For years I've been wanting to grow these beautiful gray/blue/green pumpkins, but they take up a lot of garden space and my husband has been leery of giving up any of his tomato turf. Next year I am really going to push for these, but in the meantime, I made some faux.
|The stunning slate gray/blue Jarrahdale Pumpkin was my inspiration.|
I spotted these fabulous fakes in the PB catalog and saw the price, from $69 to $119 each, and while I loved them I knew I would never pay that price.
|Aren't they gorgeous?|
I love these newsprint pumpkins too, from $59 to $99. Possibly worth it as I can't imagine myself decoupaging styrofoam pumpkins.
Still, I am pretty practical at heart and figured I could DIY a little something. I started out with some orange styrofoam pumpkins bought after season last year at 90% off. I painted them with Benjamin Moore's Gettysburg Gray, a leftover sample from last spring when we painted our family room and finally decided on Kingsport Gray. Turns out Gettysburg Gray is the PERFECT choice for this project. Just the right amount of gray, blue and green. If you are lucky enough to live close to a Ben Moore store, they sell this in the sample size.
After two coats of the gray I let them dry overnight.
Next, I watered down a brown acrylic glaze, painted it all over and while still wet, wiped most of it off with a damp cloth. This gave it a bit of depth. These are a dead ringer for the beautiful Jarrahdale pumpkin.
While I am not ready for summer to be over, not by a long shot, I am starting to feel a little snap of fall in the air and it's only mid-August. Strange. The leaves on our mulberry tree are just beginning to fall. The kids around here are back in school already and I am seeing Halloween displays in the shops. Even though I got a jump on the pumpkin display, I have not given up on summer and am still working on a white cotton cardigan, (I would have had it done in June if I hadn't started so many other projects.) So autumn really should just hold tight, I still have a bit of summer to do!
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