This year, instead of making regular Jack-o-Lanterns, we were inspired by Pinterest to do something out of the box with our pumpkins. We loved seeing a different take on decorating the pumpkins and thought we would give it a try. Using silver and gold acrylic paint, we decided on a glamorous look for this year’s batch of pumpkins. Along the way, we learned a few tips that we would like to share with you.
- Prepare your pumpkin for decorating.
- Decide which pumpkin will have what design.
- Trace an outline of the words or design onto the pumpkin with a pencil or a pen.
- Using a power drill, drill holes into the marked lines. You can vary the size of the holes to create different effects by changing the drill bit. We used 3/4″, 1/2″ and 1/4″. Make sure you cover your work area before you begin drilling. We had pumpkin bits flying all over.
- Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (or equivalent) to get rid of any left over pencil or pen marks. If you will not be painting the pumpkin, skip to step 11. If you are painting the pumpkin, proceed to the next step.
- Paint the pumpkin with vertical motions following the pumpkin’s natural contours.
- Wait for the paint to dry, or speed up the process by blowing it with a hair dryer.
- Paint a second coat of paint.
- If covering with sparkles, sprinkle these on the pumpkin while the paint is still wet. If not, proceed to step the next step.
- Let your pumpkin dry completely.
- Place a tea light or two inside each pumpkin. Light it and watch your arrangement glow in the evening dusk.
We found that painting white pumpkins was a lot easier than painting orange ones. The paint showed up much clearer and required only two coats to have a solid effect, whereas the orange pumpkins didn’t take to the color as nicely and two coats still allowed for orange to show through. We liked this effect though, and left it after two coats of gold paint. Just be aware you may have to be ready to do a lot of coats if you want to completely change the color of an orange pumpkin!
For one of the white pumpkins we painted, we did the first coat with silver, and the second with gold. The gold wasn’t very noticeable but it provided a different shimmer than the silver. Take a look at the chandelier pumpkin in the middle below, compared to the two others.
When drilling holes in the polka-dotted pumpkin, we decided to be random and drilled the holes as we went. No planning was put into effect for where we wanted each hole to be; we just went with the flow. We did use three sizes of drill bits to get the above effect.
One was designed as a chandelier, to give the effect of layers of glowing gems. We started with a larger drill bit and decreased in size as we drilled each next layer.
On another we wrote “Boo!” in holes that will be illuminated by the candle light.
The fourth we decorated with glitter to reflect from the glow of neighboring pumpkins, and the fifth we simply painted a shimmering gold coat on.
You can be as creative as you like when decorating pumpkins for the season, but remember that the more intricate the detailing is, the more work it will require.
~Happy Pumpkin Decorating!