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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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