DIY: Hydrangea Inspired Pink PUMPKINS


– 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

Steps 1 & 2

1.  Lightly sand the glossy surface off of the pumpkins. 2.  Base coat in white.  This will take at least two coats.

Steps 3 & 4 - Apply adhesive and gold leaf

Follow the instructions on the adhesive. Mine said that I had to add 10% water to the amount of adhesive I would need. I 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.

Brush off the excess gold leaf for a smooth finish.

Step 5:  Paint the stem

I chose to stick with a whole metallic theme so I found a beautiful complimentary green metallic paint (DecoArt Dazzling Metallic Festive Green) and thoroughly coated the pumpkin stem.

Second Option:  Champagne & Pink

For the next version I used FolkArt 2484 Champagne Metallic and I felt it really matched the pale petals of the hydrangea. 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.

Third Option: Gold & Pink

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 gold leaf randomly to the bottom 2/3 of the pumpkin. Then 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.

Creating a hydrangea inspired tablescape

Let’s finish off the experience and create a whole dining experience around our pretty pumpkins.  First, I chose a sage/grey table cloth.

Next, 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.

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.

On the china cabinet... I filled vintage pieces with the pumpkins I created and sprigs of dried hydrangea to carry the theme through the room.

I hope you enjoyed this project!   For more inspo, please come and check out my blog!