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.
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.
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.
I started out with some cheap foam pumpkins from the dollar store, similar to these.
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.
Then you want to take the metallic foil sheet, shiny side up, and press it on the sticky surface of the pumpkin.
Like so. Press firmly to transfer the foil to the pumpkin, then peel off. Repeat all over the pumpkin.
Your goal is a mottled effect, with some of the paint showing through.
As I’ve said, you can use gold leaf sheets or silver leaf sheets for this project. But if you want to achieve the mottled look, be sure to just randomly brush the adhesive size on the pumpkins. Don’t coat the entire pumpkins. Be sure you check out my tips on working with gold leaf.
After you’ve applied the foil, the pumpkins will remain sticky with the adhesive size. Use a clear acrylic spray to seal them.
I just love these glitzy pumpkins, and I can’t wait to make more for this year’s fall decorating.
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