Monday, October 17, 2011

Celebrations: gold pumpkins


I had several names in mind for this post; “accidental gold pumpkins”, “craft fail gold pumpkins”, “jumping on the painted pumpkin band wagon” and more. I decided to keep it simple and go with Gold Pumpkins.


Originally, these pumpkins were going to be blue with gold stencil. I think I’ve mentioned that I’m “stencil challenged” and I wanted to stencil with gold paint using a doily onto the blue pumpkins.


I stenciled away but the result was blah. The gold didn’t stand out enough and it was all smudgey. I stared at them for awhile and went with Plan B. For awhile I’ve been toying with the idea of using spices to add color to a project. 


I grabbed a bottle of cinnamon, paprika and turmeric. Perfect fall colors. I covered the pumpkin in Mod Podge and started sprinkling cinnamon. I had imagined a perfectly flocked pumpkin coated in cinnamon. Instead I had a big mess. 


Plan C – wash off the Mod Podge and cinnamon and salvage my dollar store pumpkins. As I washed the pumpkins, they started getting mottled so I stopped washing, stood back and thought, I could live with this pumpkin. You can still see the texture of the spice in the above photo.


I painted a few dollar store gourds and nuts in metallic paint to coordinate with the pumpkins.


I pulled out my skeleton gilded leaves that I made a while back to really gild the lily.
Phew – I’m so glad I saved my dollar store pumpkins. 



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17 comments:

  1. These came out great! I love the blue & gold together!

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  2. Carolyn, THIS is what I call a HAPPY ACCIDENT! The entire array is so lovely! I'm very tempted to try some of these! (I HAD promised myself no more pumpkins. You see, Autumn makes me a bit crazy because I just love it so much, and I tend to overstock things like pumpkins, straw, acorns ... you get the idea! LOL!) But THESE pumpkins - well, honestly! How can I possibly resist?

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  3. These are sooo pretty. Love your photos of them too.
    jennifer

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  4. Half of what I do is an accident. The accidents are what seem to come out the best! Very cool pumpkins!

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  5. Now that is a happy accident, because they are perfection!!
    Love em'.
    If I TRIED, I couldn't get some to turn out like this ;)

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  6. I really like the way they turned out! Sometimes a fail can end up being a win! Definitely going to have to try using spices in some crafting next month....if you saw my spice cabinet, you’d agree!

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  7. These really turned out great!
    Hugs,
    Vanessa

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  8. These are gorgeous - love how you "accidentally" made them!

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  9. I'm jumping on your Pumpkin Band Wagon!! Love the effects you came up with. Totally elegant.
    Don't you love it when a plan comes together?
    Enjoy the week. Alwayss a fun stop

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  10. Love the gold! And the gilded leaves are amazing.

    suzy

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  11. I'd call this a happy accident! (new follower here!)

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  12. They look fantastic - way better than pumpkin soup!

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  13. nice job Carloyn! I have featured these on CG :) http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/gold-pumpkins/

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  14. Um, where's the fail exactly? GORGEOUS!!!

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  15. Hi there, I just love your pumpkins, they are adorable. Somehow the gold makes them look so rich. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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  16. Very precious! I love your pumpkins. They can be good decoration for gold parties.

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