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Fast Easy and Stunningly Beautiful DIY Gilded Fall Pumpkins

Fall, Decorating, Crafts, ThanksgivingApril Atwater
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"It's Autumn time, it's autumn time the leaves are falling down." We have a sweet and easy gilded pumpkin centerpiece perfect for a mantel or tabletop. It really is simple. It takes about 20-minutes to create and dries in an hour. The kids are calling them our magical mystical fairy pumpkins because of the gold gilding, glow in the dark details and painted gold and copper rivets.

We like using the metallic dimensional paint to add studs rather than the real copper studs because our pumpkins last so much longer without piercing the skin.

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Decorating Gilded Fall Pumpkins DIY Decor


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  • Wash all pumpkins and dry thoroughly.
  • Using the gold colored paint brush a thin layer of gold over the ridges, warts, and stems of each pumpkin. The wartier the better. The gold paint looks so pretty on these seemingly ugly parts of the pumpkin as they turn gold. 
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  • Paint dots of the beads in a bottle paint along the ridge line of your pumpkins. On our small white pumpkin, we used the copper metallic paint down all the ridge lines. For the medium orange pumpkin, we dotted every other ridge line and put a solid line of the sandstone glitter paint on the other ridgelines. 
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  • Allow pumpkins to dry of 1 hour
  • Brush glow in the dark paint over areas of the pumpkins you would like to glow when the lights are off. We brushed highlights with the glow in the dark paint over the ridges of each pumpkin. The paint drys translucent so it is almost clear. 
  • Arrange on your table, mantel or your other favorite place to decorate for the holidays.
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Simply Awesome Halloween Party Ideas for Adults

Fall, Halloween, PartyApril Atwater
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With Gothic and Victorian-inspired movies such as Crimson Peak and The Last Witch Hunter out in theaters this season I am looking for the beautiful dark and eerie party with masks, torn black lace and things to make entice your mature partygoers.

Above Brittany and her talented team at The House that Lars Built has some wonderfully spooky ideas for decorating for Halloween. How more than adding some foraged fall flora and fruits with a skull to Machiavellian feel to your party.

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Gather bottles of sizes and top them with tall taper candles and scatter them down the center of your table. The more the better. So very Victorian. Even a few candelabras, if you have them, would be perfect. Now turn off all the lights and enjoy the evening by candlelight. Style Me Pretty has more ideas in their Halloween Party post.


A fun tradition for Halloween just like Christmas decorating gingerbread houses why not decorate sugar skulls with candy and frosting like this party posted by Camille Styles.


Blue and green used to mean that a liquid is a poison. I remember my grandma asking why would they make a drink colored blue when she was little it meant poison. Eden at Sugar and Charm put together a blue Halloween Cocktail Bar on a budget.

Happy Halloween!

Beautiful & Inspiring Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Home

Decor, Decorating, Fall, ThanksgivingApril Atwater

Find more Fall Decorating Inspiration and Ideas on our Pinterest Board

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Next week is the first day of October and I have finally accepted with a pumpkin spice latte in hand that fall is here.  I am in full fall decorating mode. Do you like to change up your house decor with the seasons? While looking around I found so sweet inspiration in fall arrangements. I am leaning towards keeping the Autumn decorations simple muted colors with a bit of rich cranberries and oranges as accent colors.

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In this fall centerpiece, I love that Elizabeth Anne used a Cinderella pumpkin rather than the typical bright orange pumpkin.

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Looking at this beautiful table scape from On My Hand & Greta Kenyon I love how they incorporated the food into the decor. It's the trio of pears accented with a bunch of sage absolutely charming. The colors are perfect for fall and so pretty.


I love how my friend Michael from Inspired by Charm took some grocery store flowers and some leaves from his trees to add beautiful bits of fall around his house.

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Julie from always with butter simply took some fall colored roses and placed them in a little vase on her table. Added a touch of fall doesn't have to cost a lot. It can be found and foraged.


Poppies & Posies has added full branches to their autumn arrangement for a Thanksgiving table. These colors with the muted tones and rich accents that I am incorporating into my fall decor today.


Find more Fall Decorating Inspiration and Ideas on our Pinterest Board