I’m pretty sure anyone who knows me will agree with me when I say I should never (I repeat never) be trusted to wield a knife alone. Couple that with the fact that I live 40 minutes away from the nearest pumpkin patch (or 10 blocks from a grocery store) and there’s simply no way I was carving giant Jack-o’-lanterns this Halloween.
Allow me to explain my feelings: this is devastating. Carving pumpkins is one of my favorite things about fall–I used to spend weeks planning what face I would carve out with my dad (for those who are curious, I ALWAYS picked the short, fat pumpkins).
I really wanted to come up with a way to still bring some festive bits to my apartment, so I picked up a few smaller pumpkins and hit up my second home (aka Michaels Craft Store).
I love the look of chic black pumpkins (who ever thought pumpkins could be chic?) so when I found chalkboard paint, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. I coated two pumpkins in it and took chalk to one.
Next up was gold leaf–which is actually much easier than you’d think! For this, I chose pretty white pumpkins because I wanted the look to be more organic and natural.
Paint gold leaf adhesive anywhere that you’d like to have the gold leaf appear. It’s important to note that it won’t stick anywhere that doesn’t have the adhesive base. Wait at least 20-30 minutes for the adhesive to turn clear and tacky.
The gold leaf will come in packs (there were eight sheets in mine) attached to wax paper. This makes it super easy to mold directly to your surface, and ensures that you use up an entire sheet (no wasting, people!).
Lay the gold leaf over the adhesive, press down and remove. I wanted my pumpkins to look a little pieced together and messy, so I didn’t bother being precise, but you can if you’d like a more uniform look. I also had great luck doing gold leaf polka dots on the remaining black pumpkin–like I mentioned, it only sticks to where the adhesive is, so it’s as simple as painting adhesive circles and sticking on gold leaf!
These were definitely a fun way to dress up our mantle, aka the shelf below our windowsill, and add a little Halloween flair to our home. What’s your favorite way to decorate for the spooky season?