There are a lot of ways to embellish a pumpkin if you observe correct techniques. Remember to display your pumpkin in a cool place. If you leave them out in the sun, your pumpkins will rot. If you want to keep these Thanksgiving decor around much longer, or if you want to reuse them every year, you can get foam pumpkins from craft stores. Here’s a tip: you can wait til after Halloween to get since they are often on clearance!
Prepare Your Pumpkin
It is important that you clean your pumpkin before using it to any project. You can wash your pumpkin with cool water or just wipe it with a wet napkin.
Once your pumpkin is completely dry, start painting your pumpkin. Use a base coat to ensure a good surface to paint on top of, like a primer. The stem would be perfect in metallic paint because metallic paint can go with variety designs.
Tip: The gourd is naturally moist when you touch it, so a water-based paint will not stick or come to a full cure. I suggest you use an acrylic or even a spray paint. If you still think or plan to cook the pumpkin afterward, I recommend using the acrylic since the chemicals will not leach into the pumpkin itself.
How To Make An Embellish-Styled Pumpkin
Adding beautiful embellishment on your pumpkin is the easiest way to spruce it up. In this beautiful craft you’ll need a pastel color paint of your choice, glue, and studs
Step 1: Paint Your Pumpkins
Your pumpkin is already painted with a base coat. All you just have to do is to top it with your choice of pastel color paint.
Step 2: Prepare Your Embellishments
Style and customize your pumpkin with beautiful embellishment depending on your theme or design.
Step 3: Decorate And Style
Now, here comes my favorite part of this DIY Thanksgiving pumpkin project: decorating and styling. After painting your pumpkin (of course, wait for it to dry first) you can start decorating it with embellishments! Don’t forget to get creative with the studs arrangement and once you’re done jazzing it up, you’re now ready to position it anywhere you want!
How To Make A Thumb-Tacked Pumpkin
If you are on a budget, and don’t have embellishments around, you can also make use of thumbtacks to decorate your pumpkin!
Step 1: Trace Your Design
On your already painted pumpkin, use a pencil to trace the word you want to design on your pumpkin. On this decorated pumpkin idea that’s the word “JOY”. “Joy” is what Thanksgiving is all about! The abundance of the season plus the beauty it brings definitely awakens every hidden joy there is. But it can be anything you want though!
Step 2: Design Using The Thumbtacks
Push in thumbtacks to flesh out the design. Do you know where to put it once your done with it? It can be in your mantle, your Thanksgiving table, a centerpiece for your decor, or anywhere you want! Unlimited possibilities makes it super perfect!
How to Make a Mr. Tuxedo Turkey
And now, this adorable design that is such a darling, Mr. Tuxedo Turkey will definitely be a crowd favorite. You will need two pumpkins for this, a large one for the body and a smaller one for the head (painted in metallic paint), black paint, scrap of lace for the bow tie, and felt and fabric scraps for the eyes.
Step 1: Create The Tux
First, cut off the stem of the top pumpkin as close to the top as you can. Next, you need to paint the front white for the tux. Mask off the white with masking tape and then paint the rest of the pumpkin black for his dapper jacket.
Step 2: Stick On The Head
Simply stick your smaller pumpkin on the top of your large pumpkin. Then, add some style to the body. This one has bow tie and stud that looks like the tuxedo buttons.
Step 3: Create The Eyes
Use felt and fabric scraps to create the eyes. Cut them in three different sizes and in oval shapes. Stick them together and just glue them on the pumpkin.
Step 4: Create The Nose
Cut a small piece of orange cloth or felt and fold it in a triangle for the nose. TA-DA! You have now made Mr. Tuxedo Turkey!