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Make Faux Pewter Pumpkins

2 October 2012 10,077 views 10 Comments

by morena

Metallics are everywhere in home decor: mercury glass, silver and glitter are hot items. I love when I can pull off an expensive look for next to nothing! Here's a quick and easy way to make your $1 ceramic pumpkins look like they're pewter.

Project estimate:

  • Ceramic pumpkin, $1
  • White spray paint, on hand or $1 and up
  • Metallic silver spray paint, on hand or about $3
  • Black acrylic paint, on hand or $1

Total: $1 and up

Start with a ceramic pumpkin and spray paint it white to prime it. I use inexpensive, $1 paint for this step.

Once it's dry, spray on metallic silver paint. I used Krylon's version. Two light coats are plenty.

Next, brush on black crafter's paint. Don't worry about being neat, and try to work it into the creases and lines of your pumpkin.

Finally, use a cloth to wipe off the black paint gently. I like to move my cloth in a circular motion so I don't rub too much paint out of the creases.

If you're not happy with the way it looks, just wet your washcloth and rub off the black paint to start over. If you rub too much off, just add more paint and try again. You'll get the hang of it!

It doesn't look like a dollar store pumpkin any more, does it?

I think they would look great paired with a black glittery crow or skull for Halloween. Then when November rolls around, keep the pumpkins and swap out the Halloween decor with rich purple candles and accents.

How would you display your faux pewter pumpkins?

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  • Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said:

    What a cool look!

  • Michelle Cantu said:

    These are pretty, would look great in a glass bowl.

  • Julie B said:

    Love this idea. I’ve come across a bunch of ideas to make dollar store pumpkins exciting and I think this is my favorite! Going give it a try! :)

  • Mixed Kreations said:

    Oh I love these. They turned out really pretty. And no they do not look like a Dollar Store pumpkin. Now I want to go to Dollar store and get some pumpkins (-;
    I would love to find some really small pumpkins that I could do like this for earrings. They would be so cute. Thank you for sharing this wonderful project.

    Pinning and sharing!

    Linda aka Mixed Kreations

  • Karen said:

    I’ve been spray painting pumpkins lately too, I’ll have to try your tip of using the black paint to distress them, that really makes them look nice.

  • morena (author) said:

    Thank you for all the kind comments!

  • Laura @ Finding Home said:

    Morena – love this project so much – so simple and pretty. Thanks so much for sharing it at our link party. Take care, Laura

  • Linda @ it all started with paint said:

    This is such an amazing project! I’m pinning …

    Thanks so much for sharing at our spray paint link party!



  • JoAnn said:

    Love it Morena!

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