I dropped into Michael’s craft store to pick up one small thing the other day and walked out with a variety of cream pumpkins and gold paint. I’ve had my fair share of Pinterest fails, which included lots of time and money wasted, but this isn’t one of them. This cream and gold monogrammed pumpkin makeover is almost foolproof….umm, I did it after all so that means you can too!
Hey friends! Y’all got a minute? How about 5? That’s all you’re gonna need for this quick and easy gold and cream monogrammed pumpkin makeover.
I have to admit I’m not the craftiest girl, but every year around Halloween I decide that I’m Martha Stewart’s twin sister and I believe I can make anything. I’ll find some awesome project on Pinterest and then write out a mile long supply list before heading off to Michael’s.
With excitement and anticipation thrumming through my veins, I’ll walk up and down each aisle, gathering every single item on the list, all the while knowing, just knowing!, I’m about to make the most special craft ever.
I’ll stand in line, tapping my foot, dreaming about how awesomely wonderful this craft will turn out even though the last ten crafts didn’t turn out so well.
I’ll gladly pay the $86.43 for the supplies, although buying the already made item would have cost me less than $25 bucks. The difference? My craft will be made with love so I know the extra money spent will be worth it!
How many times have I gone through this exact scenario? Too many to count, but today’s cream and gold monogrammed dry brushed pumpkins is almost foolproof…umm, I did it after all which means you can, too!
So let’s move onto the details…
Cream and Gold Monogrammed Pumpkin
Large cream pumpkin (I used a 9″ pumpkin)
Martha Stewart Crafts Rose Copper Metallic acrylic paint
Martha Stewart Crafts Gold Metallic acrylic paint
1 inch flat craft paint brush
small flat craft paint brush (or gold paint pen for monogram)
wet paper towel
dry paper towel
a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper
I picked up a 9″ cream pumpkin from Michael’s craft store for half price. If you prefer, you can paint an old pumpkin cream and then let it dry before moving onto the next steps.
Here is what my pumpkin started out looking like:
I like the neutral color but as you can see it’s rather flat, one-dimensional, and obviously fake. The stem however does have a more realistic look to it than does the rest of the pumpkin so I left it as it was.
In order to fix this flat, one-dimensional look, I used a combination of Martha Stewart Crafts Gold Metallic and Rose Copper Metallic acrylic paint and a one inch flat craft brush.
The How To’s:
Tear off a large sheet of wax paper to use as your drop cloth/working surface. At the time I had a drop cloth on my kitchen table for a different project I was working so I stole a section of that for additional work space.
Squirt a fair size of each color directly onto the wax paper. I had started out by putting the paint in separate Dixie cups, but this step really isn’t necessary. When I ran out of paint, I just squirted directly onto the wax paper and found this easier to work with.
Have a wet paper towel and a dry paper towel handy in case you get a little heavy handed with the dry brushing and need to remove some paint before it dries.
From here on out it will be your choice on how you want your pumpkin to look. I chose Martha Stewart’s Gold Metallic paint to be my primary dry brush color with the Rose Copper Metallic paint as a “high lighter”.
Dip your one inch brush into the gold metallic paint and then wipe most of that paint off on the wax paper or dry paper towel. You only want a smidge of paint on your brush. Remember you are not “painting” the pumpkin. You are simply highlighting it.
Hold the pumpkin by its stem and lightly brush the paint down the contours of the pumpkin until you reach the bottom side.
Remember nature isn’t perfect and dry brushed pumpkins shouldn’t be either. Some areas should have a little heavier dry brushing than other areas to give it a more natural look.
For some areas I dipped my brush in the Gold Metallic paint, dabbed a little bit of it off and then dipped it into the Rose Copper Metallic paint, dabbed a bit of it off and then dry brushed the combination on.
Now it’s time to add a few more highlights. This time you’ll be using Rose Copper Metallic paint and you’ll only apply it here and there randomly to give it another dimension of depth and color. <—-How do you like that for being specific??? Honestly, this project is personal preference and there’s not a right or wrong way to do it, so just go for it!
For areas where I accidentally had too much paint on my brush I simply used a slightly wet paper towel to remove the paint. If the paint has already dried and the wet paper towel doesn’t remove it, then I would try rubbing alcohol.
You can leave the pumpkins as they are or move onto the next step and add a monogram.
For the monogram, I used the Gold Metallic paint and a small flat craft brush. For more control (and to make it easier) you might try a gold metallic “paint pen” which can be found at Michael’s. I simply free handed the letter “E” but you could use a stencil.
I plopped my monogrammed pumpkin into a vintage enamelware bowl filled with cinnamon scented pine cones and added a fun hand painted sign from my friend Casey at My Red Shed.
Let me know if you would like a video tutorial on the dry brushing and I’ll be happy to make you one!
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