If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen one of my pumpkins pleading with me to be decorated (don’t believe me? See the image below!). Nothing is sadder than a pleading pumpkin, so I had to oblige. As promised, my pumpkins are making their way onto the blog. And guess what? They’re all decked out for the occasion.
While I’ve seen a lot of great pumpkin decorating tutorials, from decoupaging (I want to try that next year) to copper pumpkins, I took a lax approach with mine. I started out with two large pumpkins, of the traditional orange kind, and four small white pumpkins from Trader Joe’s.
In the interest of full disclosure, Martha Stewart I am not, and my success rate with DIY’s may be at a dismal 10%. There was that issue with carving a pumpkin one year…and trying to make a monogrammed mouse pad another. But you don’t know until you try, right? Now that I’ve disclosed my shortcomings, let’s talk about the pumpkins.
I was actually pleased with how they turned out…despite buying the wrong acrylic colors and having to substitute ceiling paint from Behr at the last minute (thank goodness the ceiling in my home office happens to be white!).
In honor of my grandmother, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to make a pumpkin for her. So I took one of the smaller pumpkins (which was already white, but ironically needed a coat of white paint), and painted little pink ribbons around it.
Of course, for my own pumpkin, I painted it pink and drew skulls on it with black magic marker for an edgy finish.
The two larger pumpkins are both wearing the Behr paint that’s not-for-pumpkins, and I added an acrylic crystal gloss to one and a gold sparkle gloss to the other. I decided to add a monogram to the plain white pumpkin and drew a free-hand “V” with the black magic marker (that calligraphy class I took came in handy).
If you are planning to paint your pumpkins this year, I have some good news…you can’t mess up. I tried a few different designs, and what I didn’t like I just painted over. The paint, on the other hand, should be looked at carefully before purchasing to make sure that the bottle says “white” and not “crystal.” But fear not, even if you make a rookie mistake like I did, it seems like any kind of paint will work. And thanks to Behr for being a great color in my home office — and base coat on my pumpkins!
Will you be decorating pumpkins this year?