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Metallic Pumpkin DIY

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For a hint of Halloween chic and a trendy Thanksgiving tabletop, try your take with metallic pumpkins. This is an easy project for last-minute decor, and these veggies will shimmer in your home well into November! A festive touch, metallic pumpkins are a simple DIY without the carving mess. Here's how:

  1. Gather: Although one pumpkin for this project is fine, having a number of pumpkins will let you use different shades of metallics. Head to the pumpkin patch to gather a few pumpkins in different shapes, sizes, and textures. Consider the bumpy "knuckle head" pumpkins for a wild effect or even painting some squash. This variety will allow you to scatter them throughout your house or create a large centerpiece.
  2. Prep and Paint: Once you have your pumpkins, the prep is easy! First, clean your pumpkins and lay down a large piece of cardboard or a few sheets of newspaper — then start spraying. For this particular project I used gold and silver spray paint (about $7 per can). I applied two coats to each pumpkin, waiting 30 minutes in between. After the second coat, I waited one hour until bringing the pumpkins inside.
  3. Decorate: Since the metallics are versatile, you can display these shiny veggies just about anywhere. Try scattering them through your house: on the fireplace mantel, a bookcase, or the dining room table. I put my pumpkins on my media console around a few holiday candles — the light reflecting off the metallic paint creates a really cool patten on my walls. Although I first did this project for Halloween, I plan on adding a few bronze pumpkins and using them as my Thanksgiving centerpiece.
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