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Faux Terracotta Pumpkins

Updated: Sep 15, 2022

The viral pumpkin trend everyone is trying out!

Let's take a stab at this trend and see if we, too, can create our very own faux terracotta pumpkins!

I've seen this trend all over my Social feed. DIYers are turning cheap pumpkins into beautiful faux terracotta masterpieces! I have loved these videos so much, that I decided to try it out for myself. I found some painted styrofoam pumpkins at the Dollar Store. I was unsure how the painted styrofoam would hold up, however, they turned out GORGEOUS!

Let me show you how it's done...

Step #1 - Gather Your Supplies

Supplies Needed:

1 Pumpkin (ceramic, plastic, glass, and styrofoam work well)

Baking Soda

Paint Color of Choice

2 Paint Brushes (one for painting, the other for the terracotta effect)

Find all your items HERE.

Step #2 - Mix Paint

Mix equal parts paint and baking soda. It should be a paste-like consistency.

Step #3 - Paint, Dry, Repeat

Start by painting long strokes over the pumpkin. Work fast in sections and do not go over a section that has already started to dry. If you try to repaint a section that has not completely dried and set it will clump up and come off.

Once you have your first coat applied, let it dry fully before your second coat.

You can add two or three coats depending on how you want your pumpkin to look. Before you let your final coat dry, see Step #4 below.

Step #4 - Terracotta Accent

When you apply your final coat, sprinkle on some baking soda, and with a dry brush, brush off the excess. This will give the terracotta effect. You can do this as much or as little as desired.

Step #5 - Accessorize

Now it's time to make it your own. Add leaves, pearls, paint the stem, etc. Or, leave it alone... it's your pumpkin:)

Now let's see those faux terracotta pumpkins!

You can find all the supplies HERE.

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Happy Decorating!

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