DIY Painted Pumpkins


Want blue/green pumpkins but hate to spend the bank?



You can change your old ones as easy as ABC.


I started with some craft paint. 
Celery green was my base color for this pumpkin


I just painted one quick coat with a foam brush.


It's ok if your orange shows...

We will paint layers and orange is good ;)


Between layers I hang them to dry like this..


After my first coat dried, I used slate green.

You can get real creative with your colors.

I tried to stay with colors close to my decor.


This time instead of using a foam brush I used this round blotter.

I'm sure it has a fancy name but I have no idea... ;)

Just a tip...before you blot your pumpkin, blot it a few times on a paper plate.

This will give it a more realistic look.


I left the cracks of the pumpkins the darker shade for some contrast :)


See how a little orange showing through looks nautral?


Have fun with it!


On a few I even added a little grey/black.


You may want to visit your local farmers market or google pumpkin varieties to get some color ideas.


For shiny pumpkins, I sprayed on a little clear coat.
You can find this in the spray paint isle.


This was such a fun project!

Just think of the possibilities....

Have fun!

susie~
The Lettered Cottage

35 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great instructions! I love the colors! your mantel looks great!

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  2. A great wat to reuse your pumpkins. I hate to buy the new pumpkin colors when I have so many in orange.
    This would be a way to change things up! Good tips!

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  3. Thanks, I'm going to try it! Yours look so good!!

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  4. Hi Susie! Thanks for sharing your techniques. You are so talented! I just enjoy visiting your site. Many blessings to you!

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  5. I love how they turned out! Great suggestion to layer the colors! The mantel looks lovely!

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  6. Wow I love them....your mantle is gorgeous!

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  7. Love your pumpkins, especially the gray one. What wonderful ideas.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  8. Lovely! Grey is one of my favorite colors!

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  9. I love this! What a fun way to bring natural colors and seasonal decor together!

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  10. Fun and they are so cute!!

    Deborah xo

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  11. Wish I had seen this before I spent $150 plus $15 tax on three of the blue green ones for my dining tabel! Well I will save this post for future use. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Looks like painting pumpkins is now on my agenda! Great idea!

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  13. Great. Now I have to go buy more pumpkins. Love it, Susie!

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  14. Great idea. I'm definitely going to try this one. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  15. Hi, First time visitor and I love your blog. Great fall project, don't you just love the white and gray/green pumpkins? Yes you are so right they are high. You did a wonderful job I may have to paint a couple I have. Your mantel looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
    Drop by my blog I am celebrating my 100th follower with a giveaway.
    Kathy

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  16. oh my gosh! They look amazing!! LOVE the grayish blue shiny one.

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  17. I love it! never would have thought to do that on my own. Thanks

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  18. Very pretty- I love the way the colors work together with your wreath!

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  19. I just did that to some little dollar store pumpkins today and added some transluscent glitter. I love your big ones! I'm following. Cute blog.♥

    Linsey
    http://farmhouseporch.blogspot.com/

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  20. Susie I adore the color palette you chose for your pumpkins, they are beautiful!! A nice assortment.

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  21. I just found your blog at the Lettered Cottage Fall linkup. Your painted pumpkins look great on your mantel. I've painted 2 pumpkins this year. I'm so glad I saw your technique because I want to do a blue/green one. Thanks for your great instructions.

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  22. Wow all of your pumpkins are gorgeous! I just love the colours you chose, especially your dark grey ones! So pretty!
    Jo-Anna

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  23. I love how these look all grouped together! And the colors are so great - it's nice to have the fall feel without having to be black & orange Halloween theme-y.

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  24. Great idea - your mantle looks fab!

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  25. Who would have though gray pumpkins would be so pretty! Thanks for sharing!
    Visiting from The Lettered Cottage,
    ~Kelly @ Corner of Main

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  26. Your mantle is gorgeous. I love your painted pumpkins, such a clever idea!!

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  27. Dollar Store, here I come! These are beautiful.

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  28. GREAT WORK :) ..I'VE BEEN PAINTING THESE FOR YEARS..WITH DESIGNS AND SUCH ALSO..IT'S SO MUCH BETTER TO BUY THESE AFTER HALLOWEEN WHEN THEY GO ON CLEARANCE THAN TO BUY REAL PUMPKINS AT THE MARK UP PRICE.AND THESE ARE WAY CUTER!!

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  29. Loving this little pumpkin and the simplicity of putting it together!

    Marlene
    Visit my site for Leviton Manufacturing

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