Our youngest daughter’s 1st birthday is fast approaching. Now judge me as you will but as soon as I had time to process that my due date was in October, I knew that I would have a “pumpkin patch” themed first birthday party. I started pinning ideas when I couldn’t sleep from pregnancy pains. Do you know how cute pumpkin patch birthday parties are?! Adorable! DIY pumpkin projects, here I come!
I started collecting the decorations in late August when the stores started selling fall décor items. One item that I found was a carvable pumpkin at the dollar store. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do with it but it was a pumpkin for $1.
When I got home, I dug through my craft supplies and found exactly what I needed. I had my inspiration. The fate of this pumpkin was set.
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Here’s what I used:
Carvable Pumpkin from Dollar Tree
Paint Brushes – I used #9 to paint the white and #2 for the gold
Gold/Bronze flower and Off White foliage sprigs from Walmart ($.97 each)
Here’s how easy it was:
I started by painting the entire pumpkin with the Antique Parchment paint. I let it dry completely before using my fan brush to add the gold. When I say I let it completely dry, I was horribly impatient. I sat in front of my air conditioning vent in the dining room trying to speed up the process. I don’t know that it actually worked.
After I was satisfied that the white paint was actually dry, I started with the gold paint. The amount of paint on my brush was barely noticeable. I started painting from the top of the pumpkin and painted downward very lightly to achieve the brushed look. I kept adding more gold until I was satisfied. Yet again, I waited until it was completely dry before adding the gold glitter.
I NEED to tell you that glitter makes my soul happy. When I’m in the glitter aisle at the store, my husband has to give me a time limit.
There is no way I could call this pumpkin finished unless it had some glitter on it. I went ahead and added gold glitter all over the gold paint! It just makes it look so much better, don’t ya think? You will notice, though, that the gold glitter paint changed the underlying gold color a little bit.
Next, I cut all the flowers off of the stem. I took the goofy stem off of the pumpkin and started arranging. The flowers went in easily and I was able to quickly arrange them in a way that filled the top of the pumpkin. You see how much I love these little pumpkins? I have two more ready to go in the background!
**Small side note, if you are going to use hot glue, do not add any until you’re satisfied with your arrangement. I got a little slap happy and added mine too soon. My pumpkin looked stupid and I accidently tore it trying to fix it.
The completed DIY pumpkin:
I think that this little decoration is just adorable. I completed it for $3 and it will look great as a centerpiece at Rory’s birthday party. Not to mention that I will reuse it afterward, probably on my entrance table.