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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