DIY Painted Pumpkins for the Perfect Fall Wedding Centrepieces
I couldn’t be any more excited to be bringing you a perfect DIY project for this time of year, from one of my favourite wedding bloggers, Haley of The Bride Link. Today she is here to show you how to recreate this gorgeous fall tablescape with both a painted pumpkin tutorial and a pumpkin vase tutorial…..
Haley has such an eye for a beautiful colour palette (if you have never seen one of her inspiration boards, do take a look here) and a creative flair that I am quite envious of. So when she offered me the chance to share some of her work with you, I jumped at the opportunity. I am going to hand you over to the lovely lady herself for a little introduction to these fabulous fall DIY projects…..
“I love blue and cranberry as a fall color palette, so I got a little creative and painted orange pumpkins various shades of dusty blue, for the perfect fall wedding (or thanksgiving) centrepieces. Lesley of LB Floral added all of the gorgeous shades of cranberry with lush seasonal florals and red candles. My favorite part of this autumn tablescape is the pumpkin vases we made, so I thought I would share with you how to make them, as well as how to create these various shades of dusty blue in this DIY tutorial.”
Lisa, from Lisa Price Photography, captured every detail beautifully, so enjoy, be inspired and be sure to keep scrolling after the tutorials to see how the pumpkins and vases come together to create the perfect fall tablescape!…..
How to Paint Dusty Blue Pumpkins
For this dusty blue tablescape, I painted a variety of sized pumpkins in three shades of dusty blue. Essentially, dusty blue is gray mixed with blue. So to create this lovely hue, simply combine white, black, and blue paint. The paint formula is pretty simple. The darker the color of dusty blue, the more black and blue I added. For the lightest blue, there was very little black and blue added – in fact, when I was finished mixing it, it barely looked blue at all; but once it dried, it was perfect!
Here is a chart to help you know how much of each color to add for each shade of dusty blue…..
I had to cover each pumpkin with at least two coats of paint, sometimes three, depending on how light the paint color was. But once painted they made the perfect place setting, table decor or entrance decor for an Autumn wedding – or a fall celebration of any kind!
Pumpkin Vase Tutorial
“To create a pumpkin vase, first paint your chosen pumpkin. You will have to do between 2 and 3 coats depending on the colour you choose, allowing each one to dry in between. Once your pumpkin paint is dry, simply carve an opening in the top and clean out the inside with a spoon.
You then have 3 options, for how to turn your pumpkin into a vase……
1. Use the pumpkin as a container for a real vase. The large blue pumpkins seen below were the perfect fit for this technique. They were large enough to hold a vase of water for the flowers to sit down in. This method will allow you to display the arrangement the longest – basically until the pumpkin rots!
2. Line the inside of the pumpkin with a plastic bag. This method is perfect for the smaller pumpkins like the white one seen below, as you would have to have a very small vase for option one to work. Simply line the pumpkin with a grocery bag, clip the ends to fit the size of the pumpkin, and add a little bit of water to the bag. You will find a grocery bag or sandwich bag full of water works well.
3. Or you can simply pour water straight into the pumpkin. This option only really works if you are planning to use the pumpkin vases for a very short period of time. Otherwise, the pumpkin will rot from the water.
Well if that doesn’t have you inspired, the stunning tablescape Haley and the team created certainly will…..
Isn’t it heavenly?? I couldn’t agree more with Haley, Cranberry looks beautiful with that dusky shade of blue. Actually, that mid hue reminds me a lot of Serenity (unveiled by Pantone as one of the Top 10 colours for Spring 2016), so I think this palette would look just as perfect for a Spring wedding as it would for fall.
Thankyou so much again to Haley and the rest of the team for creating such an inspiring DIY project and for allowing me to share it with you here. I already can’t wait for the next DIY post now!
Design ~ The Bride Link and LB Floral // Concept and Coordination ~ The Bride Link // Photography ~ Lisa Price Photography // Floral Design ~ LB Floral // Location ~ Crescent Bend House and Gardens // Published first on The Bride Link