Today I have an easy diy craft project. This tutorial is for how to stencil and paint pumpkins. You can use this tutorial for real or fake pumpkins! What’s great about this project is that you will be able to use these pumpkins for your fall home décor or other holidays by flipping the back around for another craft project. Just set them on the porch, mantel or bookcase to display. This craft project takes 30 minutes to an hour depending on your skill level and the dry times for layers of paint.
Everyone is going crazy doing the most fun projects right now for Halloween. But, in my house I like to keep it simple. Gone are the days when I had the full house of kids and although it is one of several favorite holidays I’ve paired down my home décor for Halloween. I still love decorating my porch and front window for all the kids and families dropping in over the season and on Halloween. I think today’s craft project is easy to add to any themed Halloween décor. Hope you enjoy it!
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You can add these pumpkins to your mantel, porch, bookcase or home décor table-scape. This technique is good for any seasonal lettering.
Honestly this is a very easy project. The finished project will fit into any theme by changing the leaves and twine. You could even hot glue spiders or hang ghosts over where you set them. Now here’s how to make them.
I used a lovely Metallic Lustre Rose Gold from DecoArt. The supplies you need are minimal The project quick and easy! I found my pumpkins on sale 50% at Michaels.
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Craft Supply List:
- Pumpkins 3 any size (real or fake) For today’s project I used craft (fake) pumpkins. They are on sale 50% off! Craft Pumpkins
- Painters Tape
- Stencils (Letter Stencils 2, 3, 4, 5 inch options) DecoArt Script Letter Stencil 6 “
- Pencil with eraser
- Metallic Luster Rose Gold Paint
- Angle Edge Paint Brush / *optional Small Stencil Paint Brush
- Fall Leaves: Maple Leaves Pack
- Paper Towel or Q-Tips
- Water Container
No special prep work is necessary. Grab your pumpkin and center stencil 1 1/2″ from the bottom of the stem piece (at the top of the pumpkin). I was going to try to tape down stencil then paint with my stencil paint brush. I quickly saw that it would be better to trace the stencil with a pencil then paint with an angle brush. My pumpkins were pretty round. When stenciling with stencil taped on the stencil needs to be flush to your surface and completely taped down for it to come out properly. Do which ever works best depending on your pumpkins surface and shape.
Stencil the letters one by one on the pumpkins until you have the word BOO. Or any letters to the word s you want to write. Do not press too hard just enough to see it on your pumpkins. For real pumpkins you can always use a white pencil to see it better.
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My house was warm and fan going when I was painting. By the time I covered the other two and went back to the first one it was dry. Paint with your angle brush until the letters are fully covered, drying in between for each one. The pumpkins are slick so it’s easy to wipe off mistakes if you need, use a Q-tip or edge of a damp paper towel.
- Tips: You need to let the coats dry fully in between coats or it can smear the paint off.
Go close to edges and pull paint brush loaded with paint slowly. Do not overly wet paint and do not overly load brush. I like to load my brush and run half on the edge of paint container getting off excess. Only wet paint enough to mix and load. Fill in any light spots after the pumpkin layers have completely dried.
- It takes about three layers of paint to make the lettering filled in.
- The photos don’t due the colors justice as it’s so shiny any sunshine gives it a glare, it’s absolutely beautiful.
I started to play around with faux leaves and painted the lovely rose gold onto them then I also painted twine and ties them to the top attaching leaves with pretty fall clothes pins. Decorate them any way you like to display them.
- I love this paint so much I have done three other projects to share with you! Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out.
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What diy craft projects have you been working on?