DIY Faux Terra Cotta Pumpkins
I remember seeing this pumpkin trend last year. We were wrapping up the living room renovation and starting on the kitchen next. Since living here most of my time and budget goes into fixing up this old place and not so much into decorating it, and especially not seasonally or for holidays. We still have a ways to go on the renovation, but the more we get done on the house, the more smaller decor projects and interior styling I’ll be doing. I honestly enjoy both sides of that coin, but it’s REALLY nice doing a fun little project that takes a day to complete instead of a month plus blood sweat and tears lol! And while I may be late to the DIY terra cotta pumpkins it’s definitely feeling better late than never!
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DIY Faux Terra Cotta Pumpkin Supplies
Jack o lantern Pumpkins
I got these black jack o lantern pumpkins, this bigger orange pumpkin, and these smaller ones from At Home. You can also click on the photos below. They are exactly what I was looking for in quality and price, and they’re cute! I’ll also link a few other options I found at the end of this article.
To create the terra cotta look I mixed these two paints I found on Amazon.
You can see how I blended them below. This is one of my favorite paint brushes for small crafts or furniture projects. And gloves which I actually do recommend using after not using them myself ha!
How to Paint the Pumpkins
It took 3 coats with the paint mixture. I made small batches at a time. I put the two colors right beside each other in my container, but didn’t mix them. That gave me freedom to figure out what color tone I wanted. You can see above how I dipped my paint brush more into the darker color than the lighter one at about a 2:1 ratio. And you can see below how I didn’t completely blend the colors together. This added at lot of dimension to the overall look after three coats.
I sprinkled in some baking soda to the paint on the first coat only. I added just enough to give some texture. Then the other two coats can help lock it down. After the last coat I went back in and lightly feathered on more of the both colors until I was happy with the result. It was really fun creative project!
Finished Terra Cotta Pumpkins
And ta-da! Aren’t they cool?! Even Ed remarked that you wouldn’t know they aren’t terra cotta! I can’t wait to see them lit up when it gets closer to Halloween! But I think I’ll enjoy the back of them as terra cotta pumpkins for awhile before I turn them around. Keep scrolling to see how cute they are even from the back!
The Pumpkin Side
Yep let’s take a moment to appreciate the backside! Haha! I really enjoy the way terra cotta looks in our home. It just fits. It ties in well with our potted plants and brick chimneys. And isn’t it a lovely transition between Summer and Fall? Then you turn them around and boom Halloween fun! Perfect!
DIY Faux Terra Cotta Pumpkins
I was so excited to share this project I rushed right to my computer when I was done! Easy and fun! It’s definitely not too late to try this trend! I know I’ll be enjoying these in our Fall decor for years! And I already want to make more! I linked a few more pumpkin options below. How cute would the stacked ones be?! Even though it’s hot outside these pumpkins have me looking forward to the next season. I hope they inspire some excitement for Fall in you too!
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