Each year as Halloween approaches I look forward to bringing home mini pumpkins from the market to display around our home. I prefer the white, or what are known as “ghost” pumpkins, since they’re a blank canvas, neutral for decorating and so incredibly chic! Although too much white is never a bad thing in my opinion, when I see a blank canvas, it’s in my nature to elevate it. As such, I’ve given mini pumpkins (which included a few orange) a fresh coat of paint for an added touch of glam to create painted mini pumpkin centerpieces.
PAINTED MINI PUMPKIN CENTERPIECES
Aside from white, when I think of glam and opulence, black and gold come to mind. Both are elegant, and timeless with major posh factor and look gorgeous when styled for parties, in fashion and for the home. These are the thoughts I had on my mind while painting the pumpkins and I hope you love them too.
In addition to making table centerpieces look posh and parties stylish, the black and gold painted pumpkins easily transform into miniature vases and centerpieces to hold your favorite blooms!
I just happened to have a vase of white roses on hand, so I stuffed each mini pumpkin with one single stem. I just love how they stand out in contrast to the black and gold.
You’ll love how easy these pumpkins are to make! Aside from paint drying time, the pumpkin vases only take a short period of time to prep and finish! Here’s what you’ll need to give them a try:
- Mini pumpkins. White or orange will do (white will work better for the gold paint, but orange will be fine for black).
- Black & gold craft paint (gloss preferred). I actually used leftover chalkboard paint that I had and it worked just fine.
- White roses or flowers of choice.
- Sharp Knife
- 2 paint brushes (one for each color of paint).
- Newspaper or scrap paper to paint on.
- Small palette for paint.
Rinse all pumpkins and pat completely dry with a paper towel.
Using a large sharp knife, cut the top off of the pumpkins starting at about 1 inch down (try to make sure the cut is even so the top can fit back on the pumpkin properly).
Using a small spoon, scoop out the interior of the pumpkin and discard.
Begin painting the exterior of each pumpkin in the color of your choice.
Paint everything including the stem and the flat surface of the bottom half of the pumpkin. (You won't need to paint the bottom half of the top of the pumpkin since it won't be seen.)
You'll have to apply about 3 coats of each color of paint, allowing at least 30 minutes to an hour to dry in between, + touch ups. This part takes the longest.
Once the paint completely dry, you can fill each pumpkin with a small amount of water if you plan on using them for miniature vases.
Cut the stem of each rose bloom down to about 1 inch and place the bloom into the mini pumpkin. Depending on the size of your flowers, you may need to use more than one bloom. Allow roses 1-2 days to completely open up.
Keep in mind that once you cut open the pumpkins they will only stay fresh for a few days. I reccommend making them only 2 days max before an event.
Once you’ve completed this fun project the painted pumpkins are ready to display!
They will keep up to 5 days.
I can already envision these painted pumpkins at my next celebration and I hope you can too. They’d make chic fall themed wedding related decor or place card holders. Elegant, posh and affordable.
Try making these over the weekend since Halloween is only 1 week out! I enjoyed every moment of decorating with these and I hope you do too!
Much more to share soon.
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