A couple of years ago, Mitch and I made gingham pumpkins and our photos started showing up all over the place! It was really fun. And right now, I’m actually in the process of painting our current pumpkins for a little November facelift!
So inspired by this magical 70-degree fall weather we’ve been having, I thought I’d re-publish my most-loved fall post, shot on our first block in Chicago. ♥️
Let us know if you have any questions; it’s pretty easy!
DIY Gingham Pumpkins Tutorial
Time: Approximately 1-2 hours with drying
- Drop cloth or newspaper
- Paper plates or cardboard
- White paint (Acrylic is best, but we actually used Behr house paint since we had it laying around. Ha! Worked fine.)
- Navy paint
Start by painting the pumpkin white. We used Behr paint only because we happened to have it in our back room. (Worked great.) Our pumpkins took two coats.
On a palette or paper plate, mix the white and navy paint to to create your desired light blue shade. Then paint vertical stripes following the natural lines of the pumpkin. These lines are narrowest at the top and widest in the middle.
Paint a small border around the jagged areas around the stem.
Paint horizontal stripes by filling in the gaps between the vertical lines. Some measurement may be required to keep the lines a consistent width.
Darken the areas where the vertical and horizontal lines intersect.
Aaaand you’ve done it!
Shop the post:
Pumpkins / Drop cloth or newspaper / Paper plates or cardboard / White paint (Acrylic is best, but we actually used Behr house paint since we had it laying around. Ha! Worked fine.) / Navy paint / Paintbrushes
Navy Turtleneck (Also love this one and this one.) / Stuart Weitzman Lowland Boots (Here in brown and here in brown with a gold heel!) / Newer Plaid Skirt / Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM (Looking for an affordable brown tote? I LOVE this one!) / Sweater Blazer (More affordable here.) / Emma’s Hunter Boots (Non-glossy here. Adult version here.) / Emma’s Tartan Leggings