I love being able to buy pumpkins and decorating them. This year, I bought some small pumpkins and decided to spray paint them. I am really happy by how cute these fall DIY pumpkins turned out!
When I first made these Fall DIY pumpkins, I wasn’t planning on blogging them but since they turned out so cute I just had to share! Unfortunately there will be no step by step pictures but I will do my best to explain how to make these.
Supplies that you will need to make these Fall DIY pumpkins
Silver spray paint
Gold spray paint
Cooking spray can lid (or something similar to be used to rest the pumpkins on while you spray paint. It will get painted so it needs to be something you don’t mind tossing out)
How to make these Fall DIY Pumpkins
1. Find a well ventilated outdoor area to set up your work space – preferably away from trees where leaves and debris could blow onto your pumpkins. Also – because you are working with spray paint, make sure that you are not near anything that could get painted by the spray paint particles (especially if the wind starts blowing).
2. Lay down your news paper. You will need a pretty wide area to avoid spray painting the surface you are working on (4-5ft or bigger). Lay 2-3 layers of newspaper down to avoid the spray paint from soaking through. If the day is breezy, lay something heavy around the newspaper (like rocks) so that it doesn’t blow over onto your pumpkins.
3. Get to painting!* Place the pumpkins upside down on the cooking spray can lid. You want to start with the bottom half then do the top half because I noticed that the paint can get scuffed easily while it is drying. Allow the spray paint to dry for 2-3 hours before turning them around – for most effective drying do this project on a warm and sunny day (at least 60F outside).
— Silver pumpkins: Place the pumpkins upside down on the cooking spray can lid. Hold the can about 1 ft away and lightly spray all around to coat the half that is facing up. Repeat this step in 30 minutes until you have 2-3 coats of spray paint. I found that silver needed at least 3 generous coats in order to hide the color of the pumpkin. For one of my pumpkins I did two light coats so the orange would show through. I really liked this effect! Allow to dry 2-3 hours before doing the other half. Repeat steps above for the top half.
—Gold pumpkins: Follow the same steps as silver.
— Two toned pumpkins: Follow the same steps as silver. You will paint one half in one color and the second half in the second color.
— Half toned pumpkins: Follow the same steps as silver but you won’t flip the pumpkin to paint the other half. Choose which half you want your pumpkin to be painted – for mine I chose the top half so that was the side that was facing up when I painted it.
4. Allow time to dry. Spray paint takes a few days to fully set (it will feel tacky for a few days). Set the pumpkins somewhere indoors where they can dry for a few days. I immediately arranged them into a center piece without letting them dry for a few days and noticed that as I moved the pumpkins around, little pieces of paint were getting pealed off where they were touching (so don’t do what I did LOL!). I arranged my pumpkins the way I wanted and haven’t moved them since. I decorated them with small pine cones that I’ve picked up from my afternoon walks. I also gave those a very light coat of spray paint. If the spray paint on your pumpkins do get scuffed, you can spray extra paint into a small disposable container and with a small paint brush touch up the scuffs – do this in a well ventilated area away from anything that could get painted.
In these pictures:
Lanterns and candles: Pier 1
Glass platter: Originally from Bed Bath and Beyond I’ve had it for a few years.
Pumpkins: Local grocery store
Pine cones: Found while walking
My cat Leela was keeping me company while I was taking pictures of the pumpkins. She loves shoe laces 🙂
*Spray paint has a tendency to get on everything. Please work on this project outside in an area where things won’t get damaged. Always wear clothes you don’t mind getting painted and wear a face mask if you are sensitive to the fumes. I am not responsible for any damages this project may cause. Happy crafting!