I love painted pumpkins, and also anything that sparkles. I am all about these copper painted pumpkins and squash floral arrangements. Love how these are filled with lovely fall flowers.
This copper color is BEAUTIFUL! It shines in the light and brings an elegance to your fall decorations. Whether it be for the changing of the seasons, Thanksgiving or Halloween.
There is something about the act of carving a pumpkin that reminds me of childhood. This DIY evokes those memories.
My dad worked a lot, so the holidays were a rare time when the family got together to “do” something. He was in charge of the knives and the seeds and everything about this project. I just remember rallying around him in our tiny kitchen and making a lot of noise.
I always did the same pumpkin. It had triangle eyes and a smile with one tooth. This guy looked happy, and that was the look I wanted. It was also easy to execute. I am a creature of habit. If I find something works, I stick with it.
My dad and brother would try to do something creative like a bolt shaped scar or using a stencil. This was a long time ago, so there was no Pinterest. Painted pumpkins didn’t even exist. At least in my mind they didn’t.
This is what I love about the holidays. It is hard to see on the parenting end of childhood. Because every day seems like a project, a mess or an event. However, these family hours together are EVERYTHING.
What I LOVE about this project is that you can get ready for Fall before the pumpkins even hit the stores. The copper is gorgeous and unique. You can do it any time, because there are always squash to be had.
What you need:
- Butternut Squash, winter squash or pumpkins
- Pumpkin or other carving knife, medium to large
- Tealight votive holders – glass or plastic
- White spray paint
- Copper Paint
- Optional: Copper Calligraphy Pen
Copper Painted Pumpkins
The directions are pretty simple, and all of my DIY is easy peasey – but pretty. That’s my jam.
- Cut the top or bottom off a pumpkin or squash with a pumpkin knife. Make sure the side you choose as the bottom allows the squash stands up on it’s own. You can either the natural top or bottom.
- Hollow it out with a carving knife and a spoon. Make sure the hole is wide enough for glass votive holder.
- Spray paint the body of your squash or pumpkin white. Let it dry.
- Using copper acrylic paint, apply in a sweeping motion at the top. This is so therapeutic!
- After drying apply a second coat of copper paint as needed
- Add some copper glitter or use a copper pen as an accent
- Put the votive into the hole, and display your floral arrangements.
TIP: Put in a votive instead of the flowers. It will give off beautiful light.
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