October 2, 2011

Pottery Barn Copycat Metallic Pumpkins

If you saw my last post about "acorn bling" you'll know how much I love glamming things up with shiny silver paint.  And adding unexpected punch to the traditional reds, yellows and oranges of fall.

I got inspired to make these pumpkins while browsing one of my favorite sites called Copycat Crafts, looking for some unique fall decorating ideas.

They featured a blogger,  Nice Girl Notes, who didn't feel like paying $24 a pumpkin that Pottery Barn was asking. I didn't either.

Pottery Barn calalog pumpkins
I liked how her version turned out so much I decided to try my own spin on it too.
Here's how I did it:

-Went to Hobby Lobby and bought a few small hard plastic orange pumpkins, like these:

-Bought Rust-oleum Bright Coat Metallic spraypaint (look for the bright shiny silvery-gold caps). This way, they will look more like shiny mercury and not a grayish silver like regular silver spray paint.

-Laid the pumpkins out on newsprint and got ready to paint!

Sprayed one light coat of paint on all pumpkins. Allowed to dry, sprayed another coat and allowed that coat to dry. (About 30 min).

-After the pumpkins were completely dry, I lightly scuffed them with sandpaper (oh, how I love distressing things) to show a hint of the orange underneath.
And...I was done!

shiny pumpkins sitting pretty on my cabinet

Linked up with: Life In The Motherhood Harvest Party


  1. U r so creative Kristina! I luv the different twists u put on traditional things :-) it gets my creative juices flowing :-)

  2. Kristina, I just wanted to let you know I read every single post on your blog and I'm always so impressed! I wish I had an ounce of your craftiness!

  3. Thanks so much ladies, my hope is to inspire and encourage!

  4. i would never have thought of this! love it.


  5. What a cute idea! I love the distressing so that you can still see a little orange peeking through!

    Just wanted to let you know that this is going to be featured on our blog tomorrow! Thanks for linking up!


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