Add a little charm to your Fall Mantel Decor with Chalk Painted Pumpkins. You can never go wrong with some cute pumpkins to add to your fall decorations. Well unless they’re not the cutest color of course. So if you are shopping around for pumpkins but can never find the right color you’ve come to the right place! I will show you all the tips and tricks when it comes to chalk painting pumpkins. But don’t forget to read all the way through, because I am sharing 20+ fall mantels that will inspire you!
Fall Mantel Decor with Chalk Painted Pumpkins
When creating this simple fall mantel, I wanted to add a few blue heirloom style pumpkins to it. But I couldn’t find pumpkins in the store in this color and style so I chalk painted them. If you are new to chalk painting or need more tips on specific chalk painting techniques. We have a Ebook that is super helpful with all the tips and tricks you want to know about chalk painting and we talk about brands and fusion mineral paint too.
Chalk Painting Pumpkins
To start the process I went with Sea Glass blue by Dixie Belle. I just used a chippy brush to apply the paint, this only took one coat. Once the paint was dry I added a white wax. You can apply the wax with another chippy brush or rag. More wax was applied to the details of the pumpkin, then I took a rag and whipped off the excess wax. You can use a grey wax or dark wax as well to get that heirloom pumpkin look.
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Here is our YouTube DIY Chalk Painting Pumpkins for Fall Video. I hope you find it helpful and be sure to subscribe for more video tutorials.
Now it’s time to apply the gold! I used Rub and Buff antique gold for the stem and leaves. Dixie Belle also has a soft gold gilding wax that is not as bold. A foam brush works best for applying both of these products. I will include some commonly asked questions below.
Do I have to clear wax first?
You don’t have to. On this project I just started off with the white wax. But if you want your white wax to go on smoother and be able to blend more, I would do a clear wax first.
Do I have to seal it when it’s finished?
I personally did not seal these pumpkins afterwards. The wax and gold gilding does take about 24 hours to dry. If you want to seal, I would use a clear polyacrylic. I have another chalk painting pumpkin tutorial that uses a different technique.
Another great alternative instead of chalk painting, is to use spray chalk paint. It has a super smooth and thin finish. You can apply the wax just as you would with normal chalk paint.
You can brush on your paint or use a spray chalk paint. Either way it will turn out great! Do you need some more ideas for Fall decor, but you’re on a budget? Well check out my post on decorating for Fall on a budget!
Can I paint metal pumpkins?
Yes. Chalk painting on metal requires the same prep as these pumpkins. I will give you a link on how to chalk paint over metal.
Can I paint foam pumpkins?
Yes. Foam pumpkins work great. Depending on the type of foam pumpkin, the paint might soak in. So you might have to apply a couple coats.
Can I paint glass pumpkins?
Yes you can chalk paint glass pumpkins! I know isn’t that so cool. Usually you can just apply a couple coats without prepping. But to be safe I would lightly sand the pumpkins, for better adhering.
Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any questions. If you would really like to get started with chalk painting, we have a beginners ebook!
And today I’ve been joined by some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their Fall decor ideas through their Fall mantel decor or Fall Vignette. Just click on the links below the images to see more…