This is Halloween, this is Halloween… Anyone else watching loads of Tim Burton movies lately? I love October, and not just because it’s my birthday month (go Libras!). But it also means the start of fall and all of the wonderful holidays that come along with the season. The first of which being Halloween!
It’s finally time to adorn our homes with spooky inspired decorations! With that in mind, these vintage art pumpkins are the perfect way capture the seasonal spirit. This year I’m using them as my kitchen table centerpieces! They won’t take you long to make, I used good old mod podge and vintage paintings I found online (link in supplies list). Then dripped liquid gold gilding down the stem and the top. Let’s make some creepy decorations shall we?
- Liquid gold gilding
- Crafting pumpkins
- Sharp scissors
- Clear dry mod podge
- Paper towel
Step 1: Head over to https://www.rijksmuseum.nl, set up an account and search for Jan Augustin van der Goes. Choose the paintings you like, then print images in color.
Step 2: Cut out images.
Step 3: With a sponge brush paint the back of the image with mod podge, then adhere it to the pumpkin. Your paper may not lay flat, that’s ok. Just try your best to gently smooth the image out with your fingers, being careful not to tare the paper.
Step 4: Once your image has adhered to the pumpkin. Take your sponge brush and paint over the entire image, paying special attention to the edges. Use a paper towel to smooth down the image and wipe off excess glue. If you have a few creases just smooth them down so they lay flat. I found the creases helps to add a vintage effect. Clean up excess glue with a paper towel.
Step 5: Before opening your gilding shake it up a few times so it’s well mixed. Then using a medium sized paint brush paint the stem of your pumpkin. Next, fill your brush with a good amount of paint and dab the paint at the top of the pumpkin’s creases. Encourage the paint to drip by adding more paint as needed. Avoid getting any paint on the images by having a paper towel ready to catch exces drips, as it causes the image to discolor.
I hope you enjoy this Halloween craft! Don’t forget to tag your makes on Instagram #blissmakes. Leave a comment below to join the conversation!