DIY Pumpkin Masterpieces

Who does’t love shiny objects, especially gold dipped DIY pumpkin shiny objects at this time of year?  I recently started following this awesome DIY blog called Homey Oh My.  The big thing I like about her stuff is that her DIY projects are all quite easy, simple and attainable without causing headaches or breaking the bank.  I was inspired by one of her fall projects and decided to integrate part of it into my own idea. With Thanksgiving around the corner, this was an opportune time to make some fun and trendy pieces.  This past weekend I headed back home for a family visit. My mom deserved a hostess with the mostest type gift, so I decided to make her a mini fall pumpkin and Thanksgiving masterpiece.

How Does One Make a Gold Dipped Pumpkin?

The first step to the project was to find pumpkins and/or mini pumpkins (gourds if you will). I originally started off with a couple of orange mini pumpkins from a nearby grocery store and paid $1.50 for one. If you can find a country market in the rural parts of town, chances are you won’t be paying an arm and a leg for them.  En route to visit my bratty pony one evening, I stopped by Rideau Pines Farm and bought 10 white and orange pumpkins for a grand total of $2.50. What a steal!

 

I couldn't pick just one mini pumpkin!
I couldn’t pick just one mini pumpkin!


Next, you will need some spray paint, painters tape, and a well ventilated area. The spray paint I used was the same one that Homey Oh My used.  It applied evenly, and dried quickly. Pick it up at your local Wal-Mart or Home Depot.

 

The main supplies that you will need to make the DIY pumpkins shiny!
The main supplies that you will need to make the DIY pumpkins shiny!

Using painters tape, section off the top half of the mini pumpkin. I would recommend taping off the stem too, so it doesn’t get any back splash from the spraying.  Also, ensure that the tape is fully pressed down along the bottom, so that a clean edge is achieved between the painted part and the non-painted part of the pumpkin. When it’s time to start painting, make sure it is done in a well ventilated area (preferably outside) so you don’t inhale the stuff. It’s probably a good idea not to spray paint favourite life artifacts (family photos with a touch of gold spray paint may not go over well with mom).  If you can, spray 2 coats, and give a solid 12 hours in between sprays.

 

Painter's Tape is a Must for this Project
Painter’s Tape is a Must for this Project


And then the big reveal! I always get this euphoric rush of excitement near the end of a DIY project to see if I achieved the desired results. To be honest, I have had some misses and disappointments in the past.  This project was not one of them ;).

The DIY Pumpkin Family! (if you notice, I got a little carried away and spray painted an entire pumpkin gold...I'd like to thank Kanye West for the inspiration).
The DIY Pumpkin Family! (if you notice, I got a little carried away and spray painted an entire pumpkin gold…I’d like to thank Kanye West for the inspiration).

 

The finished DIY Pumpkins with a tealight give off the perfect Autumn glow.
The finished DIY Pumpkins with a tealight give off the perfect Autumn glow.

 

Give this project a try, or tell me what your variations are. Good luck, I am sure they will be lovely.

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