Some plants failed in my garden this year and some had an over abundance of blooms. One those was my hydrangea. They have so many blooms they are bending over onto the ground. I love how they change from white to gold to rose gold. All of a sudden it hit me – with so many blooms, I could make my whole fall decor hydrangea inspired! How pretty would that be? Well I thought amazingly pretty, so off I hustled to the dollar store to pick up pumpkins that would be transformed into hydrangea inspired pink pumpkins!!!

First, let’s take a look at all these gorgeous hydrangea I have. See what I mean about so many blooms!

Hydrangea pink and cream tones

Before we go one step further, this week I am so honoured to be a part of Wendy of WM Design House’s diy pumpkin blog hop. You have to check her out because she is the real deal!

If you are coming over from Cindy of DIY Beautify, weren’t her textured lace and rope pumpkins amazing?

So let’s get crafting…

Materials

Materials for hydrangea inspired pink pumpkins

Materials required:

  • dollar store pumpkins
  • sandpaper
  • white, champagne metallic and green metallic paint
  • gold leaf and pink gold leaf (you could try rose gold gold leaf which I ordered too but it was too orange and didn’t pick up on the pinky/purples of the hydrangea)
  • adhesive
  • dried hydrangea
  • paint brushes
  • gold leaf brushes

Sand and base coat

First give the pumpkins a scuff sand if they are shiny and then basecoat with white. I did this because I felt the strong orange color would show through the gold leaf and change the look I was going for. Let dry until completely dry – no tackiness. Approximately 2 hours as I did a very thick coat to cover the orange.

Painting orange pumpkin white

Apply adhesive

Follow the instructions on the adhesive. Mine said that I had to add 10% water to the amount of adhesive I would need. I kind of eye-balled this and it worked out fine. The key is to apply a thin coat and apply to all areas that you want to apply the gold leaf to. I decided to have the gold leaf primarily on the top of the pumpkins and fade as it cascades down the pumpkin.

Applying adhesive to pumpkin

Let dry one hour, or until the surface is dry but very tacky.

Option 1: White pumpkin with pink gold leaf

I tried three different ways of achieving my hydrangea inspired pink pumpkins. Some of my hydrangea has white petals and pink. The white petals did not fade to a golden color so I tried one pumpkin like that.

Lay your pink gold leaf on the top of the pumpkin and lightly brush the gold leaf until it is adhered to the pumpkin.

Hydrangea inspired pink pumpkin - adhering pink gold leaf to a white pumpkin

In my photos, the gold leaf takes on more of purple color which is unfortunate because I know this isn’t an exact match to real hydrangea. They do look better in real life, I promise.

Next step – brush off the excess gold leaf for a smooth finish.

Hydrangea inspired pink pumpkin

I chose to stick with a whole metallic theme so I found a beautiful complimentary green metallic paint (DecoArt Dazzling Metallic Festive Green)

Painting stem of pumpkin metallic green

A few pumpkins in a beautiful vintage white bowl my mother gave together with the hydrangea makes for a beautiful twist on our typical fall decorating.

Hydrangea inspired pink pumpkin

Option 2: Champagne pumpkin with pink gold leaf

The next version I tried was to match the pale creams of the hydrangea. I used FolkArt 2484 Champagne Metallic and I felt it really matched the pale petals.

Champagne paint, pink/purple gold leaf and a hydrangea for inspiration to create Hydrangea inspired pink pumpkins

Paint the entire pumpkin in the champagne color and leave to dry completely.

Apply the adhesive in thin coats. For this pumpkin, I had more solid coverage at the top and faded into strands ending about 2/3 of the way down the pumpkin.

Hydrangea inspired pink pumpkins

Option 3: The triple threat

For this one, I used a combination of rose gold, gold and pink leaf for a really interesting effect.

To start, basecoat the entire pumpkin in DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Rose Gold metallic acrylic paint. For this one, I was trying to bring in more of the rose gold color.

Then apply adhesive all over the pumpkin and let dry for one hour.

Next apply randomly and no so precisely gold leaf to the bottom 2/3 of the pumkin.

Then layer starting at the top, apply the pink gold leaf to the top 1/3. In some areas I applied a little more adhesive so that the pink gold leaf would cascade down over the gold leaf.

Paint the stem in the metallic green.

Hydrangea inspired pink and gold pumpkin

As you can see, the undercoat of rose gold pops through hear and there providing more interest and depth.

The Final Reveal

Hydrangea inspired pink pumpkins

But we are not done yet…

Creating a hydrangea inspired tablescape

Let’s finish off the experience and create a whole dining experience around our pretty pumpkins.

Hydrangea inspired tablescape with pink chargers, white china, rose gold wine glasses, white napkins with pink napkin rings and a variety of candles and white dahlias and sunflowers

First, I chose a sage/grey table cloth. For the table settings I used a pink charger, green and white antique china plates, a white Mikasa china smaller plate, topped with the matching green and white china bowl. I placed a white cotton vintage napkin with a pink sequin napkin ring on an angle across the bowl.

Hydrangea inspired fall tablescapea

Gold matte cutlery together with goldish purple stemless wine glasses finish the setting.

Silk cream sunflower with dried hydrangea

Down the center of the table I scattered dried hydrangea, real pro white sunflowers in crystal vases, gold candlesticks, silk sunflowers and a few smaller pink gold leaf pumpkins and white velvet pumpkins.

Hydrangea inspired fall tablescapea

At one end of the table, I placed a basket filled with ornamental cabbages and dried hydrangea.

At the other end was a grouping of white dinner plate dahlias.

Simple and understated, but heavy on pretty!

Next up on the blog hop

Next up is Missy from Sonata Home Design and wait until you see her extraordinarily beautiful pumpkin vase!

Make sure to check out all the wonderful projects as seen below!

Looking for more inspiration?

If you are looking for more fall inspiration, please check out my earlier post about how to add various styles of pumpkins to your home decor this fall.

Sweater pumpkin decor with burlap runner and sunflowers

Shopping links below!!!

If you would like to try this project or are interested in any of the decor, I have provided links below – just click on the bolded description.

Disclaimer: Should you wish to purchase something, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you!

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32 Comments
  • Kim
    September 22, 2022

    I love your pumpkins! They are so beautiful! I have never worked with the gold leaf material, but I think I need to! So nice hopping with you today!

    • Crystal
      October 16, 2022

      Thanks so much Kim! This was my first time and it was so easy – definitely give it a try! I loved hopping along with you too!

  • Missy
    September 22, 2022

    These pumpkins are stunning, Crystal! I adore the pink and gold leaf and love that the inspiration comes from your beautiful hydrangeas. So unique! As always, I love your style and your creativity! ~Missy

    • Crystal
      September 25, 2022

      Thanks so much Missy!!! You are so kind!!!

  • Meredith
    September 22, 2022

    I never would have though to use this color scheme for pumpkins and they turned out simply gorgeous! The whole table scape is beautiful! Thank you for sharing with the world!

    • Crystal
      September 23, 2022

      Thank you very much Meredith! Glad you enjoyed it!!! So happy to hop along with you!

  • Kristin
    September 22, 2022

    I absolutely love these pumpkins – they are beautiful! I would love to use this in a pumpkin DIY series I am creating for my readers. Please let me know if you’re interested in being included!

    • Crystal
      September 23, 2022

      Thank you so very much! I absolutely would love to be included!

  • Lora Bloomquist
    September 22, 2022

    These turned out so pretty. I love the idea of Fall decorating with hydrangeas; they are so beautiful this time of year.

    • Crystal
      September 23, 2022

      Thanks so much Lora! Hydrangeas are a plant that just keeps giving and giving!

  • Wendy McMonigle
    September 22, 2022

    I YI YI! I adore these gold foiled pumpkins so much. I love how the beautiful hydrangeas and their colors inspired you Way to go Crystal, thanks for joining in on the fun today. .

    • Crystal
      October 1, 2022

      Thanks so very much Wendy!!! Love it when you love a project! Thanks for arranging the blog hop – it was so much fun

  • Jennifer Howard
    September 23, 2022

    They look so pretty with your decor! Really cute idea Crystal!

    • Crystal
      September 25, 2022

      Thanks so much Jennifer!!!

  • Susan
    September 25, 2022

    These pumpkins are so pretty Crystal! I love the pink color! all just so pretty!

    • Crystal
      September 25, 2022

      Thanks so much Susan!!! So fun to hop along with you!

  • Amy
    October 18, 2022

    So Beautiful and elegant! Thank you for sharing with us on the Fabulous Friday Link Party! You are being featured this week!

    • Crystal
      October 18, 2022

      Oh my goodness!!! This is so exciting! Thank you!!!

  • Kim
    October 21, 2022

    Crystal, your pumpkins are just beautiful! The color is stunning! Isn’t it fun to apply the metal leaf? I’d love to share your pumpkins in my Saturday roundup this weekend! Thanks so much for sharing such a great idea!

    • Crystal
      October 21, 2022

      This was my first time working with gold leaf and I am hooked!!! Absolutely!!! Please share – I am honored that you would want to and so grateful!

  • Sharon Garofalow
    March 1, 2023

    These are stunning! Rose gold pumpkins are certainly going on my fall mantle next year.

    • Crystal
      March 1, 2023

      That just made my day! Thank you very much!

  • Amy
    March 1, 2023

    So gorgeous!!

    • Crystal
      March 1, 2023

      Thanks so much Amy! I truly appreciate your comment!

  • Liz
    March 2, 2023

    This was easy enough for an amateur crafter and my pumpkins are wonderful! Thanks for the detailed instructions!!

    • Crystal
      March 7, 2023

      Thanks so much Liz! Yes they are so very easy but they sure look pretty in the end. Now that is the kind of project I like, easy and pretty!

    • Crystal
      September 14, 2023

      Thank you so very much Liz!

  • Gwynn
    March 4, 2023

    These pumpkins are so beautiful and I can’t wait to make them myself!

    • Crystal
      March 7, 2023

      Thank you so very much Gwynn! I hope you have fun making them!

    • Crystal
      September 14, 2023

      Yay!!! I love hearing this! Thank you

  • Kim
    September 14, 2023

    I cannot wait to go pick up some pumpkins this weekend so I can try this. I’ll swing by the craft store and grab the supplies too.

    We have a huge yard and over 50 hydrangea plants so I have an abundance of flowers I can cut. Love the pinks and I might mix in some burgundy too. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    • Crystal
      September 14, 2023

      50 hydrangea plants? Wow, your yard must be gorgeous! I could only dream of having that many. Thank you and I hope you enjoy the project!