For all of you procrastinators out there, you are not alone! I’ve got a last minute Halloween DIY, and it only requires TWO items. I picked up some liquid metal paint the other day and made metal drip pumpkins. They’re absolutely gorgeous. I just love the effect it creates. Its shiny sheen metallic glaze totally adds the perfect touch atop these little mini gourds! They also make great Thanksgiving decorations. and would look amazing as centerpieces.
All you need:
- Mini Pumpkins (painted white, optional)
- Viva Precious Metal Colour
As I was browsing Joann’s Fabrics & Crafts, I found metal effect paints in the clearance section and knew right away I wanted to drizzle them on something! It’s water-based and non-toxic. This project can get a little messy, so be sure to have cardboard or scrap paper underneath your pumpkins when pouring on the paint. I chose Turquoise, Violet, and Copper as my colors for that Fall-Autumny feel. I haven’t searched hard enough this season for white pumpkins yet, but I didn’t have them on hand. I just spray painted my tiger stripe gourds white instead. You could also use mini faux ones and use them over and over again.
Start by slowly pouring the metal paint on to the top of the pumpkin around the stem. It helps to do one side at a time, so you can hold and angle the pumpkin downward to get that natural drip down the sides. Holding the stem, keep pouring and guiding the paint until the drips are consistent around each side. The dry time is about 1 to 3 hours, depending on how thick the paint is near the top. For me, it all seemed to dry relatively quick. I’m obsessed with these colors together for Halloween. Gold in place of the purple would make a lovely Thanksgiving palette with that Copper and Turquoise though!
I have come across a lot of tutorials for drip painted pumpkins all over the internet, but this metallic paint is unlike any other material I’ve seen. It dries so evenly and has a silky satiny finish that sparkles. It’s completely flush and doesn’t leave a goopy mess. It almost looks as if the pumpkins were naturally grown this way in a magical & fantastical pumpkin patch! No, seriously… they’re so fab. Check out your local craft stores and pick up some of these precious metal paints. They’re so easy to work with and look amazing. I can’t wait to try more DIY’s using them. I really want to see if they can marbleize like fingernail polish. Oh the possibilities!