I know Halloween is over, but don’t toss out the pumpkins!!! OK, jack-o-lanterns should all be gone by now, but any whole pumpkins you have laying around can carry you through Thanksgiving and into the first couple of days in December.
Make shimmery metallic pumpkins by breaking the spray painting rules.
Yes, of course you can spray paint real pumpkins. Really? Are there still some of you who dubiously ponder exactly what can be spray painted…? You can spray paint anything that will hold still long enough, (or that you aren’t planning to eat).
My colors for Halloween were primarily black, white and silver, with pops of orange. Stark and harsh. For Thanksgiving (which we host at our house) I want it to be warm and inviting… colorful but subdued.
A coat of metallic spray paint takes a Halloweenish orange pumpkin into November with a warm shimmer.
Spraying one color onto the pumpkin is an easy way to go, but you can mix the paint colors as well.
During Halloween, I counted 83 pumpkins on the premises, 41 of which are real. Most of those 41 pumpkins will be getting this paint treatment, very similar to the faux mercury glass pumpkins I did last month.
I sprayed a pumpkin with a base coat of white. While the paint is still wet I spray a metallic paint over the top. This pumpkin got a heavy coat of metallic paint.
I love how the colors run together. I don’t even mind that it’s thick and drippy.
Want to know why there is an extra heavy coat of paint on this one?
Because sometimes the spray paint nozzle just goes haywire. I just sprayed/dripped the paint all over the pumpkin and got a cool result. (as Tim Gunn says “make it work!”)
I also sprayed a pumpkin with a deep green base coat and then did light coats of metallic over it. Still some drips (which you want) but a more subtle effect.
I still have quite a few more pumpkins to go, but here’s what I’ve done so far.
This was my Halloween “porch”…
Removing most of the black and orange items and replacing them with warmer colors gets me in the mood for Thanksgiving.
|I’m considering removing the urns on the edges, but haven’t decided yet. feel free to weigh in.|
He was a Dollar Store Halloween raven but I spray painted him too, then added a few strokes of brown and purple acrylic paint and colored in his eyes and beak with a Sharpie.
Once Halloween is over, the price of pumpkins really seems to drop considerably. Pick up a few extras and give this a try.
And stay tuned. In a few weeks I’ll show you a (so simple it’s stupid) trick to make these painted pumpkins work during that short period after Thanksgiving but before your Husband gets your Christmas stuff down from the rafters in the garage….