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Decorating Wisely: Distressed Pumpkins Featured

Written by  Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:09
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It’s hard to believe that summer is over and school is back in session. My Gracie girl is a senior this year, so I’m not doing well at all. I really am not ready for my kids to be grown. I don’t even know how this happened, one day I’m in Florida raising an elementary-aged daughter and a toddler and the next I’m in Oklahoma with a college graduate and high school senior. I know I’m not the first person to ever fear empty nesting, but it still makes me sad nonetheless.

Fortunately, I know just how to cheer myself up! Fall decorating! No, no, I haven’t been decorating just yet, but I am in the preliminary fun stage of pulling out old magazines and pinning away on Pinterest. I’ve been looking for new ways to use old things or at the very least ways to jazz up inexpensive things. In fact, I just pinned, “Distressed Dollar Store Pumpkins with a Crackle Finish” by I love those gorgeous distressed pumpkins, but I don’t love the price. I will definitely be trying this out this year.

White or School Glue
Small paintbrushes
Latex or acrylic paint (In the final pumpkin color)
Dark brown craft paint for glaze
Grey or black paint for splatter (you could also use more of the brown color)
Old toothbrush
Small wooden branches
Hot Glue Gun



1. Cover the pumpkin in white glue until it is tacky. Note: the direction of the stroke marks will influence the direction of the crackling.
2. Once the glue is tacky, coat a thick layer of paint. Note: the direction of the stroke marks.
3. Allow paint to dry.
4. Next, to get that finished look, water down the craft paint, spread it over the entire pumpkin, and then wipe it down. This method is similar to glazing cabinets. The darker color will remain in a few cracks and crevices.
5. After the glaze dries, use an old toothbrush to splatter the grey or black paint onto the pumpkin. This technique takes a bit of practice. Gracie and I took a splatter painting class earlier this summer and there really is a method to it. Dip your brush into the paint, then while holding the toothbrush in one hand tap it with the other. How hard you tap determines how much paint comes off the brush. Just practice on a piece of paper, you’ll the hang of it.
6. She removed the stem that was made on the pumpkin and add a wood stick. I really love this idea and it sure adds a designer touch to the finished product.

Now, you have one inexpensive fall project ready to go! Be sure and get those pumpkins early at the dollar store, as they always seem to go fast!

I want to wish all of the students, teachers and school staff a safe and fabulous school year!

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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