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HOW TO MAKE A FALL PUMPKIN DOOR HANGER

Haley MurrayComment

Happy Fall loves! Today I'm sharing a little fun pumpkin I painted with y'all! This is by no means a professional pumpkin door hanger, but if you're like me and love to crack out the paint every once in a while then you'll love this! I bought this pumpkin shape at Hobby Lobby for $10 (but really like $6 because it was on sale) and got to painting.

So a very inexpensive way to add a little Fall charm to your front door!

THINGS YOU'LL NEED:

  • Pumpkin Shape- It's not online, but I found this one in the Fall section where the kids crafts are located.  (This is also really cute, but I didn't see it in store. You could even paint it and put it on top of the pumpkin if you're not into using your own handwriting.)
  • Foam brushes
  • 3-4 shades of pink, 2-3 shades of green, light beige, white, & gold paint
  • Q-tips... (You'll love my explanation for this...)
  • Ribbon of choice
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STEP ONE: PAINT PUMPKIN WHITE
For the first step, I practically dry brushed it. I wanted it to have dimension and not be so perfect so don't freak out if your pumpkin isn't perfectly solid. Unless you want it perfectly solid, then by all means please do freak out and get it how you want it! : )

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STEP TWO: PAINT PUMPKIN DETAILS
Turn the one inch foam brush sideways with barely any beige paint on it and curve lines from the top of the pumpkin to the bottom to add some dimension. To soften the edges of the beige go back over the curved lines you just made with the white paint brush, but don't reload the white paint on there. This is just a dry brush to soften the beige up if that makes sense.

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STEP THREE: PAINT FLOWER BACKGROUNDS
This is where you will start to panic and say SH*% am I painting pink cow spots on my white pumpkin door hanger? Don't panic. Just keep creating cloud shaped pink blobs. It will all work out in the end. I used the second darkest shade first to create the base of the flowers.

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STEP FOUR: PAINT SECOND LAYER OF FLOWERS
Next up use a similar shade and add some different sections of pink on top of the pink clouds you already made. This step is really just about creating layers. Also it will still look like a pink cow pumpkin at this point. Still no reason to be alarmed : )

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STEP FIVE: PAINT THIRD LAYER OF FLOWERS
This is where the magic starts to happen, but its not 100% yet. I know this is like the best tutorial you have ever read right now, but the best thing about painting to me is that anything goes! You got to bust out your own vision for this and make it yours. So add the third layer of these flowers by really blending the lighter shade of pink in to the two previous layers. This is where I used... Q-Tips. I can never find my paint brushes, but I always have q-tips. It sounds crazy, but I like the whispiness they add. Definitely use a paint brush if 1) you're more comfortable using one or 2) can actually find where you've stuck them.

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STEP SIX: PAINT LEAVES & STEM & ADJUST FLOWERS
BOOM. I may have skipped a few photos here, but this is where you've got to put your own creative mark on your pumpkin. I decided my flowers were too "Spring" pink so I added a darker shade of cranberry pink to the outsides of my flowers and used that same shade to create my flower "center dots." For the leaves start with the lighter shade of green and then go over it with the slightly darker shade to add some dimension. For the stems I needed a touch of gold. I painted the stem solid gold and then went back in with a different gold paint pen to add some you guessed it... DIMENSION. haha (Drinking Game Alert. I feel like every time I've said dimension people should take a sip of their wine.)

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STEP EIGHT: WRITE YOUR WORDS OR NOT UP TO YOU!
Surprise. Surprise. I wrote the word FALL. I considered writing our last name, but there's something about that that seems weird to me for the front door. I think a monogram would be darling though! Options are endless. You do you!

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TIPS:

  • A paint pen for the words would probably work best, but a paint brush works too.
  • If you don't have a glass storm door, you may want to add a clear coat of lacquer once it's all dry to protect it from the elements.
  • If you have the space in between your door and glass door (or don't have a glass door) and painting flowers isn't really your thing, then glue gunning some pretty faux flowers would be darling!

So there you have it guys! I hope you take this and make it your own. Pour yourself a little glass of wine and get to painting! Sometimes you just need to create! Especially at the beginning of a new season.

Have so much fun!

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