It’s the first fall feeling weekend of the year. I woke up to temps in the 40’s Saturday morning….perfect! We donned our sweaters and headed to a local orchard to pick some apples. We took a hay ride, had some cider, and baked a pie. I was on a roll so I decided to spruce up my front porch for the season. It’s not complete yet, but I did pick up some pumpkins and started playing around with paint. I’ve done this in the past but with bats and spiders. This year for a new home I decided to do a monogram….oooh fancy!
I actually have a smaller front porch at this house so I scaled back a bit this year. Only a handful of pumpkins and mums with a few other accents. I promise I’ll show you the finished product next week when I’m done futzing with it.
Painting a pumpkin is really quite simple and it will last the season if done right. Or you could just let your toddler do it.
Really glad I got some little ones to appease her during this process. Such a helper.
I picked a pumpkin for myself that had a smooth flatter surface in a nice dark orange. I cleaned it up and sprayed it with an all-purpose sealer. This helps the paint stick.
Then I sketched my monogram with a Sharpie. In hindsight I could have done the whole thing in Sharpie but I didn’t. I think I like the look of paint better, more depth. That being said I just saw Sharpie paint markers for all surfaces…might need to try those on another pumpkin down the road. (I love Sharpies, I have them in every color and almost exclusively use their pens. And no this is not sponsored :) )
Then I painted over my sketch. Once that was dry I sprayed on another coat of sealer.
Add a pretty burlap bow and done! So easy and so pretty.
I’ve moved it several times already today and will continue to do so this week. Hopefully by next weekend I will have a porch I am happy with and can share with you.
Do you decorate with pumpkins? What’s your technique? I would love some more inspiration.
Thanks for visiting!