How To Projects
Create Your own teal pumpkin in support
of FARE®’s Teal Pumpkin Project™! Learn More
An easy craft for decorative or real pumpkins!
- Your Choice of Pumpkin
- Ceramcoat® Paint: White, Mermaid Blue, Sea Foam Blue, Blue Velvet, Metallic 14K Gold
- Glamour Dust Glitter Paint
- Printable Pattern
- Brushes and Sponges
There is no one right or wrong way to go about painting your pumpkin. Have fun and just play with different techniques and applications! The best part about painting pumpkins is that if there are any mistakes you can just paint over it.
We chose to focus on simple but beautifully painted pumpkins for this season. This walk through could be a direct guide or inspiration.
Let's get started!
Prime your pumpkin with white paint.
This gives you a blank canvas to start with!
For the first pumpkin:
I used Mermaid Blue paint to start, coating the entire pumpkin. It didn't need more than one coat, but you could always do another layer for good measure.
Then, I watered down Sea Foam Blue paint and applied it to the tops of the ridges. I then quickly blended out the edges with the foam brush.
Lastly, I brought back in the shadows of the indentions by lightly adding diluted Blue Velvet paint. Afterwards I used the excess paint on my brush by dabbing it on the pumpkin for added texture.
For the stem, I started with a layer of Toffee Brown. Once it dried, I added Metallic 14K Gold paint with a dry brush. It's ok if this looks a little messy, more texture looks nice on the stem. After everything was dry, I did a light layer of glitter paint to create a sheen.
For the second pumpkin:
I mixed Mermaid Blue with Caribbean Blue and did one even coat to cover the entire pumpkin.
Now, you could use our printable pattern or create your own jack-o'-lantern face!
I painted mine on using the Blue Velvet and did my little highlight lines with Caribbean Blue.
For it's stem I used the Blue Velvet and then went over it with some of the Caribbean Blue on the ridges as a finishing touch.
If you like the matte finish, stop here. If you want a glossier finish, you can use a gloss spray paint or use the glitter paint as suggested on the first pumpkin.
and Voila! Make sure to share your creations with us :)
'Tis the season for a fun project!
Mixed media is the perfect way to let loose, relax and make something that you'll love. Here are a couple of guidelines for those of you who are new to the ever expanding realm of mixed media. So, cozy up and let's get started!
Mixed media projects are all about spontaneity! Don't sweat the small stuff. That moment you dropped your brush smack dab in the middle of the canvas could end up being your favorite spot. Relax and rest assured that you can't make a mistake. If you don't like something just add another layer!
Texture is your new best friend. By adding dimension with different mediums, your project takes on a whole other level of exciting. Plus, who doesn't love a little instant gratification. We are also big fans of stencils. Tape one down, grab that molding paste and Voila! You've already made a masterpiece.
Color, texture, shape - oh my! Bring on the layers. This is what makes these projects so beautiful. Piece of cake, but your end product will look like a masterpiece.
Don't forget to share your creations with us!
And most Importantly:
- 2 coordinating fabrics each 3x13"
- Coordinating thread and sewing machine
- ¾” D ring and key ring
- Press fabric in half lengthwise.
- Open fabric and fold each side to the center fold line and press, fold in half and press. Repeat with the other piece of fabric.
- Line up one fabric on top of the other with fold openings on opposite sides.
- Pin and stitch close to the edge along both sides, trim ends so they are even.
- Slide strip thru the D ring, stitch right sides together and back stitch at both ends to secure.
- Trim close to seam and flip right side out; slide the flat side of the D ring into the seam and stitch as close as possible to the D ring; go back and forth several times. Trim threads.
- Unfinished wood panel 9x15
- Painters tape or FrogTape™
- Paint brushes
- Acrylic paint in colors of your choice (4)
- Stain or craft paint (for border
- Ruler and pencil
- Pattern download
read all directions before beginning!
- Stain (or use watered down acrylic paint) and cover the entire surface including sides/edges; allow to dry.
- While waiting to dry print the pattern download and decide on your own pattern and colors to use. A blank pattern and the pattern in the sample are both available for download.
- Quilt patterns in sample: A-red, B-navy, C-gold, D-cream. Second quilt A-gold, B-cream, C-red, D-navy.
- Each wood slat is 1 ½” wide. Using a pencil and ruler use this measurement to tape a 1 ½” border allowing for 2 quilt panels inside the border. Be sure to press the tape down firmly so that paint will be less likely to bleed underneath the edges.
- Using the lightest color of choice, paint the entire 12 x 6 area and allow to dry.
- Now use a ruler to find the center and place tape down the middle so that only one 6x6 quilt panel will be worked on at a time. When the first panel is completed and dry the center tape line will be removed and placed so that the second panel (6x6”) will be ready to draw lines and paint.
- On the first panel use a ruler to draw 2 diagonal lines that will cross in the center. Draw 3 vertical lines that are 1 ½” apart. Horizontal lines are not necessary since the slats are 1 ½” wide. Continue drawing diagonal lines, with ruler, in each smaller square using the pattern print out as a guide.
- Next, tape off 1 or 2 triangles at a time and paint (optional- to speed up drying use a heat tool, but don’t get too close or paint will melt and get bubbly) Remember to press tape down firmly to reduce paint bleeding under tape. When triangle is dry remove tape and move to a new area. If paint does bleed under tape, put new piece of tape in position and touch up the edge. It will happen occasionally but not often if you go slowly and press tape firmly each time. Continue working until entire quilt panel is completed.
- Decide on colors for second quilt panel and follow the same steps.
- Ivy bowl (scalloped)
- Orange acrylic paint and paint brush
- Black felt or black paint
- Super Tacky glue or glue gun
- Green ribbon - 1 yard each of 2 or more styles
- 18 inch piece of green sequin trim
- Pattern download
- Squirt orange paint into ivy bowl. Swirl bowl back and forth to spread paint, then use paint brush to completely coat inside of bowl. Do not touch inside until completely dry.
- Print jack o'lantern face pattern and cut from felt (adjust size if necessary); glue in place with Super Tacky glue. Option: paint face with black acrylic paint. Set aside to dry.
- Tie ribbon and sequins around the top of the ivy bowl.