Here are my 5 Batty (But True) Things About Pumpkins and Lace.
- Pumpkins are orange because they contain a pigment called “Carotenoids.” Pumpkin provides a wealth of carotenoid pigments, including alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and lutein. Some research suggests that carotenoid-rich foods help protect eye health. Pumpkin also offers healthy amounts of fiber, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin C, and iron. Also, pumpkin is an excellent low-fat source of vitamin E.
- Not all pumpkins are orange. Did you know the king of jack-o-lanterns comes in many colors besides orange? Pumpkin varieties have expanded to include shades of red, pink, green, tan, white, and blue to please the palates of those looking for something unique or fun. The Many Colors of Pumpkins
- Lace and doilies are not used just to protect furniture or China anymore. In fact, they add great interest to your craft projects.
- I love pumpkins; I love doilies and lace, put them together and you have a lovely Fall decoration for your space.
- If you add paint and blingy-vintage embellishments, you may end up with a chippy, milk paint, vintage-inspired decorative pumpkin. A little bit shabby & chic… Be sure to scroll to the bottom where you will find a video about the difference between Milk Paint and Chalk Paint®.
- Pictured here is a variety of Styrofoam and real pumpkins.
- Lace doilies & “blingy” drawer pulls that I picked up at Trends Vintage Marketplace & Co., a local vintage home & garden store.
- Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.
- Annie Sloan Wax (clear & dark)
- Tim Holtz® Idea-ology® Word Keys
- Twine & Glue Gun
First applied a layer of Gesso as a basecoat. Gesso is used as a bonding agent and allows the milk paint to adhere to the surface and prevents flaking. I removed the stems so that I could replace them with the drawer pulls. I was surprised at how easy they were to remove. They were lightly glued and had the support of a toothpick in the center. I used an Exacto knife to lift up the base of the stem, and it practically popped off without a lot of damage to the Styrofoam. I used two light coats of milk paint allowing each coat to dry in between.
Allowed the painted pumpkins to dry overnight and then applied the wax finish. On the dried lavender pumpkin, I used the clear wax and on the eulalie’s sky, I used a combination of both the clear and the dark wax.