How to Create Fancy Pumpkins with Clay Moulds!
I just finished a fabulous DIY project creating fancy pumpkins with clay moulds!
They were so much fun to make and they turned out beautifully. You can create them in any color scheme to match your home decor, and once the season is over, they can be stored away until next year!
After finishing them, I piled them into an antique dough bowl and placed it on the dining room table. The moulds give them texture and also a bit of whimsical fancy!
And I love that you can create so many different looks.
This DIY would work with plastic, foam, or wood pumpkins, and since I already had some fake white pumpkins in different sizes, I decided to use those.
I’ve had the paper clay molds and paper clay in my stash for awhile because I’ve used it to make furniture moulding before, but the supplies are easy to find at your local craft store, and I will also give you links to all the supplies.
Here’s a list of what you will need to make your own fancy pumpkins:
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- Pumpkins from the craft store.
- Decor Molds
- Paper Clay (found in most craft stores)
- Cornstarch (you probably have some in your kitchen!)
- Small Brush
- Titebond Quick & Thick All Purpose Glue
- Your choice of paint (I used chalk paint but any kind of acrylic paint works)
- Gilding Paint or Wax
- Putty Knife
- French Medallion Mold
Step 1: Lightly brush some cornstarch in the mold cavity and shake out any excess. You want just a light dusting. The cornstarch will keep the clay from sticking to your mold and allows it to release easily.
Step 2: Pinch off the desired amount of paper clay needed to fill the mold cavity and place any remaining unused clay back into a sealable plastic bag. This will keep your clay soft and ready for your next project.
Step 3: Squeeze the clay in your hands to warm it up a bit and then roll it into a ball or snake shape depending on the shape of the mould cavity you’ll be using.
Step 4: Press the clay firmly into the cavity making sure to fill it up entirely.
Step 5: Using the putty knife, pull away any extra clay until the rim is visible all the way around the cavity. Take a moment to smooth and flatten the back of the casting with the side of the putty knife so that your casting will lay flush on your project.
Step 6: Flip the mould top side down and then fold it back to release the casting onto your work surface. Handle gently to prevent warping or distortion of the design.
Step 7: Apply glue to the backside of the casting making sure to fully cover the surface and then position the casting where you want it on your pumpkin. Continue this process until you have the desired design on your pumpkin. Overlapping the molds is fine as long as they are adhered properly.
Once you have all of your molds glued to the pumpkin, they will need to dry before painting. This will usually take 12 hours, and I normally let them sit overnight. Some tiny cracks may appear in the clay as it dries so don’t stress if you see them, they just add to the character of your pumpkin!
Step 8: Paint the Pumpkins using your favorite paint. I used chalk paint that I had on hand in different shades of blues and grays, but any kind of acrylic or chalk type paint will work. Make sure you get down into the crevices so that no white is showing. I ended up having to do two coats of paint on each pumpkin to get into all the details of the moulding.
Step 9: After the paint has dried, add some shine using a gilding paint or wax, highlighting the moulded details! Lightly brush the tops of the molds with your gilding, only gilding the raised areas, and don’t forget to gild the pumpkin stem as well.
Now you have gorgeous, unique, one of a kind pumpkins to display year after year!
There are so many different molds and paint colors available, that you are only limited by your imagination!
You have endless options!
Recently I found a mold on Etsy that creates beautiful French medallions.
I used this mold for the first time on this pumpkin project, and I have to say that the two pumpkins with the medallions are my favorites.
They have such a great look!
They look very fancy and very French!
I can’t wait to try this mold on a furniture makeover!
The details are amazing with each one being totally unique and one of a kind!
They can be finished in any color of your choice to match your color theme, and the pumpkins would make quite the centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.
How gorgeous would a set of black ones be for an elegant Halloween theme?!?
The possibilities are endless!
Do you think you’ll be making some of these fancy pumpkins? I can’t wait to hear! Enjoy!