Polka Dot Pumpkin Makeover

Updated: Oct 3

After a quick bath to remove some dust and grime, I started by painting a plain coat of white paint over everything. I used white acrylic paint, but you could also use gesso to prepare the surface. I've had this little craft pumpkin for years and it was looking a bit run down. Nothing a little paint can't fix! Read how I did the transformation or watch the video.

Crafting pumpkins can be pretty pricey until they go on clearance. I was thrilled to find this old craft pumpkin as I was digging through my fall decorations this year. It was the perfect specimen for a polka dot pumpkin makeover!

After a quick bath to remove some dust and grime, I started by painting a plain coat of white paint over everything. I used white acrylic paint, but you could also use gesso to prepare the surface.

Once the base coat was dry, I covered everything but the stem with metallic white paint. I used Pearl White by FolkArt brand. I ended up needing two coats of the pearl white. I recommending drying each coat with a hair dryer before adding the next one.

Next, turn the rim of a water bottle cap to coat it with gold metallic paint. I used FolkArt Gold Enamel paint because it was a bit darker than the other gold acrylic paint I had. It went on thick, so I was happy with the effect. I carefully stamped gold circles on the surface of the pumpkin. They weren't perfect, but I liked the unfinished look of them, so I kept them that way.

With a flat paintbrush, pained the inside of each gold circle with my three colors; Peacock Pearl, Copper, & Festive Green (DecoArt Metallic Paint). Two coats gave the perfect coverage.

I felt that it needed a little something more though, so I grabbed another, large bottle cap, and added another gold ring around each polka dot.

Once again, the messy unfinished gold circles really give this little polka dot pumpkin some character!


A couple coats of gold paint on the stem and this pumpkin was ready to be added to my fall decor!

It was the perfect addition to the pumpkins on my fireplace. The colors on this project matched the pop of color pumpkins shelf sitter that I made earlier this season.

Here's the video tutorial for your viewing pleasure:

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