My chalk-style and milk paint was provided by Plaid Crafts.
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These painted dollar store pumpkins turned into the perfect filler for my dough bowl. I was so excited when I saw them at the Dollar Tree the other day...their textures are really unique. With just a little paint and fun, they now blend in perfectly with my decor.
Remember when I said I wasn't purchasing any new fall decor? I'm not sure what in the heehaw happened, but that notion went flying out the window. My intentions were noble. But my love for pumpkins was not. My only excuse here is that these pumpkins were from Dollar Tree...so legitimately just a dollar. Each. Never mind that I bought 15. I still saved sooo much, right? I better just stop trying to explain my way out of my habits right now. But do check out this fun painted dollar store pumpkins tutorial below.
Aren't these so fun, y'all? Sometimes I feel like my decor can fall a little flat, seasonally. But adding in some of my home's own colors through paint has made me really happy with these Dollar Tree pumpkins. Seriously, the texture is my fave.
I used my Folk Art paints for these...both chalk-style and milk ones. Half of my pumpkins ended up with the final color of Winter Harbor (in the milk paint). The others were a mixture of equal parts Winter Harbor, Cabinet Maker's Blue, and Blue Belle. They formed my perfect aquaish-blue that is so prevalent in our home.
I also used a wax puck in between my paint types...this helped the top coat sand off easily where I wanted it to. I love my wax puck and use it alllll the time. You can grab one here on Amazon. I also use a sanding sponge when I sand...it's much easier to grip than sandpaper on these small, hand-held projects. I buy these kind on Amazon here (I prefer the medium grit for projects like these).
Since these pumpkins were resin, I started by using a coat of white chalk-style paint so it would adhere really well to the surface. I did no other prep at all. I wanted a bit of a layered paint look, which is why I used milk paint for the top layer...since it would react a bit differently than chalk-style paint does.
After the chalk-style paint dried, I used that wax puck all over the piece. The wax makes it harder for the next layer of paint to completely adhere...making it easier to achieve those fun, chippy looks we're all loving these days. It helps that top layer to sand off very easily...without disturbing a lot of the bottom layer of paint.
Then I brushed on the milk paint (this was my color mixture one here).
You do not need to wait for the wax to dry or anything...it's not really a "wet" item as it goes on.
Let your pumpkin dry completely after the milk paint. Then lightly sand off some of the milk paint areas. You can see some of that base-layer of white paint showing through here. I do not seal these particular pieces, but you can use a clear varnish, if you like.
A perfect little shabby aqua pumpkin.
I did a complete step-by-step video live on Facebook with this tutorial.
Click here to check it out.
A big ol' pile of pumpkins makes me happy.
On a few of these, I didn't use a chalk paint base coat...
so their red and orange colors show through really nicely.
Drop by your Dollar Tree to grab some of these. I found them at several of the locations in our area...I may have cleaned them out at one (wink!).