This year I wanted to bring a deep turquoise color into my Thanksgiving mantel design. However, that color is a bit hard to find in between all of the orange, yellow, red, and brown on the shelves...especially when you are talking about pumpkins.
So I thought to myself...why don't you paint some pumpkins yourself?
I found these pumpkins at Hobby Lobby, on sale of course, for about a dollar a piece.
And this one for a couple bucks.
My idea was to paint the pumpkins the deep turquoise color. Then once dried, I would brush on a wood stain on top, to add dimension. And it worked!
I started by mixing together some acrylic paints to create the color I wanted.
Then using a basic paintbrush, I painted the pumpkins...nothing too fancy.
After the paint dried (which didn't take very long) I used another paintbrush to brush on the stain. I used a water-based stain because there is a little more give to it (opposed to a polyurethane) plus the clean-up is easier.
I had the option to wipe off a bit of the stain, but I felt that I didn't need to. It was a totally easy project with a nice outcome. The turquoise pumpkins add a nice richness to my mantel.