What you’ll need
Paper Mache Pumpkin
Chip Brush & Foam Brush
Acrylic Paint Or Spray Paint
Krylon Spray Sealer
Gold Metallic Paint Or Gold Wax
Here’s everything you might need. You can use brush on OR spray on paint. I used brush on.
Use dark paint under dark napkins and white under light napkins. This keeps the colors vibrant.
Pour paint in a dish and grab your brushes.
Put on some gloves to protect hands.
Start painting your pumpkins. Leave the stems alone.
Clean you brush with soap & water before switching to a different paint color.
Remember, this does not have to be a perfect paint job. It’s just a base coat.
Once done, let dry.
Here’s a little tip about napkins. Not all napkins are the same quality.
Here’s a dollar store napkin. Not a full design print.
Here’s a higher quality napkin. Full body design print.
Cheaper napkins you’ll need to trim.
Cut your napkins to fit your pumpkin. Vertical measuring works best.
Cut a bit longer as they tend to shrink once adhered.
Cut enough strips to go around entire pumpkin.
You will need to remove the layers from the napkin.
Then separate them slowly and completely.
The trick is to pinch a tiny piece off the corner to start.
Your better quality napkins may have more layers. Remove them all.
Make sure to trim logo off corners.
Have all of your sized napkins piled, prepped and ready to go.
Pour Mod Podge on dish and have brushes ready. Make sure to keep your chip brush damp with water.
Don’t forget your brush needs to be clean!
Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge in vertical sections. Approximately the width of your napkins.
If you think you can work fast, double the size of your sections.
Lay your napkin down vertically lightly tapping it into place with your finger & foam brush.
Do not stress!
Gentle is key
Check for missing glue.
Continue this all the way around the pumpkin. Remember to keep a damp brush before dipping in glue.
Patch work doesn’t have to be perfect.
When picking a napkin or tissue paper, I recommend selecting ones that have free flowing designs.
Apply Mod Podge on top to seal.
Once your pumpkin has dried, you are ready for some gold!
Add some Rub n’ buff or any other brand gold wax to finger to apply to stem.
Rub it on. It’s really that simple.
If your pumpkin has leaves, brush on some gold metallic paint to make them pop.
If you plan to display them in a damp area, spray with outdoor clear sealant. I recommend indoors.
It’s time to embellish!
Coordinate your ribbon and flowers with your pumpkin.
Cut your ribbon long enough to wrap and tie a bow.
Wrap the flower wires around the stem and secure them with your ribbon. Use glue if necessary.
Make sure all the wire is hidden and knot your ribbon.
Tie your bow and fluff your flowers!
Display them with pride and enjoy the compliments!