About this time of the year, I start counting down to Christmas, get my festive-shorts on, and start crafting. I'm a menace. I was brainstorming front desk displays for my old job (that's how much I miss it!) and thought about a no-carve activity that would be fun for young and old-alike. I have to admit that the painted pumpkin idea is certainly not an original (thanks, Martha Stewart), nor is the dip-dye (thanks, world)... but this is a chic way to decorate your house for Fall and I succeeded at it. So I'm sharing below.
To decorate pumpkins you'll need:
Decorative gourds or a big pumpkin (look for the smoothest ones)
Brushes or sponges (I used sea sponges and they were great for my skill level)
Painters (or medical/athletic) tape
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If you want to achieve a dip-dyed or geometric look, make sure your painters tape is pressed flat against the pumpkin. If the pumpkin is ridged you might need to accept the little paint divots or take extra care. Keep in mind that a sponge can have a wide sponging radius, so if your tape isn't very wide you run the risk of accidentally smudging the rest of your pumpkin. This acrylic paint came off easily with water quickly applied, so keep some on hand.
Voila! I painted my pumpkins at varying angles for variety, using white, black, and gold paint. Black came off the most dramatic and only required one coat. The gold wasn't as awesome over the orange pumpkin, but too fun to pass up. Add in apple and cinnamon candles and a decorative container and you're set.
I also decided to make some more dip-dyed decor and paint some letters for our display as well. These initial letters were only $2.99 at JoAnn's and easy to paint. If you're looking for a very easy mantlepiece decoration, hand painted letters are an awesome option. I used the same method above and covered the letters in painter's tape and then sponged on gold paint! Voila - holiday decor that isn't tacky.
And speaking of the spooky season, my brother just started selling his art on Society6 and I couldn't help but point out the awesome ways his art translates into iPhone cases. I happen to think he's super talented and I just ordered the rooster (left) and can't wait for it to arrive. Just two examples below - click through for more.
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