The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Turning plain pumpkins into elegant pumpkins for Thanksgiving.

I thought I was done with pumpkin posts for the year.  I was wrong.  I give you some elegant pumpkins that will be great with your Thanksgiving decor.

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These were super easy to make.  I was in Pier 1 the other day and saw this pillow.

It got me thinking about some of the Styled by Tori pendant pieces I still had from this post.

It also got me thinking about ALL of the real pumpkins I still had sitting around from Halloween.  During the months of September and October it seems like I pick up a pumpkin or 3 every time I’m at the store.  As a result, I have a zillion orange pumpkins still sitting here come November 1st.  Which is fine and all, except for the fact that this year they do not go with my Thanksgiving dinner color scheme of white, taupe and green….

This was the next logical step.  (For me, any way.)  And it was super easy.

1.  Gather up all of your pumpkins and some white or off-white spray paint.  It doesn’t matter what kind.   Obviously it is not necessary to protect your pumpkins from rusting, but it is what I had on hand.  (This is also a good time to assess your pumpkin-purchasing-problem and vow not to buy so many next year.)

2. Spray the pumpkins and wait for them to dry.  Grab some green acrylic paint and a small paintbrush.

3. Paint little stripes of green paint down the sides of the pumpkin.
4. Working quickly, dip a wider brush in a little water and brush over the green stripes.
5.  Add a bit of pearlized paint and brush over the watered down green.

6.  Spray the pumpkins with a clear gloss sealant.

7.  Gather your bling, some floral pins and some ribbon.

8.  Cut ribbon to length, wrap around pumpkin and either tie a bow or secure with floral pins.
9.  Use floral pins to secure the pendant to the pumpkin.
10.  Arrange your pumpkins in some Thanksgiving vignette.  (I will be using mine as part of the centerpieces for my Thanksgiving table.)

And after Thanksgiving (but before the Christmas decorations come out) I will take these same pumpkins and give them this epsom salt and glitter treatment.


I linked this up over at House of Smith’s.



Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

November 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm
Gorgeous! I love repurposing AND how simple this project was!

Shannon Fox said...

November 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm
They really are beautiful. The silky bows and bling make them gorgeous!!

Lynn said...

November 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Suzy Myers said...

November 17, 2012 at 12:51 am
You are definitely getting your money's worth on those pumpkins! Beautiful!


Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

November 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm
Simple but beautiful! I love the color you choose for the pumpkins! Happy Thanksgiving!

malia said...

November 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm
Absolutely brilliant! Cool technique and I lobe the finished product!

Katie said...

November 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm
super swanky pumpkins! Love that you are upcycling your pumpkins!

Katie said...

November 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm
super swanky pumpkins! Love that you are upcycling your pumpkins!

Jill @ said...

November 19, 2012 at 2:16 am
Pretty! We would love for you to share this on our Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party!

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