Pumpkin Parade: Paint + Stenciled Pumpkins

Have you been checking in on the Pumpkin Parade? There is some amazing pumpkin showcasing going on, so don’t miss out. And now It’s my turn to show you my pumpkins!

Pumpkin-Before I started with 5 pumpkins of varying sizes. I decided we might as well stick with our love of black and brass (or gold in this case) since we are still stuck in bathroom planning mode.

Black-Pumpkins I spray painted 4 of them black, and one small one gold. I did the opposite on the stems, so black pumpkins got gold stems while the gold pumpkin got a black stem.

*At this point my parents asked what are you doing with the black pumpkins in the yard…sometimes they forget we have a blog. I didn’t answer them just to keep the suspense going.

Swiss-Cross-Stencil I am pretty much obsessed with Swiss Crosses (see all of our nursery designs). I figured why not trace that onto a pumpkin. I recycled a Trader Joe’s bag to cut out the Swiss Cross then traced the cross onto the pumpkin in vertical rows with a gold sharpie. I added crosses diagonally between the rows to fill in the empty space since obviously pumpkins get bigger around the middle (don’t we all).

Stencil I picked up some stencils at Walmart. I used this starburst as my other pattern.

Sparkle-Pumpkin I just traced it (very sloppy) then went back and filled it in. I kinda wish I had just traced neatly and left it like this. Meh oh well.

Pumpkins I did a little hand written Boo along with a classic love initials for Nick and Amber. So romantic. I put them outside our little side door…you know of our studio apartment.

Make sure to check out Boxy Colonial and Cuckoo 4 Design for more Wednesday pumpkin inspiration.

In case you missed it on Monday and Tuesday go see what these ladies have in store for you: Shift Ctrl Art,  Primitive and ProperDecor and the Dog, Newly Woodwards, A Little Bite of Everything, and A Swell Place to Dwell. Look for pumpkin projects on Thursday from Bliss at Home, Go Haus Go, and Interiors by Kenz.

Friday is your day to link up and show us your pumpkins, so get ready!!

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41 Responses to Pumpkin Parade: Paint + Stenciled Pumpkins
  1. Tiffany says:

    I love them! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh YES, this is right down my alley! Black check, gold check, sharpie check….yup totally dig it!

  3. Super cute! I have a feeling it’s all about black + gold this year :) xo Kristin

  4. oh! I love them! black and gold for the win! (huh. black and gold were actually my high school colors, come to think of it). The stenciled ones look very tedious (to do, I mean. not that it’s tedious to look at the finished result). I’m impressed!

  5. I’m obsessed with Swiss crosses too and it’s probably your fault. 😛 Love the black and gold combo!

  6. cassie says:

    these are so fun! love the crosses- so cool!

  7. Ainhoa says:

    Oooh I love them! So stylish. I love that Sharpie pen as well, I used it for my pumpkins too!

  8. I am ga ga for Swiss crosses too and I love what you did here! The stars are so darling. Love the black with the gold! And the reversed stems are fabulous :)

    • Amber says:

      Thank you! I didn’t have a great gold paint options for the stems, but it worked for pumpkins that are going to rot soon anyway! I like Martha Stewart’s gold paint. It actually reads gold!

  9. I love the black pumpkins! And the gold sets it off beautifully. One year, I painted my pumpkins black after Halloween and doused them in glitter for a Twilight party. They actually turned out really cool but I never thought to do it again.

  10. So cute! I see a black and gold theme going on in this parade! And I am obsessed with swiss crosses too…I am actually planning a whole room around them!

    • Amber says:

      Swiss cross lovers unite!! We planned the nursery around a swiss blanket. Well I guess we are still planning since it’s currently still in the “under construction” phase!

  11. Super cute! Love the Swiss cross pumpkin and the monogrammed one!

    • Amber says:

      Thanks! The monogrammed was a sweet little surprise I had waiting for Nick when he saw the vignette. You know DIY and blog stuff is our love language.

  12. Anu says:

    Love them! I have a swiss cross pillow knitting project that I bought wool for last winter and still have to make. Your swiss cross pumpkin’s giving me inspiration to get going on it. :)

  13. Hi! AREN’T THESE THE MOST PERFECTLY QUAINT PUMPKINS! I needed all caps to illustrate my enthusiasm. You could even put them on your bathroom moodboard without missing a beat. The swiss crosses pumpkin is my favorite of the bunch. Don’t worry about the curious parentals, 90% of my neighbors don’t know about my blog and always wonder why I’m outside taking pictures or doing strange things inside the house… we should probably get curtains on that front window soon. I can’t handle the nosy-ness.

    • Amber says:

      Haha I’m pretty sure my neighbors thought I was crazy because I spray painted something every week. Then add the taking picture thing. Oh the glamorous life of a blogger.

  14. I love the brass and black look. love the patterns you chose too.

  15. Your pumpkins look beautiful! I really like the color combo. I found you at the Pumpkin Parade.

  16. Love this one so much! I want to put Swiss crosses everywhere!!

  17. LADONNA says:

    Love this!

  18. Debbie says:

    Found you from the pumpkin parade. Love the black and gold. Might have to try that next year!

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