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. 

Thank you for visiting.
I hope you can join me tomorrow for the Inspiration Board Link Party.

This project is linked at the parties listed here and 

UndertheTableandDreaming Childmade Tip Junkie handmade projects   Tickled Pink at 504 Main


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

  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?

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

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

  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 ;)

  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!

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

  8. 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

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


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

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

  12. nice job Carloyn! I have featured these on CG :)

  13. 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

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


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