Follow this complete tutorial and learn how to make terra cotta pumpkins easily. These pumpkins are the perfect decoration for fall.
If you’re looking for a unique and stylish way to decorate your home for Fall, but don’t want to pay the Pottery Barn price, consider making a Terra Cotta Pumpkin. Terra cotta pumpkins are incredibly easy to make, adding a touch of elegance to any Fall display. Plus, they make great conversation starters! Here’s how to make your own Terra Cotta Pumpkin.
A few weeks ago, I did a live demonstration in the She Shed, and my girlfriend Amy Sadler from Amysadlerdesigns taught me some fun ways to make these pumpkins. You may like to check out her post on Pottery Barn Terra Cotta Pumpkins too.. We both have different takes on our methods of aging the pumpkins.
Before starting our creative craft, you must have all the necessary materials.
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Gather all your supplies and prepare the area where you will work. It is best to do this outside as it can get messy.
I mixed up some of these five paint colors to create this terra cotta color. You can do this or find a color that you like that is already mixed. There’s just something about mixing the colors that I like.
Once I got the color I wanted, I placed a chopstick inside the pumpkin, where I removed the stem. This allows you to hold onto the stick and paint the pumpkin. When I finished, I placed the chopstick in a piece of foam so the pumpkin could dry.
We will use white flour to age our pumpkins, or you could use baby powder.
You want to do this process while the paint is still damp.
Simply sprinkle a bit of flour onto the top of the pumpkin and use a dry brush to tap and brush the flour out. You want it to look natural, so tap the flour and shake the pumpkin to get any excess flour off.
If needed, you can always add extra paint if you like.
You can also sand off some of the flour if you have more than you prefer. You could even expose the original pumpkin color if you like.
Nothing makes a faux pumpkin look better than replacing the plastic stem. I love natural pumpkin stems, and you can easily find them.
Just take a walk through the pumpkin patch and look at the ground.
Look in the bins at the grocery stores, be careful you don’t fall in.
Or you can buy them here.
I also remove all my pumpkin stems at the end of the pumpkin season and save them for the next year.
All you have to do is find the right stem and hot glue them onto the pumpkin.
Of course, Decorating with pumpkins is my favorite part. Taking them in the house and deciding how to style my Terra Cotta Pumpkins.
As you can see, there are many ways to style them in your home. I placed a few on my dining room table and the rest in my wine bar. Use your creativity and add fun elements such as florals, flower pots, bottles, or wood pieces that go with your pumpkins. Add different heights to attract the eye.
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