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It’s almost the middle of September, and I am going fall crazy over here! Today I spent the day chalk painting pumpkins and in between drying times I have been decorating for the Harvest Home Blog Hop which begins next Tuesday! This coming Saturday I am going junkin’ at the Country Living Fair, which means I won’t be able to do any crafting or decorating that day, so I am really rushing to get things ready now! I wanted to use the burlap pumpkins in some vignettes for the tour, so I hustled and finished some today and I am so glad I did. Now I am excited to show you how you can make some DIY shabby vintage burlap pumpkins too! They turned out so pretty and even though I have tons of other things to do, I am heading back to Dollar Tree tomorrow to buy a few more. Just take a look at these beauties! I need a whole bucket full!
Now I’ll show you how easy it is to take some “so-so” burlap pumpkins to “wowza!” in just about 30 minutes (plus drying time). These chalk painted burlap pumpkins are super easy my friends!
I never know when inspiration will hit, but I love just looking around at the Dollar Tree to see if I can find anything for fun and inexpensive projects. I found several “potential” pumpkins that I wanted to make over. I just received my shipment of DecoArt Chalky Finish chalk paint earlier this week so I was excited to get started!
Today I worked mainly on the burlap pumpkins. While they are still cute the way they are originally, I didn’t like being able to see the styrofoam through the burlap, so that gave me the idea to try painting them. The only thing I did to prep the pumpkins was remove any long stringy pieces of hot glue that must have been originally left over from the where the stem was glued on, and I also removed the stems to make the pumpkins easier to paint.
To remove the stem you just have to gently pull it out. Some of the burlap may come off, but if that happens you can hot glue it back down. It will not be noticeable after the pumpkin is painted.
I am using a lot of neutrals in my fall decor, so I chose to paint my pumpkins with Decoart chalky finish chalk paint in Whisper (white) and Everlasting (antique white).
I simply just started by loading up my paint brush pretty thickly and painting away. A regular paintbrush will work fine, but the sponge brush worked well for squishing the paint down in the areas where the styrofoam was showing.
I had four pumpkins, so I painted two in Whisper (right) and the other two in Everlasting (left). I love this chalk paint! I wanted the pumpkins to look shabby, rustic and distressed, so I did not give them total coverage. Chalk paint dries rather quickly on hard surfaces, but the fabric takes a little longer. I just set my pumpkins to the side to dry and did some decorating while I waited.
After they dried I reattached the stems. First I glued any loose burlap down along with the stems. I really didn’t mind the brown stems how they were, but I added just a bit of Whisper paint to make the stems a little more natural looking.
Once the stems were secure it was time for the fun part…vintage embellishments!
I collect vintage keys so I had plenty in my craft stash.
For my first pumpkin I just tied on a single antique skeleton key. So simple!
For the rest I was wanting some vintage style word charms, so when I found these Tim Holtz Idea-ology charms I knew they would be perfect.
There are several more word charms in the package, but I chose “Artful” and “Wander” for two of the other pumpkins. I wanted them all to be a little different.
I chose keys that were pretty close in color and patina to the charms. I love this look!
The crafting is finished and I am very pleased with my shabby vintage burlap pumpkins! But, now comes the hardest part…where to style them? I do hope you’ll come back next Thursday for my fall home tour to see where they end up. Right now your guess is as good as mine! If you love fall decorating and vintage style you certainly won’t want to miss the tour. We are giving away a door prize too! Hope to see you there!
Have you been doing any pumpkin painting? Please share in the comment section below. I would love be inspired by you too!
Happy pumpkin painting!
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