Do you love glitz and glam as much as I do? Then you’re going to love these pumpkin decorating ideas using paint and metallic foil.

Pumpkins are gorgeous as they grow, but I’m also of the opinion that everything looks better with a little shine!

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Today, I’m going to show you how to transform inexpensive foam pumpkins into glitzy gourds for your fall decor. This project was recently featured in a roundup of pumpkin decorating ideas in Cottages & Bungalows magazine and was originally shared on This Grandma is Fun.

Give inexpensive foam pumpkins a glitzy makeover with paint and metallic foil. Check out these gorgeous pumpkin decorating ideas.

I love matching my seasonal decor with what’s already in my home, so I used nontraditional colors —  blue, aqua, purple and gray — on these painted pumpkins embellished with metallic foil.

Who says you have to go traditional with your season decor. I love decorating with metallics, so I combined them with blues and grays and even purple to create this fall tablescape.

I’ve gilded before with gold, silver and copper leaf sheets you find at the craft store. (There are some gorgeous options and patterns available in leafing. as you’ll see below.)


For this project, I used the kind of metallic foil decorative painters and faux finishers use. I bought mine from a local paint and home decor store, but you can also find it online from places like Royal Design Studio.

I like using the foil because it’s easy to work with and comes in an array of finishes: antique gold, copper, bright gold, silver, bronze soft gold and even colors.

If you're looking for pumpkin decorating ideas, you'll love this one. See how I transformed this cheap foam pumpkins with paint and metallic foil. The after is truly stunning!

I started out with some cheap foam pumpkins from the dollar store, similar to these.

Love these pumpkin decorating ideas. Use chalk paint and metallic foil to transform plain foam pumpkins into glitzy fall decor.

I gave each one a couple coats of DecoArt Chalky Finish paint until none of the original orange showed through.

Next, I used a foam brush to coat each pumpkin with adhesive size. Allow that to dry until it’s tacky, or sticky.

If you're looking for pumpkin decorating ideas, you'll love this one. See how I transformed this cheap foam pumpkins with paint and metallic foil. The after is truly stunning!

Then you want to take the metallic foil sheet, shiny side up, and press it on the sticky surface of the pumpkin.

I'm definitely trying these pumpkin decorating ideas. I love the idea of using metallic foil and paint.

Like so. Press firmly to transfer the foil to the pumpkin, then peel off. Repeat all over the pumpkin.

A lovely fall wreath featuring painted, gilded pumpkins on a grapevine form. I love the nontraditional colors of aqua and lavender.

Your goal is a mottled effect, with some of the paint showing through.

You can foil the stems, as well, or use a product like Rub’n’Buff wax or DecoArt Metallic Lustre to coat them.

Who says you have to go traditional with your season decor. I love decorating with metallics, so I combined them with blues and grays and even purple to create this fall tablescape.

After you’ve applied the foil, the pumpkins will remain sticky with the adhesive size. Use a clear acrylic spray to seal them.

A lovely fall wreath featuring painted, gilded pumpkins on a grapevine form. I love the nontraditional colors of aqua and lavender.

I just love these glitzy pumpkins, and I can’t wait to make more for this year’s fall decorating.

As much as I love the colors of autumn, it's refreshing to see fall front porch decor that embraces a completely different color palette. What a beautiful use of aqua, green, purple with neutrals.

Last year, I used them as part of a fall wreath, to decorate the front porch for fall, and also in the dining room.

Who says you have to go traditional with your season decor. I love decorating with metallics, so I combined them with blues and grays and even purple to create this fall tablescape.

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As much as I love the colors of autumn, it's refreshing to see fall front porch decor that embraces a completely different color palette. What a beautiful use of aqua, green, purple with neutrals.

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Comments

  1. These pumpkins are gorgeous. I have never worked with sheets of foil like this and I am definitely inspired! Thank you for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party. We hope to see you at the next party starting on Sunday at noon EST.

  2. I want to do this for Thanksgiving. Love the metallic pumpkins! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. See you again soon. Shared.
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