Next, I worked on taking some shine off the leaves. As the leaves were smaller, instead of spray painting them sparsely like I did with the pumpkin’s body, I used black gilders paste. This process is very simple. First you rub your finger on the black gilders paste, then you rub your finger on the surface you want to gild.
Once I was done with the leaves, I moved on to the stems. Now here is the surprise part: I used real pumpkin stems! Yes, real pumpkin stems! You see…I love pumpkins, so every year, I try to grow some in our vegetable garden. I use some of them for home decoration, and Greg uses the rest in his kitchen. We keep our entire pumpkin harvest in our garage until we use them, because pumpkins tend to last quite a long time in a cold and dry area. Put it this way, our harvest usually lasts until February, if not longer, because by February we usually finish them all 😀
Anyway…just before Greg uses them to make a pie, I make sure I harvest the stems. I cut the stems off, clean the pumpkin meat off them (if any), then I wash them with tap water and dry them with a paper towel. After all this washing and cleaning, I put them in a cardboard box without covering the top and let them be. Once they dry, I have my pumpkin stems in perfect condition to use in my crafts 😉
After this short sidetrack, let’s get back to our metal pumpkins, shall we?
Yes, so I used a real pumpkin stem, but you can use a plastic stem from a faux pumpkin to do what I did. I chose 2 pumpkin stems (I was making 2 pumpkins remember?) and drilled the bottom parts with my step drill bit.
Here is an important note: as I was so excited about my project I somehow forgot all the safety rules (which is big no-no) and drilled the stems while I was holding them with my hand. But you should NOT copy what I did. Please think of your safety first and use either a vice or something similar to hold your stem while drilling.
After drilling the bottoms, I spray painted the stems with Rust Oleum Aged Metallic Weathered Steel spray paint. I didn’t list this paint in the supplies list, because it is really an optional thing. You can get the same effect just by using a metallic gray craft paint.
Once the paint dried, I gilded them with black gilders paste to give the same effect that the rest of the pumpkin elements had.
I also needed some vines to dramatize the whole thing, so I cut a piece of vine-wrapped craft wire and coiled it.
Now that all the elements were ready, I put the pumpkin together. To do so, I first unscrewed the last hex nut and placed the coiled vine on top of the straps.
Next, I placed the aluminum leaves, one-by-one, on top of the vine.
Then, I screwed the hex nut back in its place to secure the whole thing.
As the final step, I hot glued the painted and gilded stem on top of the rod and hex nut, and that was the end of my Pottery Barn Knockoff Metal Pumpkins project.
Not bad, eh? Looks like DIY fall decor wins again!
Considering that I made them for a fraction of the cost from Pottery Barn, I think I did a pretty good job with these 😀
Here are some close-up pictures for you.
This year, I again will be harvesting some pumpkin stems, because using real stems makes all the difference with these types of projects.
If you like pumpkins as much as I do, you will also love my sisal twine pumpkins.
Aren’t they the cutest pumpkins ever? If you want to learn how I made them, click here or on the image above 🙂
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