Try your hand at these simple marble pumpkins. They’re a quick and easy way to upcycle plain foam craft pumpkins into something fabulous!
You can find them at craft and dollar stores, but if you scout thrift stores regularly, you can get them for nearly nothing. No need to worry about the finish – this pretty technique will cover them right up, in any color combination you love!
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I think my pumpkins originally came from the dollar store. I’ve seen some like them there.
But for me…they came from a thrift store for just $0.25 each.
Obviously, someone had put a paint job on them at some point. I could see a little orange peeking through here and there.
No problem! I brought them home, stashed them in my cabinet, and waited for just the right idea to dress them up.
I’m not one of those people who can think pumpkin projects in June or beach projects in January, so they’ve been sitting and waiting for a little while.
But it was totally worth the wait; this was fun and easy and now I’m looking around for whatever else I can paint with this hydro-paint technique!
I have to admit that the idea wasn’t my own. I snagged it from one of the Bluprint classes I’ve been watching: Fall Ready – Decor + Projects.
Fall Ready is a quick collection containing 5 episodes of fall projects that also include personalized bottle tags, a DIY chalkboard wall hanging, a fall tablescape floral arrangement, and a fall flavors party platter (which is definitely going on my Thanksgiving table this year!)
The cute pumpkins grabbed my attention first, and since there was paint involved, I jumped right in with them.
So…on to the project!
Gather your supplies (they’re few) and let’s get started.
Supplies for Marble Pumpkins:
- foam pumpkins
- small bucket or basin (larger than the diameter of your pumpkins)
- spray paints of your choice
- metal skewer or fork
- stirring stick (I used the handle of a fly swatter)
To get started, fill the bucket about 2/3 full of water.
Next, alternate spraying paint directly into the water. Make sure you’ve covered any surface you don’t want to be painted with a dropcloth or similar protection.
Use as many layers of paint as you want. I sprayed each of my two colors in 3-4 times.
When you’re happy with the amount of paint in your water, gently swirl it around with a stirring stick. This will help blend the colors so you don’t end up with a concentration of a single color in any one place.
Push the skewer into the bottom of the pumpkin and submerge it under the water, pushing it down at an angle.
You can swirl it around, or just push it under and pop it right back out.
The water will drip away, but the paint clings to the pumpkin.
And just like that, you have marble pumpkins!
Repeat the whole process if you’re not satisfied with the coverage after the first time. It took a few times for each of the pumpkins before I was happy with what I got.
Or, it could have just been the fact that I felt like a kid in a puddle and wanted to keep playing! 🙂
Give your marble pumpkins a few minutes to dry, then take them off the skewer.
I found the easiest way to dry them was to leave them right on the skewer and lay it over the top of the bucket.
It was something like 200 degrees outside the day I painted my pumpkins so it didn’t take long at all for them to dry.
Another perk of living in the no-snow zone, I suppose. 🙂
Choose your colors, grab a bucket of water, and you’re all set to marble most anything you can dunk.
Wouldn’t some marbled DIY Christmas ornaments be fun?