Smashing Pumpkins!

Give your gourds a lasting glow for fall and winter holidays.

Depending on how they're used, silver and gold pumpkins can add a touch of elegance to fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's decorating displays. 

Photo by: Image courtesy of Danny Flanders

Image courtesy of Danny Flanders

Depending on how they're used, silver and gold pumpkins can add a touch of elegance to fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's decorating displays. 

How can something as simple as a pumpkin look so great from September through Thanksgiving, then the next day seem so “yesterday” as you’re hauling in that holiday tree? If only there were a way to integrate pumpkins and gourds into Christmas displays while still paying homage to their harvest heritage.

Well, yes, Virginia, there is.

Think silver and gold. No, not as in the holiday song but in that trusty can of spray paint. Painting pumpkins is one of the easiest holiday crafts you can tackl. And the result is an elegant touch to a tabletop or porch display, be it at Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s.

It’s not only a quick-and-simple decorating idea but also one that won’t cost you and arm and a leg, especially during what can be an expensive holiday season.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pumpkins and/or gourds
  • Masking tape
  • Drop cloth
  • White spray primer
  • Bright gloss gold spray paint
  • Bright gloss silver spray paint

Step 1: Wipe down the pumpkins, removing any soil or dust.

Step 2: Using masking tape, wrap the stem so that it is concealed from the paint (Leaving the stem natural makes the painted pumpkin look more real).

Step 3: Spray the pumpkin with a coat of primer.

Step 4: Once dry, spray paint the pumpkin either silver or gold. Apply a second coat if needed.

Step 5:  Once dry, remove the masking tape from the stem.

Step 6:  Arrange both silver and gold pumpkins in odd-numbered groups of three, five etc.  Experiment with displays, such as adding corn husks, live greenery and winter berries, depending on which holiday you want to emphasize.

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