How To Paint Artificial Pumpkins. Take those store-bought faux pumpkins and make them look more natural with this simple DIY project.
November is officially here and while I’m starting to get the Christmas decor itch, I still have a few more fall posts to share with you before we get into full Christmas mode.
If you read THIS POST about my Halloween porch, you read that this year I used all faux florals and faux pumpkins for my display so that I could cut costs and reuse everything next year (except for the corn stalks).
Realistic-looking pumpkins weren’t easy to find this year without a hefty price tag so I thought I would buy cheaper ones and make them look more natural. I have lots of extra paint and paintbrushes from other projects so I was able to cut costs there. THESE PUMPKINS on Amazon are a great price if you’re more of an online shopper.
I probably should have used some sandpaper to roughen the pumpkins a bit but I decided to try it normally first and see if it worked well enough. I think they turned out pretty great without it but I may try sanding them down if I make more next year.
First, I went in with the brown paint to emphasize the grooves and crevices of the pumpkin. After drying for a few minutes, I wiped down the access paint and left a bit here and there for a shadowing effect.
As most pumpkins are dirty, I added additional paint to the top to give it more definition and that dirty look. I added a bit of teal as most pumpkins have a hit of green near the stems.
Lastly, don’t forget to add a bit of paint to your stems too!
I followed the same technique for my orange pumpkin. See how perfectly orange it is? WAY too fake looking.
Much better, don’t you think?
If you’re wanting to save costs on next year’s fall decor, try this fun DIY out for yourself!