Saturday, October 2, 2010

~ Painting Faux Pumpkins, Black & White Halloween

A little editing on Oct 2nd:
This weekend I have been doing a bit of painting and looked a more closely at the paint can I had purchased some time ago for an outdoor project. I bought it because of the color, and because it listed that it was good for metal. I was repainting wrought iron furniture. But... it also said it could be used on plastic. So I gave that a try, too. And it worked fabulously!The paint I used this time was Rust-Oleum's Universal spray paint. The paint goes really well, and you almost never have any problems with clogging. My only gripe is the nozzle sprays great, but my hand gets really tired with it. They say that like the Fusion I mention later, it resists chipping. The Fusion painted metal and plastic pieces have lasted for years, so we will see if the Rust-Oleum can do the same.But at this moment, my vote is for the Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint because of the great coverage, and the quality look of the painted surface.
Oct 1st! Yippee ... time to start Halloween decorating! For a lot of people that is as much fun (or more) than Christmas.

After I posted this little tutorial, I got lots of emails about it. And a few questions. So I am repeating it this year.

One of the questions was why go to the trouble of buying special paint. The answer is that the Fusion paint bonds with the surface and will last a lot longer. Can you just use craft paint or even house paint? Sure you can.

The thing I wanted to show was just using what you have when you can, like updating orange or green pumpkins that you might have otherwise tossed out.

Since I first wrote this, white pumpkins can be found everywhere of course. But you might still like to add a black one, or two.

For the last few years my Halloween decorating has been black and white on the inside of the house, with regular pumpkin and Halloween 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 has a simple how-to for painting those faux pumpkins. This is the quickest and easiest how-to ever!

Black Faux Pumpkin How-to:
These 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 (was Fusion) but now is Rust-Oleum Universal Spray Paint.
They are both made for painting plastic, but also list other surfaces as well. I've painted wrought iron outside with the Fusion years ago, and it holds up very well. But the finish of the Rust-Oleum paint looks even better on metal anyway.
For flat black, I don't think it would make a huge difference.

I wanted the stems to be green in the end. So I painted them with the black Fusion spray paint first because it is like using a primer. Then I used simple bottled craft paint in a lime green for the stems.

I know... so simple. The paint will last a really long time without chipping.

See Y'all Soon!

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  1. I will be trying this, this weekend! Thanks!! xoxoxo ~Ashley

  2. I love them. You do such a nice job on things. Here I have been crafting for years and I have been complaining cuz I can't find any white pumpkins. I feel a spray fest coming on! lol Hugs-Diana

  3. Fushion...I have to check that out!

    m ^..^

  4. Great idea! I want to paint some real ones and decorate them for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

  5. LOVE the black and white decorations! Thanks for the paint info.

  6. I love the Fusion paint so much, I painted a metal lamp with the plastic paint and it turned out great, super duper coverage! Love the black pumpkins, I have three that I put black German glass glitter on and I love how they turned out.

  7. Painting the pumpkins is a great idea. DId you know that you can buy a special spray nozzle to put on the can (reusable) so that you don't have to hold your finger on the button? It makes it a lot easier. PEggy from PA


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