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Gettin’ my craft on: Pearly Pumpkin

October 28, 2010  —  Written by Julia 

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Most of the blogs I follow are people I actually know.  The one MAJOR exception is these guys.  They are all about DIYing and really chic, simple and clean looking decor.  I am not a crafty person, per se–I leave that up to my sister, Krissy.  I have always stuck to a canvas and gettin’ my art on in that way.  But after I saw this idea for a seriously cool pumpkin over on YoungHouseLove, I had to have it for my decor.  From start to finish, it only took about 30 minutes, not including drying time.

1.  Start with a clean pumpkin.  I picked up this guy at Walmart for $2.50 and cleaned off all the dirt with a wet paper towel.
2.  While at Walmart, I also picked up some $.97 flat, white spray paint.  (At home, I had the more expensive spray paint, but the cheaper stuff dries faster and that really helped it not drip down this round pumpkin.)  I kept the can moving, applying several thin coats. You definitely want to do this outside or in a very ventilated area.
3.  Like I said, the cheap “Color Place” stuff dries in no time, especially when spray painting outside.  I still let it sit out there for about an hour, just to be sure.  Now is the fun part, puffy paint!  Who doesn’t love puffy paint?  Well, let’s be honest–it can look “bad crafty” if you’re not careful.  Stick to white on this one and you won’t even enter the “bad craft” zone.  I chose to follow the natural lines in the pumpkin, dotting my way a long.  You can do whatever design you want.  Maybe you’re more of the monogram type, or zig-zags a la Charlie Brown’s shirt.  Whatever you do, I suggest dotting your way through for a chic pearly effect.
4.  I let the puffy paint dry for a few hours, and before the end of the night I had a snazzy centerpiece complete with my pearly pumpkin, honey-roasted peanuts and caramel corn, and some pussy willow branches from my mom.  Nice twist on the ol’ Halloween pumpkin, right?

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  1. I love it! I totally want to do one, but I think it may be a little late to start a Halloween project…. :)

  2. Meagan,

    That is how I saw it done, too!! But, I already had white puffy paint from Chris’s costume (stay tuned) and I had very limited time to do this project because Greta’s naps aren’t everlasting like they used to be. I knew the spray paint would dry faster than the puffy paint so I just opted to do it the other way, so I would be all done by the time she woke up and all it would have to do is dry.

    p.s. Chris has been putting in extra long hours. Last night, he got home at 9. I wish my mom was upstairs. Heck, I wish I HAD an upstairs. Haha. Have fun!

  3. So awesome! I’ve seen that too! I’ve seen it where she does the puff paint first so you don’t have to worry about getting the ‘right’ color and theeeeen you spray paint it. It looks SO glam and SO Julia. Love love.

    It’s a perfect center piece! O you’ll laugh at this. I woke up around 7:15am to Ryan getting dressed and I got sad because he was leaving until 6:30pm tonight. And then I shot right up in bed because I remembered that my mom is upstairs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahaha I seriously got butterflies I was so excited to hang out :-)

    Love you guys

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