I’ve been loving all the fall tours going on blog land. The thing about fall is it tends to be a very traditional country sort of season for decor which leaves people who are not so country-ish wonder how to decorate. Anu from Nalle’s House is back today to show us one way to put a Mod flair on this traditional season. Take it away Anu…
Now that fall is officially here I have been in the mood for fall crafting. I love to use pumpkins when I decorate. I even use them as photo props for my boys’ yearly photos. This year I thought it would be fun to paint some pumpkins to match my love for modern style. So what I came up with were a couple of dipped pumpkins, an arrows pumpkin and a bit of an ombre/gradient pumpkin. These pumpkins would be great as a centerpiece on a dining table or even up on a mantel. This craft is super easy and would be really fun to do with the kids. My almost 3 year-old loved painting his own pumpkin.
I enlisted my boys to help me take photos of the pumpkins and let you see them in detail. 🙂
Here’s how I painted the four pumpkins I had (a mini pumpkin, 2 gourds and a pie pumpkin). I found all of them at my local grocery store, but I also spotted some beautiful gourds at our local farmers market.
I taped an asymmetrical line around the pumpkin with painter’s tape. Then I painted the half above or below your taped line with craft paint. Because of all the grooves and bumps on the pumpkin, I had a little bleeding of the paint. I simply took a fine tip artist’s brush and smoothed out the line by hand.
I used elastic bands to evenly space my stripes and painted in between the bands with three different colors of craft paint. I then carefully removed the elastic bands and filled in the lines that were left behind with paint by hand. The elastic bands helped to guide the spacing of the stripes and to get a more even line all the way around.
Using the natural lines/grooves of the pumpkin, I painted vertical lines from the top to the bottom. I then painted the arrows alternating their direction with each stripe.
I love how these pumpkins turned out and that they are a little bit modern. I am planning to use them as decor for my sons’ joint fall fox party.
Happy pumpkin painting!
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