I saw these stunning photos of different types of pumpkins arranged for fall decorating in the latest Pottery Barn catalog. I fell in love…instantly. One of the focal points were these beautiful mercury glass pumpkins…I have a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old…I try to minimize breakables around the house, especially on kid accessible surfaces! So, I decided to try to make my own faux mercury glass pumpkins after finding this incredible post on Roeshel’s DIY Showoff Blog. I had a great time spray painting them with my daughter, who got to fling the brown satin paint on them with an old paint brush, but, I could NOT get the look I wanted! And, Roeshel’s look so great! (I may attempt to make my own mercury glass again).
So, I called up my chalk paint teacher, Yoli and My Favorite Things in Crestline, CA and asked for some inspiration! She suggested I chalk paint them, of course, which I did. I LOVE them. Here is how I decorated these pumpkins with paint:
Chalk Painting Pumpkins
Note: The pumpkins I used are polystyrene foam pumpkins that I got at Michaels. With my 40% off Michaels coupon, they only cost me around $8. First, I applied 2 coats of Old Ochre chalk paint to both pumpkins.
Next I applied one coat of Versailles chalk paint to the stems.
Then it was time to apply the dark wax.
Wiping off the excess dark wax.
We also recorded some videos of dark waxing so you can really see how that technique is done:
And now, in their final places of honor, in my Fall and Thanksgiving table centerpiece (after we buffed them, of course).
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