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pumpkin centerpiece- part 2- PoP Pumpkins!

As you know, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with some pumpkins for this year’s fall centerpiece. I ended up going all around the world and back again. Originally I wanted to do something with paint brush strokes… I envisioned some sort of color gradation- however- I realized that because the pumpkins have ridges, brush strokes weren’t going to look that great… so… I moved on from that idea. Then I was going to do something all in grays tones (which I still love the idea of, but maybe next year…) Then I had this idea for fluorescent yellow. Not sure where that came from- but all the neon pop that’s out there right now really grabbed me- So I thought, I’ll just grab some neon paint and paint the pumpkins! Well- I ended up getting some neon poster paint and applied a coat to a small pumpkin. FAIL. The paint wasn’t really sticking like I thought it would, and it wasn’t very opaque. Basically it just looked gross. Like a big fat loogie on top. Bleah. So I figured maybe I needed to prime it- That’s when the ever trusted “spray paint bandits” took over- I primed the area I wanted to paint, and then used a coat of fluorescent yellow spray paint after, and finally the color really popped. Then I found some tan “camouflage” spray paint, which is described as “ultra matte” (and in reality, it’s ultra cool!), and did another one in the same way- I used some thin crepe paper drafting tape for the largest pumpkin, and just did a random pattern and sprayed the whole thing with white spray primer, then removed the tape- Voila! the 2009 pumpkin centerpiece! It’s probably a bit more “pop” than what you’d expect traditionally for “fall”- but then, I guess I’m not exactly the most “traditional” guy. (BTW, The mushrooms were these marble ones I got a few years back from a trip to Yucca Valley. ) Are any of you also doing something “non traditional” for your Fall decor?



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  3. kristin Reply
    These are so pretty and inspiring!
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  6. Allie Reply
    OH MY! These are absolutely FABULOUS! SO Awesome and Mod! I do hope you will come and link these (and any other cool things you are proud of) to my Thursday-Sunday Making It With Allie Party! These would make an AWESOME addition! AllieMakes.Blogspot.com
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  8. jackie Reply
    great ideas! thanks for sharing.
  9. Heather - Dollar Store Crafts Reply
    These are so cool! We're linking up at Decor Hacks on 9/20!
  10. Jena @ HappyLittleMesses Reply
    We went to the pumpkin patch on Friday, picked 3 little pumpkins and one BIG one. I'll be using this idea with 4 kids, ages 2, 4, 4 and 6 today. I think they'll love it. I'll let you know how it goes. I have a blog and will be posting the project. I'll be sure to link up to you so people know where the fabulous idea came from.
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  12. Kevin - DIY Dork Reply
    Whoa... I'm totally into the big striped pumpkin. That's cool!
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  14. Kristin Reply
    I love that! Painting pumpkins officially trumps carving them. This is what I'm doing: http://622press.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/festive-fall-centerpiece
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