September 27, 2012

3 ways to create metallic pumpkins

Yesterday I showed you guys my Glam Halloween Mantle, and as promised, today I’m showing you how I created my pretty gold pumpkins.
3 easy ways to create metallic pumpkins
Last year I picked up a ton of faux pumpkins of different sizes from the dollar store & spray painted them mostly silver and white. This year I’m loving the gold metallic trend, so I decided to gave them a bit of a glam makeover using these 3 super easy methods that I’m sharing with you today!

Method #1. Spray Paint
spray paint pumpkins
Spray paint is by far the easiest way to makeover just about anything for that matter! I really like the metallic line from Valspar at Lowes, but just about any major spray paint brand should carry metallic paint. You might just have to experiment to find your favorite!
To create the chevron effect, I simply used masking tape.
taped pumpkins2 copy
Spray paint the pumpkin your base color first. Once it is dry, apply the tape. I cut the tape into smaller strips using my cutting mat and exacto knife, then laid them in a chevron pattern.
taped pumpkins copy
For the stripes and the double ringed polka-dots, I used masking tape and hole reinforcements.
taped pumpkins3 copy
Once you are done applying the tape, make sure you press the edges down really good to ensure nice crisp lines. Spray the entire pumpkin with the metallic spray paint, and when dry, remove the tape and voila!
large metallic pumpkins
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Method #2. Metallic paint pen
paint pen pumpkins
For the faux bois pumpkin, I simply drew the faux bois pattern on with a calligraphy paint pen. I sketched an outline first, then filled in where I saw fit.
faux bois pumpkin how to 
faux bois pumpkin close up 2diy metallic pumpkins

Method #3. Stamp it
stamped pumpkins
And lastly, I created the polka-dot pumpkins simply using a metallic stamp pad and a foam stamper. You could use any stamp you have available. The possibilities are endless! This method is by far the easiest, BUT it does take along time to dry.
polka-dot pumpkinspolka-dot pumpkins2
So there you have it. Metallic pumpkins, 3 ways. This project cost me $0 as I only used supplies I had around the house.
The thing I love the most about these pumpkins are they can carry you all the way from fall through Halloween and even Thanksgiving.
metallic pumpkins 1
And if you tire of them next year, simply spray paint them again and start over!
What colors are you using this year to decorate for fall?
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  1. Absolutely love these projects - and I love the modern edge to them. Thanks for sharing!

  2. These are really cute! Thanks for the tips.

  3. I love the faux bois and chevron pumpkins! And I have a serious thing for gold right now. Too cute! Found you through Thrifty Decor Chick link party. xoxo

    1. Me too!! I used to be purely a silver kind of girl, but I've been loving everything gold lately. I want to spraypaint everything in my house gold right now! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. These pumpkins are amazing and oh so versatile. Thanks for the inspiration for next year! I'm pinning this immediately.

  5. Your pumpkins are awesome, and so creative! I love them. Your newest follower. :)

  6. This is amazing! So unique and classy. I hope you will link this up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party if you haven't already.

  7. wow they look so great i would love it if you came and linked this up at

    thankyou aimee xxxxx

  8. Very sheik! And I love that you only used supplies you had. Amazing what we can do without paying a cent!

    1. Thanks so much! And I agree.....sometimes you just have to be a little creative and use what you already have...the results are always unique and rewarding!

  9. Hole reinforcers! How clever!

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  10. These are beautiful! I found you from your feature on House of Hepworths today. I love the metalics on the white, so pretty.
    Myself and a group of bloggers host a monthly themed party called SPARK, and the October party just started today, I'd sure love for you to come share this idea there, it's so great!

    Hope to see you there, in the meantime, I'm a new follower here and will be browsing your blog for more awesomeness :)

  11. I love these tones together!!!! So pretty!

  12. I love these. I attempted a chevron one like your first pumpkin and failed miserably. I will have to try it your way. Love all three of these. If you get a chance I would love for you to come link up your pumpkins and any other Halloweenish projects at my Halloween edition Pin Party. It's open all month.

  13. What a great way to spruce up those icky dollar store ones! Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Oh wow, didn't think Halloween could be fancy, but there you go...glam and fancy. LOVE IT!

  15. Those are soooo beautiful!! I love them all, the white and gold combo, but especially the gold pen idea--it looks like a beautiful, marbled, swirly glass pattern or something! Brilliant!

  16. I found you through Ten June's link up. I'm a new follower :)

    These pumpkins are gorgeous! Love what you did!!

  17. Love the metallic pumpkins! So "chic"!

  18. What beautiful pumpkins! They look incredible and so easy to do. I found your blog via the Finding Fabulous blog hop and I'm so glad I did. New follower here, can't wait to read more. Follow back if you like!

    Everyday with Hazel Mae

  19. Those turned out sooo pretty! what a great idea.
    We just started back up our link parties and we would love if you came and linked up at The Humble Brag. Each week, one lucky featured blogger will get one free week of advertising, which mean thousands of ad views a day! Hope to see you there.

  20. Again, loved these! Thanks so much for linking up last Friday. Hope to see you back tomorrow to link up and see if you were featured or even won the free ad space!

  21. How did you keep the styrofoam from degrading with the spray paint? Did you use an acrylic for the base coat?

    1. Nope! When I bought them they already had a coat of paint on them. I just sprayed right over top and they help up great.


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