Real pumpkins can add the perfect touch to your fall decor, but sometimes they’re just not practical. (Ask me about the time we permanently stained a piece of furniture when one rotted!) If you’re in the market for a good faux lookalike, read on to learn how to make your own white painted pumpkins.
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Farmhouse Style White Painted Pumpkins
One of my favorite fall crafts is painting faux pumpkins. In fact, I sometimes repaint pumpkins that I’ve painted before!
Last year, I went for a somewhat glam look with gold painted pumpkins in my Halloween mantel decor.
The year before that, I was all about soft blues and coppers to match my fall decor color scheme.
Now, I’m craving a neutral color palette. I recently shared this look in a Pinterest Challenge showcasing DIY fall centerpieces involving cloches.
I have to admit, this is my favorite look of them all. Do you agree?
The best part is, you won’t spend much money on this craft since the pumpkins themselves come from Dollar Tree! I love a good bargain!
I hope you’ll enjoy experimenting with this technique. In my opinion, the effort it takes to make the pumpkins look aged or distressed really pays off.
You’ll see a huge transformation from my original gold-painted gourds to the final farmhouse look.
If you’d like to see this same technique used on a larger faux pumpkin, be sure to visit my pumpkin flower arrangement!
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- Faux pumpkins from Dollar Tree
- Chalk paint in off-white
- Brown acrylic paint
- Camel-colored acrylic paint
- Paint brushes (wide for coverage and fine for detail)
- Wipe the pumpkins clean if necessary.
- Paint two coats of chalk paint, waiting about 20 minutes in between coats.
- Once the chalk paint is completely dry, add depth in between the pumpkin segments by mixing a small amount of brown and camel-colored acrylic paint. Dilute with the white chalk paint for a smoother finish.
- Blend the brown paint in the creases like you would eyeliner, smudging the paint to look more realistic.
- Paint the stems with the brown paint, and add camel-colored highlights to make it look more authentic.
You may choose to add a matte sealer if you desire. However, these painted pumpkins should last indoors as long as they remain dry.
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