Skip Nav
Barack Obama
The Obamas Traded the White House For This $5.3M Mansion
Holiday Living
23 Cool Home Gifts Your Friends Will Be Thrilled to Receive
Holiday Living
Home Gifts For Building a Hipster Haven

Autumn Decor: Party Pumpkins

I recently came across this crafty take on decorating with ornamental pumpkins over on Sunset.
Tiny pumpkins—or any small gourds—can be colored in minutes with acrylic paints or permanent markers. The secret to their jewel-like sparkle is a finishing glaze applied after the paint or ink has thoroughly dried.

To find out how to make these, just


Supplies:

  • Miniature pumpkins in varying sizes and shapes
  • Foam brush
  • Acrylic paint
  • Rubber comb (available from craft stores)
  • Broad-tip permanent markers
  • Polyurethane glaze

Here are the steps:

  1. Use a foam brush to apply acrylic paint evenly over pumpkin.
  2. While paint is still wet, run a rubber comb around the pumpkin. Start from the stem and work from top to bottom. As an alternative to painting and combing, use a broad-tip marker to draw spirals or dots on the pumpkins, or go a little wild by drawing random lines in contrasting colors.
  3. When paint or ink is dry, spray with a polyurethane glaze as a protective finish.
  4. Display these in your home or give them away as a party favor if you have an autumn or halloween party.
Fashion-Inspired Decor
Oh Joy! For Target Fall 2017
Matte Black Kitchen Ideas
Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies
From Our Partners
Latest Home & Garden
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds