How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments

Make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments! My love of Fall + vintage-style decorations + my love of chalky finish paint = this pretty blue pumpkin!

How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments

You can use any size faux pumpkin available at craft or dollar stores. I used a large size, as this pumpkin is displayed by our fireplace.

Personalize this tutorial by using a chalky finish paint color that matches your own home decor, and then enjoy your creation throughout the Fall season!

How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments

Supplies:

  • Large-sized white craft pumpkin
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint (Vintage shade)
  • Americana Decor Creme Wax (Clear)
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Glaze (Renaissance Brown shade)
  • Paper towels
  • White rag
  • Paintbrushes
  • Waxing brush (optional)
  • Screwdriver
  • Straight Pins
  • Toothpicks
  • Faux leaves (found at Michaels)
  • Wood flower (from Michaels, which I had previously painted with Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding in Gold)

How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments!

Step One: Paint your faux pumpkin in a pretty blue color. I only needed one coat of the chalky finish paint. Let dry.

How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments

Helpful tips:

  • Keep a spot unpainted (shown above) where you can hold onto the pumpkin. Chalky finish paints dry quickly, so you won’t have to wait long to paint over this remaining spot. (I lucked out as this faux pumpkin had a hole cut out in the bottom!)
  • Use a small brush (shown below) when painting around any detail work such as the stem of the pumpkin.

How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments

Step Two: Using a small paintbrush, apply thin lines of brown glaze along several – but not all – of the vertical grooves in the pumpkin. (I just eyeballed it, rather than measuring or counting grooves.)

How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments

After you paint each line, take a paper towel and wipe off the glaze just by running your finger down the groove. The glaze will stick to the crevices and cracks, and provide a shadow effect, giving the pumpkin more dimension.

Step Three: Add some clear creme wax (A) to the leftover brown glaze and mix them together (B) with a couple of toothpicks. 

How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishmentsStep Four: Apply the wax with a waxing brush (or larger paintbrush will also work), and wipe off the wax immediately with a clean white rag. The wax gives the chalky finish paint more depth and enhances the color, while the brown glaze provides just enough tint to the texture of the pumpkin’s surface. Again, this gives the pumpkin more of a natural look.

Optional: You could also use a tinted wax, but I wanted to use up the glaze I had left over from Step Three.

How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments

Step Five: Use a straight pin to poke a small hole into the pumpkin. Move the straight pin around in a circle motion to widen the hole, then use a screwdriver to make the hole the size you need.

How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments

Some people will use a drill for this, although I find these pumpkins are usually soft enough to do this by hand.

Step Six: Take your chosen flower – I used a wooden one that I had previously gilded – and make sure it fits into your hole.

How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments

How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments
Step Seven: While the flower is in place, carefully play with different arrangements of small faux leaves coming out from underneath the flower. Remove the flower, and pin each leaf into place with a straight pin. Make sure to layer the leaves in such a way that you keep the straight pins hidden.


How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments

Once you have your arrangement of leaves the way you like, simply pop the gilded gold flower back into its hole at the top.

I added a strip of vintage lace seam binding, looped over itself a few times, and then attached it underneath the flower with a straight pin.

How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments

 Now you have a pretty blue pumpkin to enjoy all season long!


How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments

How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments

It has a bit of vintage style, don’t you think?

How to make a pretty pumpkin with layered embellishments

Now is the perfect time to decorate craft pumpkins because almost every craft store has them for at least 50% off right now!

Happy crafting!

~Laura

An older version of this tutorial first appeared on PinkWhen.com, when I was a craft contributor there. This post has been completely updated for you here!

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