Make White Painted Copper Accented Faux Pumpkins ~ Turn thrift or dollar store faux pumpkins into gorgeous fall décor with paint and metallic tinsel glitter.
Before I go into a thrift store I always refer to a list I keep on my iPhone. It is a list of items to keep an eye out for. Faux pumpkins are on the list. I am sure you know what I am talking about. They are made of a type of paper mache material and painted to look like the real thing. The only problem is they look more faux than real.
Whenever I see these faux pumpkins and they are not too expensive I will pick some up. At the time of purchase I don’t have a clear idea as to what I am going to do with them but I know something will come to mind. Not only are these pumpkins available at the thrift store but they also show up in the dollar stores during the fall season. So they are a fun inexpensive material to create and work with.
I love the fall season! It is such a pretty time of year. The typical fall colours of orange, red, brown, purple and hint of greens on the trees do create a stunning showcase of colours outdoors. But there is one colour that I think can be included in the fall colour palette and that is copper. It is a metallic mix of orange and brown.
I decided to give my thrift store collection of faux pumpkins are more updated look. It is amazing what you can do with some white paint, copper metallic paint and copper tinsel glitter!
Here is how to…
Make White Painted Copper Accented Faux Pumpkins
- faux paper mache like pumpkins
- plastic gloves
- Kilz white spray primer
- Martha Stewart Linen Vintage Décor Paint
- Martha Stewart Copper Metallic Acrylic Paint
- white craft glue mixed with water in a one-to-one ratio
- Martha Stewart copper metallic tinsel glitter
- paint brush for applying the paint and watered down craft glue
- few sheets of plain white paper
- plastic spoon
- Krylon Matte Finish Finishing Spray
Apply two coats of spray primer to each pumpkin. Make the first coat a light dusting and allow to dry thoroughly. Make the second coat a heavier coating and allow to dry thoroughly.
Technique Tip: Spread all of the pumpkins on some newspaper and apply the spray primer on as much of each pumpkin as you can reach. Let this dry. Then turn the pumpkins over and do the same thing. You may have to turn the pumpkins over a third time to get any areas that were missed.
Apply two coats of Martha Stewart Linen Vintage Décor Paint with a paint brush. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly.
Tip: Wear plastic gloves during this step so your hands do not get completely covered with paint.
Apply the copper metallic paint in the area around the stem on each pumpkin. Try to get a feathered look where the paint ends with each stroke. Then paint each stem.
Technique Tip: Make short brush strokes starting at the base of the stem and going away from the stem. Keep going around the stem in this manner till the top of the pumpkin has a copper painted accent.
Apply glue to the stem and around the stem on top of the copper metallic paint. Liberally sprinkle copper metallic tinsel glitter on top of the glued area with a plastic spoon. Shake off the excess. Allow to thoroughly dry. Follow this procedure for the rest of the pumpkins.
Technique Tip: Allow the excess tinsel glitter to fall onto a clean piece of paper. You can use the paper as a funnel to put it back in the jar so it can be used again.
Spray each pumpkin with two coats of Krylon Matte Finish finishing spray. This final step seals the tinsel glitter to the pumpkin.
Arrange on a large platter on top of faux leaves! They will also look quite pretty displayed inside a tall clear cylinder vase!
Final Comments: You will notice in the before photograph I had different sizes of faux pumpkins. I decided just to use the smaller similar sized ones because the larger ones looked awful after they were painted white and accented with copper metallic paint.
In terms of difficulty I would rate this “Make White Painted Copper Accented Faux Pumpkins” super easy! It would make a great project to do with children whether you are a parent or grandparent!
Your Turn: Are you going to add faux pumpkins to your things to keep an eye out for in the thrift store or dollar store? What colours would you use to give your faux pumpkins a makeover?
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Here are some other pumpkin projects I have made and shared on Time With Thea. You just might see some metallic copper or rust colours in these ones too!
Have an inspired day!