DIY Faux Painted Pumpkins

DIY Faux Painted Pumpkins - How to turn those cheap plastic orange pumpkins and Artificial Mini Foam Pumpkins into stylish expensive looking decor as seen in my window display for Daisy Park

I recently shared some photos on Instagram of the pretty pastel pumpkins I hand painted for my Autumn inspired window display featuring Torie Jayne Design products at Daisy Park in South Molton, Devon. I have had a few queries on what paint I used and what were the pumpkins made of etc. So today I wanted to share with you how I made the pumpkins…

The smallest pumpkins started life as bright orange plastic pumpkins, two coats of paint using a small brush and they were transformed into pretty cute pastel pumpkins. The larger pumpkins which came in a variety of sizes started life as white foam pumpkins, likewise a couple of coats of paint and I am in love with these rose gold stemmed pretty pastel pumpkins.

For the main body of the pumpkins I used tester pots of matt emulsion paint which I had custom coloured to match the opal blue, cloud pink, silver grey and blue haze colours of my latest homeware range. For the stems I used Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-surface Metallic acrylic paint in Rose Chrome.

Tips: The smallest pumpkins had stems that could easily be removed and inserted back in easily, so to make life easier I painted the stems and the pumpkins separately. The large pumpkins had stems that were not removable so I used a very small paint brush and carefully painted the edges of the stems where they met the pumpkins.

You will need:

  • Plastic or foam pumpkins
  • Martha Stewart Multi-surface Metallic acrylic paint in Rose Chrome
  • Tester pots of matt emulsion paint in desired colour
  1. Start by making sure your pumpkins are clean and dry 
  2. Using a small paint brush apply a coat of matt emulsion paint to the main body of the pumpkins, leave to dry.
  3. Once the first coat is completely dry, apply a second coat of paint, leave to dry
  4. Using a small paint brush carefully apply two coats of paint to the stems of your pumpkins. allowing the paint to dry inbetween coats.

Photos by Torie Jayne

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