Thursday, September 9, 2010

$3 Thursday - silver pumpkin

Doesn't this silver pumpkin look like it was more than a dollar?

It reminds me of some glass pumpkins I have seen.
I got the glass look with a thrift budget.

A few weeks ago I picked up this pumpkin for 50 cents.

What a steal.  It still had the original price tag with $5.99 on it!

I knew I wanted to paint it so I gathered some painting supplies that I had on hand.
Silver paint, a shimmer gold paint and a gloss sealer.

I have painted a few projects with these cans already so the cost of paint per project was pretty minimal.

Since it was a bit windy today I set up a painting box.

I painted the pumpkin with a couple light coats of the silver paint.

Once the paint was dry I put some water on it.
Yeah seems strange but I thought it would help me get the look I wanted.

While the water was still on the pumpkin I sprayed silver and then the gloss coating on it.
I was hoping for some spots to help it look more like glass.

Since it was cool here today I did use a heat gun to dry the water drops.
The paint and gloss did dry into small drops, sort of like bubbles you might see in glass.
I wasn't able to get any good pictures to show the subtle texture it gave the pumpkin.
You will have to take my word for it.
It is there, just like I wanted.

It will be a great addition to my sweatshirt pumpkins from last week.
I like the contract of the sleek silver pumpkins with the more rustic looking pumpkins.

I'm not ready to pull out all my fall items quite yet but I did make a small display for now. 

My cost for this silver pumpkin -  $.50
I did use some paint and gloss that I had on hand.


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  1. This is awesome. I've been thinking about how to decorate my front door this year for Hallowe'en.. I usually do pumpkins and straw, sometime with some vibrant crysanthmums... BUT painting a pumpkin is much more economical. I totally want to do some red ones. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Great idea for the pumpkin! I am still in denial that fall is upon us and Halloween is right around the corner.

    I am stopping by from New Friend Friday! Great blog!

    Karen @

  3. Love it...I love anything that shines, sparkles etc. Good idea. I so need to get ready for fall.

  4. This is just darling!! I've been thinking of painting some I know I'm gonna for sure! :D I'd love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I would also like to invite you to link your sweet creations up at my weekly FABULOUS FRIDAY FINDS party! Hope to see you there!
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~


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