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Painted Pumpkin Door Hanger

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Have you seen these fun pumpkins on your neighbors front door? I have and today I am going to teach how to make one of your own.

The watercolor trend is very prominent this year in home decor. Let me show you how to get the washed out blended look of watercolor without the difficulty of using a watercolor set…and using foam as your canvas!

Supplies needed to make this project:

  • FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam: Sheet 1 x 12 x36
  • Acrylic Paint: Dark Brown, Light Brown, Steel Blue, White, Light Teal
  • FloraCraft Smooth Finish®: 8 oz. Jar
  • Serrated Knife
  • Low-Temp Glue Gun and Glue
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper
  • Putty Knife
  • Jute Twine
  • Decorative Ribbon

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Instructions:

Draw a pumpkin on one end of the foam sheet. Leave out the stem of the pumpkin, leaving the top of the pumpkin with a straight edge.

Using a foam knife or foam cutter, cut out the bottom and sides of the pumpkin.

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Lay a piece of leftover foam on the top of the flat side of the pumpkin and draw a stem.

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Cut out the stem and top of the pumpkin with a knife.

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Glue the stem to the pumpkin and let it dry.

Cover the pumpkin with Smooth Finish paintable coating. Let it completely dry. Lightly sand the coating with fine grit sandpaper to remove excess coating and rough edges.

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Start painting the pumpkin with the darkest color, in this case dark blue. Wet a paintbrush by dipping it into water and then into the acrylic paint. Wipe excess paint off on a paper towel to dilute the paint and make it thin like watercolor. Paint the rounded ridges of your pumpkin first.

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Let the paint dry for a few minutes. Paint over the blue with white paint diluted with water. Once you get your pumpkin to the desired color, let the paint dry for an hour.

Paint the stem with non-diluted dark brown acrylic paint. Add diluted light brown acrylic paint over the dark stem. Paint your stem ridges and pumpkin edges with non-diluted dark brown paint. Go over the pumpkin in the lightest areas with diluted teal and white paint to make it pop. Let the paint dry thoroughly.

Hot glue a small piece of jute twine to the back of the foam pumpkin for hanger. Add a ribbon to the stem and hang it on your door!

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Be ready to wow the neighbors with this beautiful faux watercolor door hanger.

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