Happy almost fall, friends! I can’t believe it is nearly here! I just love September. The weather is finally cooler, and decorating for fall is my favorite! I thought this year I would try something new with my fall decorations. I decided to do a little decorative painting on paper mache pumpkins. I just love how this DIY pumpkin decor turned out!
Because my living room is decorated in shades of blues and greens, I went with a cooler color pallete. You can use this same technique with whatever colors you want! A traditional fall color palette of oranges and reds would look great too!
Painted DIY Pumpkin Decor Supplies:
- Darice Paper Mache Pumkins
- White Chalk Paint
- Craft Paint (in your choice of colors)
- Darice Paint Brushes
To get started with your DIY pumpkin decor, first base coat your pumpkins in white paint. I used chalk paint as the flat finish makes it a great primer, and it dries very quickly.
Using a small paint brush, load the paint brush with one of your palette colors. Then dip it in a secondary color, and place a brush stroke on your pumpkin. Repeat this process several times to create a leaf or flower.
There is no right or wrong way to do this technique, and it may help to first practice on paper.
By dipping your paint in different colors each time you get a really fun whimsical look to your leaves.
Once my paint was dry, I went back with the tip of my paintbrush and dotted a few of the leaves for variety. If you look up close, my painting certainly isn’t perfect. That’s what I love about this technique, it’s really hard to do it wrong!
You could also use different sized pumpkins, and not do them all the same. My DIY pumpkin decor will eventually go on my mantle. I liked the look of them all being the same size since they will be displayed with other decor.
To see how they look on my mantle, be sure to check out my blog HERE! Happy fall crafting!
If you’re looking for other ideas on how to decorate paper mache pumpkins, check out our glittered pumpkin DIY tutorial.
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Natalie is a wife and mom to four fabulous children. Well, except the last one. She’s a bit of a stinker. Natalie is a full time crafter, thrifter, blogger, photographer and creator of Natalme.com. She has a studio in her home where she likes to hide from her children and watch Netflix on her iPad. I have done everything from being a power seller on eBay, to selling handmade goods and upcycled furniture at local boutiques and art fairs. In her free time, she volunteers for the Circle of Love Foundation and the Special Needs Youth Athletic Foundation, all in hopes of one day being forgiven for her constant use of profanity.