My last article was also a DIY, but that one was about the holidays, so it’s kind of weird to talk about pumpkins now. I just tried this last minute, besides that it’s still autumn and I just really love the end result! So I had a good reason to share this even if I need to talk about Christmas now!
Step 1I thought about to make the stems gold, because for another DIY project I bought gold paint in an aerosol. I found out the paint doesn’t cover so well as I expected, because you still see the original color of the stem, but I like how it turned out. It looks a bit vintage. I did covered the whole pumpkin before I started spraying, but when the stems were dry and even the pumpkin was a little gold you can just paint over it. I did this step a few days before I started painting, but one day before is good enough.
Step 2Scrubbing the pumpkins with sandpaper. I came up with this idea when I saw the pumpkins had a lot imperfections, so I scrubbed them away with sandpaper. Be careful while doing this, because the pumpkin can leak. After that I scrubbed the pumpkin fast and quickly and made the pumpkin clean with some water.
Step 3So finally the step to start painting the pumpkin. I just used normal paint and not an aerosol, which can be maybe easier, but then I need to go outside and it’s for me too cold now. I just wanted to give it a try to see if it also works with normal paint and a brush, but like you can see: it works fine! I used three layers and it’s just cheap paint.
You can see if you look close especially with a macro lens that you see some strips from the brush, so in that case it will be better to use spray paint, but I think both are possible! I didn’t painted the underside of the pumpkin.
PS: This are not pumpkins, but another species that belongs to the squash/gourd family, but I can’t find the English word for it. These are also not possible to carve, they are way too hard from the inside, I tried, but it wasn’t possible. I also have no clue how long you can keep this I still need to find that out myself, so far they are already for 4 weeks in my home and still doesn’t look rot.