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DIY Copper Pumpkins for the Holidays

Aged Copper Pumpkins

I was recently asked to paint and donate a pumpkin to Meadowbrook School in Northbrook to auction off at their upcoming “Pumpkinfest” celebration. I have had a ball coming up with ideas…now the hard part will be deciding which one to donate, which ones to sell and which ones to keep!! I thought I would share some of my ideas with you along with a “how-to” for my Aged Copper Pumpkins.

Pumpkin painted with the face of an owl
"rusted" pumpkin
back of “rusted” pumpkin
Old Tin Pumpkins


You will need:
-craft foam pumpkin
-spray primer (I use Bin 123) in white
-chip brushes
-Copper Schabin or decorative foil
Wunda Size or Faux Effects Aqua Size
-black paint
-Modern Masters metallic paints in copper, brass, and “reactive” bronze
-Modern Masters reactive paint activator in Blue, Green, and Black
-Modern Masters Permacoat Sealer

1) First prime your pumpkin
2) Apply 2 coats of black paint mixed with a little Brass metallic with a chip brush

3) When dry, coat with a single layer of size. Let size get tacky (about 15 minutes)

then add your schabin or foil. In this demo, I am using Schabin. I bought mine from Kathy Carroll at

4) Once you have covered your pumpkin, while leaving some holes or “holidays” use a dry chip brush to go over pumpkin and press down any loose leaves.

5) Now it’s time to “age” the copper. Using a combination of copper paint, and reactive paints, loosely scumble on paint with a chip brush, covering about 75% of pumpkin.
while the paint is still wet, pour the blue reactive and green reactive paints on top of pumpkin, letting it drip over sides, then spritz with the black reactor.

6) Let it dry and coat with the PermaSeal Coat to stop the reactivity.
7) I added some bronze carpet tacks which I purchased at Lowe’s

THAT’S IT!! Now go paint some pumpkins:)

Keep your dog “cool” this summer

Keep your dog “cool” this summer

The best part of summer for me is spending time outside with my dog, Roscoe. He is an eight year old havanese and loves to be outside in the sun, so I’ve searched out some “cool” products online to help keep him happy and healthy this summer.

Roscoe relaxing on the deck

Summer is such a great time to enjoy with your pet! But the hot summer months can be brutal on both of you. Check out this cooling mat to keep your pet comfortable during the warm summer months.

keep your dog comfortable with this great cooling mat

keep your dog comfortable with this great cooling mat

I found this practical bag to help keep all of the things I need for taking Roscoe on a walk handy and organized on your dog in style this summer with this great "Doople Bag"

walk your dog in style this summer with this great “Doople Bag”

Need a new leash for your furry friend? I found these fun, stylish leashes that have matching collars on Etsy, too! Visit Collar Habit on Etsy for more…


If you need a place to store your cool new leash, I offer custom dog leash holders in my etsy shop that you can make with your dog breed or name. I will even make one with your dog’s silhouette if you send me your photo!

Keep your dog leash handy with this super fun dog leash holder I have on my etsy shop!

Also, don’t forget to make sure your pet has plenty of water when you are spending time outside. This portable bowl from REI makes it easy to keep your dog “watered” anywhere!

portable dog bowl for keeping your furry friend hydrated

portable dog bowl for keeping your furry friend hydrated

Finlly, give your buddy a treat! Roscoe loves these organic treats from Bubba Rose

Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer with your pet and have fun checking out all of these “cool” products!