I was inspired by Jen’s gorgeous blue pumpkins that she created last fall and I just had to make my own! This craft is so easy and can be done in an evening. Jen has a fantastic tutorial for you as well, but I thought I’d show you how I did it.
For this project you will need:
- Dollar store pumpkins.
- Black spray paint. (I used flat $.99 spray paint from Big Lots.)
- Crackle medium.
- Acrylic paints
First, spray paint your pumpkins black. I did two light coats on each side.
When you’re finished, they’ll look like this. Be sure to flip them over and spray the undersides. Sometimes I forget to do this. LOL!
When fully dry, paint your crackle medium over your pumpkins (excluding the stems) and follow directions on bottle. I used Martha Stewart’s crackle medium which needed to fully dry before applying my paint.
Once your medium dries, mix together your paint and brush on in even, long strokes. Crackle medium isn’t very forgiving so don’t paint with many strokes. Just work quickly and evenly. The paint will crackle as it dries. I used a hair dryer to speed the process along because I have the patience of a toddler :). I also varied my paint colors for each pumpkin to add interest. On the large pumpkin, I painted some stripes of blue over the dried crackle just to set it apart a bit from the rest.
And here they are looking all blue and crackly!
Let’s pan out a bit so you can see my entire vignette. Side note…see those pillows? I actually sewed them! Yes, me…SEW! It felt weird to not use my glue gun or stitch witchery on fabric, but I learned that I can actually sew something when I feel like it. Just don’t look too closely at my seams.
And one more gratuitous picture for you! And all of you safety conscious worry warts, no need to warn me, I promise not to light the candle inside the birdcage *wink*.
So who says fall has to be orange, yellow, and red? I think it’s looking rather cute in blue! Thanks Jen for your inspiration girl!
p.s. I’m over on Tip Junkie today for her Master Class Series. I’m sharing my thoughts and advice on blogging! Come say hi.