mod Podge. Let dry. Spray E6000 adhesive and sprinkle glitter and sequins. Apply rhinestones with E6000. Let dry.
E6000, Twine, Chip Brush, Foam Pumpkin
Spread E6000 over entire pumpkin. While wet, wrap twine around the pumpkin. Attach a decorative element if desired.
Caulk, Ziploc bag, Foam pumpkin, metallic gold spray paint, Dark Brown paint (thinned with water)
Using a caulk gun, squirt some caulk in a Ziploc bag. Snip small corner of bag to use as a piping bag. Pipe caulk in a design on pumpkin. Let dry. Spray pumpkin with metallic gold. Let dry. Wash pumpkin with Dark Brown thinned paint. Let dry
Foam Pumpkin, Buttons, E6000
Using E6000, glue buttons on pumpkin to spell "Boo" or whatever you prefer
Drippy Paint Pumpkin
Black Foam Pumpkin, Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Statuary Bronze, Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Olympic Gold, Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Copper, Water, Squirt bottles (such as ketchup & mustard bottles)
Thin metallic paints with water and place in squirt bottles. Starting at the top of the pumpkins, squirt each metallic color letting it drip down the pumpkin. Let dry
Chalk Paint Pumpkin
Our homemade chalk style paint recipe in desired color, White foam pumpkin, sanding block, Paint brush
Apply chalk style paint to pumpkin. Let dry. Sand high spots of pumpkin to expose white pumpkin.
Electric knife, Foam pumpkin, Initial Printed on printer paper in appropriate size for pumpkin, Sharp object to poke holes in pumpkin
Tape initial to pumpkin, trace initial by using sharp object to poke holes to mark pumpkin, Carve initial using electric knife
3 foam pumpkins in graduated sizes so they can stack, Moss or other filler, Urn, Initial printed on printer paper in appropriate size for pumpkin, Sharp object to poke holes in pumpkin, sharpie, glue, dowel rod, Styrofoam
Secure foam to bottom of urn. Stick dowel rod into Styrofoam. Remove stem from bottom two pumpkins so that pumpkins will lay flat. Thread pumpkins through dowel rod (can alternate with filler if desired). Tape initial to center pumpkin, trace initial by using sharp object to poke holes to mark pumpkin, Connect the dots using a pencil. Fill in initial with Sharpie or acrylic paint.
White pumpkin, cheesecloth, E6000 spray adhesive, E6000, googly eyes
Spray adhesive all over pumpkin. Attach cheesecloth to resemble a mummy. Glue on eyes with E6000.