Floral Paint + Pumpkins = Lovely

Do ya'll remember Rochelle's faux mercury glass pumpkins

Well, ever since I saw them I have been trying to figure out how to copy this brilliant idea with real pumpkins.  The other day I had a break-through.  I worked at a florist for about 4 years in high school and college and we used floral spray paint to add color to flowers (and occasionally we did something horrendous like painting roses blue).  Well, the wonderful thing about floral spray paint is that it's non-toxic and it allows the flowers to breathe, which means they will stay fresh for just about as long as normal.  Well, I figured that if it works for flowers, it will probably work for pumpkins, too. 

Unfortunately, the only place I know of that carries the paint is Michael's, and they didn't have the silver.  So no faux mercury glass pumpkins for me this year.  I did find some ivory, though, and with photos like these in mind I snatched it up:

I picked up several mini-pumpkins from Wal-Mart, choosing the palest I could find.  I set to work taping off the stems:
And then gave them a coat of ivory paint:
I haven't displayed them all yet - I have another little project I want to complete before I arrange my fall decor.  They look pretty good, if I do say so myself.  Pretty realistic.  I'll have to let ya'll know how long they last (hopefully through Thanksgiving!).
P.S. Did you notice my gorgeous gray pumpkin?  It was sitting all by itself in Wal-Mart, begging me to buy it.  I always see gray pumpkins in magazines, but I've never seen one in a store.  I was so excited to find one!

P.P.S.  I just did some searching and you can find silver floral paint online if you want to do the mercury glass.  Check here or here.


Karli @ RockyBella said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the white pumpkin look. Your look fantastic. I will definitely try to copy!

Patricia said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the pumpkins!
Never did see a gray one how cute is that?

Victoria said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea! I love the look of the white pumpkins.

My parents recently returned from TN with a huge Cinderella pumpkin they bought from the Amish for $3.50. I chided them for not buying their daughters some! :)

Karyn @ Candarbry Garden said... Best Blogger Tips

I have been setting up my autumn decor, and alot of spray paint has been used, but you should probably swing by to see my spraypaint story! http://candarbrygarden.blogspot.com/
I have been popping in once in a while to see what clever thing you have done and often file your ideas in the "I would like to try" file! I do like the pumpkins, but I am about spray painted out this year, maybe next!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely, Britt! :) I am loving all the white pumpkins this year. Visiting from Julia's party. :)

newlyweds said... Best Blogger Tips

How pretty and what a wonderful idea, I just love pumpkins.

Pragya said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm new to United States and loving all these pumpkin posts and pictures!!

Julie@beingRUBY said... Best Blogger Tips

Fabulous idea and results and I love your inspiration photos too. Here in Australia I do not think I have ever seen a white pumpkin. Have a great weekend. Julie

Karyn @ Candarbry Garden said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for stopping in, I enjoy your posts, so I will be popping in from time to time. I found you when you only had one or two posts up. Looks like you have been very busy!

Courtney said... Best Blogger Tips

great idea!!! I really didn't know about that paint and now cant wait to get to michaels and start using them!!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said... Best Blogger Tips

I am loving white pumpkins - never thought to paint real ones though. Thanks for the tip. I really love the gray one!

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