Last year on our fall California vacation we made a stop into a little store called TARGET. Not surprisingly, they had the most EPIC fall décor items. Sadly, my suitcase was not large enough to bring back many of the items I wanted to- among them these adorable studded Pumpkins. I wasn’t too disappointed though, I figured- how hard could it possibly be to make my own?
Turns out the toughest part of creating them was finding the ghost pumpkins I wanted! That said, if you’ve been Following along with our #instastories we’ve been keeping you updated about where in the city to find them! Most recently, we heard a bag of several ghost pumpkins could be found at “no frills” for under $3! STEAAAL! AND, if you don’f feel like heading out to buy more- do what Richelle did-repurpose your Thanksgiving Pumpkins with a little Rust Oleum Spray Paint!
For the actual studs – I got a few different kids of studs in packages of 100 because I wanted to have lots of options! Make sure you buy the studs with prongs and not the ones with screws for the back.
I was able to find some at Michaels that were in an “Antique” Gold, so I chose to spray paint those ones to make them shinier, that said, some of the antique patina comes through, which I Love!
I also found some more ‘modern’ studs on Amazon ( Pyramid and Cone shaped) that did not require spray painting.
Thumb tacks can also be used if you like!
Here’s What you Need:
- Ghost Pumpkins & Mini pumpkins of assorted colors
- Fabric Studs (See above!)
- Rust Oleum Spray Paint (Found at Home Depot)
- Paint Brush (Michaels)
- Gold Acrylic Paint ( Michaels)
What to do:
- Choose which pumpkins to spray paint (we did Black, Gold and matte Grey). I recommend doing this outside or in a garage. I put kraft packing paper and garbage bags down, and wore rubber gloves to avoid mess!
- Then use gold Spray Paint to paint Fabric Studs. I found it near impossible to find shiny gold studs at any craft store. So this was the best way to achieve the look! Again use kraft paper.
- The studs have a tendency to lay on the face (which is where you want the paint to be), so I found I just sprayed some of the paint into a small “puddle” and dipped the studs in. Then lay to dry on their side, try to rotate after about a half hour.
- If you are not keen to spend the time spray painting studs, you can also search for “gold fabric studs” on Amazon and eliminate this step!
- The next day, Once paint has dried on black pumpkins, Paint all pumpkin stems Gold with Acrylic Paint.
- Once Studs have dried, decide where you want to place them on your pumpkin. I chose to place some along the seams on some, do a sort of Ombre on one and to create designs on others. Get creative!
- Stand back and wait for the compliments to roll in on your awesome Fall/ Halloween Décor!
After Spray Painting:
“Helping” with VERY close supervision