Metallic Painted Washi Tape Pumpkins ~ Easily give faux pumpkins a custom decorative look by painting patterned washi tape with metallic spray paint.
Did you know that you can change the look of washi tape and give it a while new look with spray paint? I had some leftover blue patterned washi tape that I used on an organizing project… Upright Freezer Organizing Ideas. I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it up. But I came up with an idea!
I bought three different size plastic pumpkins with the plan of decorating them for the fall mantel I was working on. The colour scheme is a lot of oranges and copper tones. The good news was that I wanted to use washi tape because it is so easy to work with and I love the nice clean lines it creates when applied. The bad news is that washi tape primarily comes in vibrant cheery colours and patterns that don’t look very ‘fallish’ or ‘autumny’ at all. But the good news is that you can give it a whole new look with spray paint.
In the instructions you will notice an extra step. This is where I recommend first spray-painting the pumpkin with a primer. The faux pumpkin is made of plastic and in my experience starting with a primer makes it easier for the paint to adhere to the plastic. I have painted projects before without starting with a primer and had them fail. It ended up being a waste of time and product. So now just to be safe whether it is needed or not I always start with a primer and I have had the most success with the Kilz brand (not sponsored).
It seemed kind of strange to paint an off white plastic pumpkin with a linen paint that is almost the same colour. But both the primer and chalk paint give the faux pumpkin a more natural looking texture compared to the original plastic look.
Now that I explained a few things about the project here are the step-by-step instructions with photographs for …
Metallic Painted Washi Tape Pumpkins
- faux pumpkins (any size)
- Kilz primer spray paint
- Martha Stewart Vintage Linen chalk paint
- copper metallic spray paint
- plastic garbage bags
- washi tape
- Martha Stewart copper metallic pant
- craft size paint brush
Spray paint the pumpkin with two coats of Kilz primer. Allow the primer to dry thoroughly between each coat.
Apply two coats of Martha Stewart linen vintage chalk paint with a paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly between each coat.
Estimate how much washi tape will be needed to decorate each pumpkin. I did this by loosely placing the unpainted washi tape over the areas where I wanted to place it.
Set up a spray painting station in a well-ventilated location. In my case I set up a table covered with plastic garbage bags in the garage.
Place washi tape strips in rows on the plastic garbage bags. It will adhere to the plastic but it will be easy to remove after it is dry.
Paint the washi tape with a light coat of metallic spray paint. Allow this coat to dry. Apply a second coat of spray paint making sure to cover and hide the original colour and pattern. Allow to dry thoroughly.
When the paint is dry gently pull it from the plastic bag. Do not do this step when the paint is not completely dry. Remove the flecks of paint along the sides by gently dragging your fingers up and down the sides with one hand while holding the strip with your other hand. I did this while standing on top of another plastic garbage bag so it was easy to clean up the mess afterwards.
This photographs shows how the washi tape looks while it is drying on the plastic garbage bags. The black strip you see shows what it looks like with one of painted strips of washi tape removed.
Apply the newly metallic painted washi tape evenly in a vertical placement on the pumpkin.
Paint the stem with Martha Stewart copper metallic paint.
This was a really easy project to do. However it is the drying time between each coat of paint that takes a bit of time.
I bought the large and medium size faux pumpkins at Michaels for half price. I bought the small plump looking pumpkin at the thrift store for $1.00. It used to be quite an ugly looking thing with a combination of green and brown tones. The new paint colour and metallic painted washi tape gave it a whole new updated look.
This is how they look when added to my decorated fall mantel! I was able to decorate the faux pumpkins with metallic painted washi tape to perfectly coordinate with the items! In my next post I will be sharing all of the décor details on my fall mantel so stay tuned!
One more thing… I painted my pumpkins with a linen white and metallic copper paint. But the possibilities are endless for colour combinations. I am thinking that black painted pumpkins with metallic gold or silver would look fabulous too!
Have you got any extra washi tape that you want to use up? What colour combinations would you use to decorate your faux pumpkins?
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Featured: Metallic Painted Washi Tape Pumpkins was featured in Country Sampler’s Autumn Decorating 2016 magazine!
Have an inspired day!