Thursday, October 8, 2009

~ Painting Faux Pumpkins, Halloween White & Black

For the last few years my Halloween decorating has been black and white on the inside of the house, with regular pumpkin colors outside. It's so easy to find great buys on the orange colored pumpkins and many of us have lots of them left over from previous years. This post is from last year, and has a little simple how-to for painting those faux pumpkins. This is the quickest and easiest how-to ever!

Black Faux Pumpkin How-to:
The little pumpkins were either green or orange ones that I bought years ago. I liked the shape and I'm really looking for ways to reuse anything so I don't add to the garbage in the world.

These are the foam ones that are so cheap.
(They are not shiny, it's just the light from the window.)

The secret is Fusion Spray Paint or Rust-Oleum Universal Spray Paint
(and now updated: Annie Sloan Chalk Paints, too.)
Both are made for painting plastic, but I have found that both are some of the best all around paints.
I've painted wrought iron outside and it holds up very well. It is also excellent on wood.

By now these speciality pants aren't  much of a secret and so many people have discovered what great coverage they give. Some spray paints can react with foam, but are OK on plastic. I've tried other brands which were not as good. They just don't stick to or hold up on plastic.

The stems I painted with the black first because it is like using a primer. Then I used simple bottled craft paint in a lime green for the stems.

See Y'all Soon!

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  1. I painted some too and I love them painted. Yours look just fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  2. Very cute....I've only used Fusion for my plastic stuff....never thought to use it elsewhere. Thanks for the tip!
    peace, cindy

  3. Those are darling! I didn't know about fusion - so thanks so much. I love the lime green color too. You are so talented!


  4. I love your pumpkins,,, I will have to give it a try,, I love white pumpkins, and never thought of black,,, but they look amazing... thanks for sharing...


  5. I can't see the photo...wonder why...but have written fusion paint on my to do list!

  6. I stenciled a couple of white ones with a black design and they turned out very classy & chic for my dining room buffet. They're so much fun to work with! Love your dresser handle painting technique - I have to try it. They look fabulous when you get done!

    Hugs, Sherry

  7. Oh I love the idea of white and black out of the box.
    Thanks for the info about fusion!
    xo Maron

  8. Hi Donna! Thank you for coming by for a visit and leaving your sweet comment. I was actually here when the photos were missing, but I took your advice and used the Fusion paint to redo an orange pumpkin to white. It worked beautifully. Thanks so much!!!!

    My Desert Cottage

  9. What a great idea. I never thought of the pumpkins in black. Love the blog please come visit mine.

  10. Love the idea with the black pumpkins. I love the look of black & white...I just already have a lot of orange in the mix. Sigh! Maybe in the living room I can do just black and white. Thanks for the paint tips.

  11. It's official! You have the best ideas!!! Suzy ala Vivalayardsale


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