I love fall. It is decided. This is my favorite time of year. In Oregon fall time is different than other parts of the country, like Indiana, or Maine, or Texas. Not really sure how much fall happens in Texas…
It starts to rain more in fall, and I hate rain. Well not hate. I just really don’t like being out in the rain, if I can help it. Why do I put up with it? Cause all that rain makes it so green and beautiful.
Anyway, rain isn’t what I’m writing about this time. It’s Fall. So there’s rainy days that make staying inside all cuddly with coffee or cocoa so great. And there’s to color of leaves, and the crisp early mornings. The fog that rolls across the ground and the boots and sweaters and scarves.
And the start of the Holiday Seasons!!
I pretty much started on the first day of fall pulling out all that I had and figured out what more I needed.
Last year I purchased some fake pumpkins from Goodwill which is the best thing you can do really. Because it rains so much real pumpkins can mold faster out here. I’m still using real pumpkins, don’t worry! But I got some fake ones too. There were two problems however….
1. They are light. Super light. I spent most of last fall chasing them around our house. It gets really windy where we live and I have nothing around our house to block gusts.
Bright orange fake-ness.
I did some searching and found a way to make it less fake. Yeay!!!
Here’s what you need!!!
• Paint brush (optional)
• Paper Towels or Rags
• Antiquing Gel
• Paint (Burnt Umber)
I used Martha Stewart, yes, I hate myself a little bit for it, but when I live out in the middle of nowhere, my options are limited.
Now the burnt umber paint, it looks super dark…And I had my serious doubts but that’s what the instructions said.
I used a bowl and mixed some Antiquing gel and paint together. It was pretty runny. I used a paint brush at first, a big ol’ bristly paintbrush. I said it was optional because maybe you can skip it and use a rag to apply. Think of like a stain where you rub on and rub off.
After I painted a section of pumpkin with the paint, I took a paper towel and wiped it off. Sounds weird but there was enough stain on it to make it look awesome!!
And this year I am leaving them inside so no chasing pumpkins. 🙂
If you have fake pumpkins that are too fake, try this trick and make them look FABULOUS!!
Until next time!