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Oct 17, 2012

spookyDIY:
painted pumpkins galore!

halloween is quickly approaching!

are you still searching for some pumpkin-spiration?

i shared my gilded pumpkin and painted zig-zag pumpkin DIYs individually with you...now, here's a quick roundup of the rest of the painted pumpkins on our front porch!

note: start with a clean pumpkin. i wiped each pumpkin down with a slightly damp cloth, then immediately dried it. i used acrylic paint for all but the spraypainted and lil' archer's pumpkins -- he used tempera paint. all were sealed with a spraypaint clear topcoat for weather protection.

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH PUMPKINS

october is breast cancer awareness month and i definitely wanted to honor that with a couple of pink pumpkins. but, my solidly-painted pink pumpkin was lacking a little...pizzaz -- so i added polka dots!
i painted the first pumpkin hot pink, then added lime green (to tie into the rest of the pumpkins on the porch) and light pink dots freehand.

i left the second pumpkin bare, but painted hot pink and lime green dots on it.

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SPIDERWEB PUMPKIN

i painted this pumpkin white, then added the spiderweb design with a plain ol' sharpie marker. i went over the marker lines several times to get the deep, dark black.

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MULTICOLORED DOTS PUMPKIN
starting with a bare pumpkin, i painted freehand dots. i let each layer dry, then kept painting more overlapping circles, in varying colors.

fish had to forcibly stop me from continuing.

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SPRAYPAINTED PUMPKINS

i sprayed a bare, clean pumpkin with two coats of spraypaint.
done!

satin finish gave a rock-like appearance to the pumpkins, while the high gloss of lacquer finish spraypaint made the pumpkins look as if they were made of jell-o.

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TRIBAL PUMPKIN
this one is a tiger pumpkin and i was inspired by its natural variegation to paint a tribal pattern. however...i ended up covering all of its tiger-ness with my paint. oops!

i do still love how it turned out though. i wasn't concerned with being perfect -- obviously. i first painted the red-orange diamonds. next, i added the lime green border. i then outlined the borders in black...and painted the stem black as well. it was missing a little something, so i added the black dots in the middle of the diamonds. love him!

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LOPSIDED DIP PUMPKIN
i freehand painted the bottommost dark green layer first - i was trying to achieve a "dipped" look. i purposely made it crooked to add some interest. i followed with lime green and took it all the way to the top of the pumpkin and up the stem a bit. then i painted strips of dark green then lime green on the stem.

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PETITE POLKA DOTS PUMPKIN
first, i painted the pumpkin white and gold-leafed the stem. i used q-tips dipped in dark green, lime green, and several combinations of the two paints to get uniformly sized petite polka dots.

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MOSAIC PUMPKIN

i first taped off a random pattern on the bare pumpkin then painted in the shapes created by the tape borders with white, black, and lime green paint. when i peeled the tape off, it took some of the paint with it and i had to touch up the edges with a detail brush. i.e. unless you love the look, not worth the effort...


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and there you have it!

i hope these gave you some ideas for painting your own pumpkins!

* mari
nope, you're not crazy!
this post was reformatted september 2013. 




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6 comments:

  1. Holy pumpkin! I kept thinking "Ooh the breast cancer awareness ones are my favorite!" ,"Ooh, no! The dip painted one is my favorite!" Love 'em all!

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  2. thank you! i went a bit overboard, but painting pumpkins is so relaxing!

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  3. these are all so fun! i love the tribal and the multicolored dots!

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  4. Yowza - you were a pumpkin painting machine! I think my favorite is the multicolored dots! But they are all great!

    Thanks for linking to the Pumpkin Parade!

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    1. yes, painting pumpkins is oddly very therapeutic. just zone out and before you know it, a whole porchful of crazy! thanks kim! :)

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