Bringing Autumn to your kitchen doesn’t need to mean garish orange pumpkins and garlands of rusty leaves- if you’re feeling creative, check out our painted pumpkins craft idea and create your own elegant decorations to suit your kitchen style.
Painted pumpkins are a great way to bring a touch of the season to your home decor, without the effort of carving or the expense of buying extravagant autumnal pieces. They can be arranged on your work surfaces, can create an eye-catching window display, or can make a seasonal centrepiece for your dining table.
You will need:
• A selection of pumpkins in different shapes and sizes, depending on your plan. These can be bought from most local supermarkets or greengrocers.
• Acrylic paints in your chosen colours. These can be found in most craft sections.
• A selection of small to medium paintbrushes and small sponges.
• A glass, cup or plastic cup for each pumpkin (disposable cups are great for this as they will most likely get paint on them)
• A plate or paper plate to act as a paint palette
• A craft sealant (optional). Available from most craft stores.
First, clean your pumpkins with a damp cloth, paper towel or baby wipe, making sure to take away any dirt but not to damage the pumpkin skin.
Take care not to get the pumpkin stem wet as this can cause it to rot.
The next step is to apply a sealant (optional) to the surface of the pumpkin. This can help your chosen coloured paint to adhere to the pumpkin.
Once sealed, allow this to dry thoroughly before applying your paint.
Assign your colours and pattern plans to each pumpkin, then choose which brushes/sponges will be best for the size of your pumpkin.
Place each pumpkin on a flat surface, on top of an upside-down cup. This will mean you don’t have to try to paint whilst holding the pumpkin and risk ruining your masterpiece! This should allow you to paint as much of the bottom of the pumpkin as is required, but if not, wait until the top of your pumpkin is dry, then flip your cup and place the pumpkin on it upside-down to paint what you missed.
To hide unnatural brush strokes once painted, dab the surface of the pumpkin lightly with a sponge to create a textured effect.
Depending on the thickness of your acrylic paint, and the colour you have chosen, each pumpkin may need a couple of coats. Also, take care to paint the grooves of the pumpkin to make sure no orange is showing and to help keep the natural shape.
Allow each coat to dry before painting the next.
Tip: To create polka dots as we have, use a cotton bud or the end of your paint brush.
Once your pumpkins have completely dried, apply a light layer of sealant over your painted areas. This should help to prevent your decorations getting scratched easily and will help to make your pumpkin look fresh for longer.
Once dry, it’s time to find a place for your pumpkins. Arrange on a worktop, show them off to the neighbours in an Autumn window display, or create a rustic table centrepiece for your Halloween gatherings. Whatever you choose to do, the pumpkins will bring a season flair to your space.
If you try this craft for yourself, we’d love to see your photos over on social media.
Looking to bring new life to the heart of your home this Autumn? Check out our full range of kitchens here.
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