One of my favorite times of the year is the change from Summer to Fall. Sweaters, hot chocolate, the leaves changing colors and cool weather all mean it’s time to redecorate the house! As you might already know from A Sweet & A Spicy – Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipes, pumpkin carving is another fall favorite of mine. This year, besides my carving pumpkin, I also brought home a couple of gourds and small pumpkins, aka sugar pumpkins, so that I could make super easy DIY metallic pumpkin decor! The great thing about these decorations is that it can be FREE to make! I’ll show you step by step how to make these pumpkins, but by utilizing supplies you already have, it’ll cost you nothing!
What are gourds you might be asking? These cute guys!
- Gourds and/or sugar pumpkins
- Ribbon or twine of your choice
- Spray paint(s)
- Paint Pen
- Plastic cups (the same amount of gourds/pumpkins you’ll be painting)
- Hot glue gun (not pictured)
- This paint brush or towel
- Paint, preferably white or off white
First thing you’ll want to do it to clean the pumpkins / gourds. A damp cloth will do the trick. Next you’ll want to get set up outside to spray paint. Make sure to always spray paint outside (I’ve made the mistake of not before and it wasn’t pretty). It should be a well ventilated area and definitely not windy or else the spray paint will get everywhere! Hold the gourds / pumpkins by the stem and evenly paint over the surface. DO NOT heavily cover with spray paint or else it will dip down. Remember, you can always go back and do a second coat if necessary. Sit each one on a plastic cups and allow to dry following the spray paint instructions.
Once the first coat has dried, remove the gourds / pumpkins from the cup. Spray a second coat, making sure to get the bottoms and the area where the cup touched. Place the gourds / pumpkins wet side up and allow to dry.
Next is the design!
You can get really creative here. I chose to wrap the stems with twine and write a short message on the sugar pumpkin. Ribbon would also be great to wrap around the stem or to use around the pumpkin / gourd. I didn’t like the color of ribbon I has on hand, so I just used twine. If the base of the stem is wider than the top, you might want to hot glue a little bit of your ribbon to the bottom of the stem to help get you started.
Give a rustic look to your pumpkins!
Use a towel or small paint brush. Get jut a little bit of paint, I used a color called vanilla paste, and spread it around your pumpkin. Less is more here! If you add too much, just use a wet paper towel to wipe some off. For the message, you can use a paint pen or freestyle whatever message you want. I kept it simple with just “Hello”. A google search can inspire you if you want something else. Finally, just pose everything in a bowl or on a plate! I had some moss, fake flowers and Spanish moss on hand so I just used that.