Gold Leaf pumpkins

October 29, 2014

Pumpkin decorating 2014!

 

I’m not the biggest fan of carving pumpkins. Mainly because it’s a lot of effort to just clean out the pumpkin, then you have to come up with a design (I’m horrible at doing this), then you have to carve the pumpkin, then the darn thing rots within 2 days of all that hard work. I know I’ll enjoy it more once Charlotte is older, but for now I’ll leave the carving to Matt and the decorating to me.

 

I decided to gold leaf pumpkins this year. I was really intimidated by this when I was researching the best way to do it, but it was soooo much easier and less messy than I thought it would be. I think it’s because the ‘messy’ look fitsĀ  the pumpkins well. And I love that these will last through Thanksgiving since I didn’t carve them :)

 

goldleaf1{supplies: pumpkin(s), gold leaf, mod podge, brush}

 

goldleaf2 {Step 1: Put a layer of mod podge on the pumpkin and let it sit for about 5 minutes. You want the surface to be tacky.}

 

goldleaf3{Step 2: Start layering the gold leaf. Fold it and stick it. I found it helpful to use the wooden end of my paint brush to lay it flat since the gold leaf wouldn’t pull back up with the wood like it would if I used my finger).}

 

goldleaf4{Step 3: Admire your finished work!}

 

goldleaf5{I used about 3 gold leaf sheets per pumpkin.}

 

goldleaf6{Put them on display!}

 

You don’t get nearly as messy with gold leafing pumpkins as you do with carving pumpkins :)