Hope you’re having a lovely Fall day. We got our first taste of Fall weather today and I’m loving it!!!! I was starting to really worry that summer was never going to end. Nothing thrills me more right now than to wear pants and not sweat!!!!!!!!
As promised in my last Fall Home Tour, today I’m going to show you how I painted bright orange, real pumpkins to look like Cinderella pumpkins.
First, if you are just joining me and didn’t see my most recent Fall Home Tour where I showed you my new pumpkin-fied sideboard, you can view it by clicking here. To summarize, my son and I decided to paint pumpkins one day. So we went to the grocery store and bought real, orange pumpkins. He painted some little baking pumpkins resembling the work of a young Piccaso and I got busy attempting to create the “Cinderella” look.
To quote what I found on Allaboutpumpkins.com …
“Cinderella pumpkins are a unique French heirloom whose correct name is ‘Rouge vif D’Etampes’ the source of their nickname is that they resemble the pumpkin that Cinderella’s fairy godmother transformed into a carriage” …. yadadyadayada …. they “make good pies and Fall decor” .
A real Cinderella pumpkin looks like this….
Aren’t they so pretty!?!
Here’s a little back story on why I wanted to create my own Cinderella pumpkins.
- They are so gorgeous! I’ve been seeing them all over blogs, magazines, and Instagram for the last 2 years and kept telling myself “I’m going to buy some next year”. Well this year I decided to bite the bullet and actually do it but couldn’t find ANY in my area
- I was perusing Pinterest one day for Fall inspiration and came across this gem of a pin.
- The fake ones I purchased from Michael’s just weren’t going to cut it for me anymore, I wanted some real pumpkins!
- I wanted a fun activity for my son and I to do together.
So following a combination of that tutorial I found on Pinterest and some of my own ideas, this is what I came up with…..
And this is how I did it….
I started by painting 1 coat of white paint as my “primer” on these orange pumpkins…
I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silk because it was the whitest paint I had in my paint drawer and I knew it was the most likely of all of my paints to stick, considering the fact that it is “mineral paint”…
Sidenote…..my 3 year old son was very helpful in priming these pumpkins for me so if you want to do this project but are worried it may take up too much of your time away from the family or kids, get them involved and have them help! We had a ball together painting pumpkins and he felt like mommy’s big helper!
Next, I used the most light blue/green paint I could find which was Fieldstone by Benjamin Moore…
After letting the primer dry completely, I mixed 1/2 tsp of Fieldstone with 3 tablespoons of water in a small ramaken bowl and applied 1 coat over the primer using this round paint brush with natural 2″ bristles. I linked a similar one here if you’d like to purchase. Sidenote: This brush belonged to my husband’s grandmother. She passed away a few years ago and I was handed down all of her brushes. She was a very talented water colorist and oil painter. Anyways, I love that I’m able to put these brushes to good use and always think of her when I pull one out of the drawer.
When applying my first coat of the paint/wash mixture, I started at the top of the pumpkin and let the paint drip down in the cracks. (your paint should be a very watery consistency) Then, after I let that coat dry, I applied my second coat. I decided to do a second coat because I didn’t want the white primer showing through as much as it was after 1 coat. After applying 2 coats I let the paint dry for over an hour before moving them to their final resting place and tada…..
Well that’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed my Cinderella Pumpkin painting tutorial. If you try it out, send me a picture or tag me in your photo on Instagram!
Happy Fall Y’all!