Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

There’s just no place for funky-looking pumpkins in an awesome fall display.  So, after receiving a few questions about Tessa’s fabulously shiny pumpkins I decided it was time to spill the beans on how you can gloss-ify your own pumpkins – and keep them looking great all the way to Thanksgiving.  Sounds pretty great, right?

Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

The key to flawless, long-lasting pumpkins (or any gourd) is coating them with an acrylic floor sealer – the sealer not only helps preserve the pumpkins way past their normal life but it also makes them all shiny and gorgeous.

All you need are a few simple supplies:

~ pumpkins or gourds of your choice

~ foam brush

~ Future acrylic floor finish (although any brand will do)

~ towel (to protect your countertops)

Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

Once you’ve assembled your supplies, just go to town painting those puppies!  I like to turn them on their heads and paint the bottoms first – after I give them time to try (about 30 minutes), I just flip them over and paint the tops.  And don’t worry if the sealer gets a little foamy when you apply it – once it’s dry you will have a perfect finish.

Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

See?  All shiny and happy:

Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

I’m really pleased with how this display turned out – all it took was my fancy pumpkins, a hurricane from Ikea, 3 bags of river rocks, votives, and a silver tray.  The best part is that I already had all of these things in my cabinets (except for the pumpkins).

Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

Hope you all get lots of enjoyment out of your pumpkins!!

Psst!!  Did you notice our new rug?!?  I’m in love!!!  More about that later . . .

This post is shared with DIY Day on A Soft Place to Land.

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  1. Oooh love the rug! We just got a similar one from Jill Rosenwald… where is yours from?

  2. Katrina says:

    Thanks for the tip! Were picking up our pumpkins tonight ~

    ps – love the rug

  3. christy says:

    What, you didn’t just keep pumpkins in your cabinet? hehe. I love that you shared this secret with us – I would have assumed they were fake because they’re so perfect looking now! Hope you guys have a great Halloween weekend!!

  4. Natalie says:

    Cute idea!

    That rug is fabulous! Where did you find it?? Mind stopping by and letting me know? :)

    • Liz says:

      Hey guys! Glad you’re loving our new rug!! I’ll fill you in on all the details about it soon . . . :)

      ~ Liz

  5. Charlotte says:

    Love the acrylic was idea for making pumpkins look extra snazzy! It’s always wonderful to find something so easy, with such cool results. Liz, thanks for the info!

  6. m says:

    Great idea!!!!!

    m ^..^