Week 6 of my budgeting plan! It has been going surprisingly well. If you haven’t been following me along thus far, you can read all about my cash only budget plan and see other posts in this series here.
Fall is here. The seasons are changing AND I’m overdue to change out my decor on my front porch. I love to decorate which can create a kink in my budget. This year I was determined to use what I have and add in a few inexpensive painted pumpkins in honor of our Kansas City Royals baseball team!
I never decorate the same every year. I like to change things up a bit. Mostly because I can’t remember what I have done the year before. This year is no different, EXCEPT that I’m on a strict budget.
For fall, I am using a lot of what I already have to add in some fall and Halloween touches. I also decided I would try my hand at creating some painted pumpkins with the KC Royals logo on them. I have seen different painted pumpkins around on Pinterest, etc. I set out to make my own ON A BUDGET.
I downloaded and printed a free pumpkin stencil from a KC Royals website. Click here to see and download the stencils for yourself.
I reduced the size to about 70% of the original and cut out the stencil with a scissors.
I bought inexpensive pumpkins, high gloss spray paint and drop cloths at Wal-Mart. Choose pumpkins with a sturdy stem. I purchased about 12 inch sized pumpkins.
The high gloss really gives the pumpkins a cool shine. I also bought a couple of cheap, plastic drop cloths for 99 cents each. I already had the ZIG glue stick I have used for photo books in the past.
Prepare your surfaces! Use newspapers, plastic drop cloths, cardboard box scraps or whatever to keep your paint from getting all over. You don’t want to walk around the painting area and then walk into your house tracking blue paint!
If your pumpkins are really dirty, give them a quick wipe down with a damp rag. Dry thoroughly.
I’m ready to start. I am the “Queen of Self-Tanners” so I usually have some rubber gloves on hand.
Spray the bottoms of the pumpkins first. Prop them up on their stems. This is why you choose pumpkins with a sturdy stem. You don’t have to do this step but the bottom of the pumpkin gets better coverage this way. Allow them to fully dry.
Drying time depends a lot on the humidity of the air in which they are drying. It was very humid the day I painted. It took at least 4 hours for them to really dry. High gloss paint takes longer to dry than flat. It always takes longer to dry than the paint can says.
When the bottom is dry, turn right side up. Make sure the surface you have sprayed on is dry. I made some pumpkins with orange lettering and some with white. If you want to let the orange of the pumpkin show through for orange letters, you can skip the next step with the white spray paint. Move directly to the part where you apply the stencil to the pumpkin.
If you want white lettering, you are now ready to paint a white section on which the stencil will be applied for the emblem. Hold the stencil up to the pumpkins to get a rough estimate of the space needed and spray the small area with the white spray paint.
I tried to use leftover regular white paint that you brush on but it didn’t adhere well to the pumpkin. It came off when I pulled the stencil off. The white spray paint worked much better.
I’ve got a little assembly line going here. Make sure you are spraying in a well-ventilated area and cover the space with plastic or newspapers to catch the stray spray paint. I even taped one plastic sheet on the wall behind.
After the white paint was dry it was finally time for the stencil. I used this ZIG re-positional glue. It worked really well. Apply glue to the back of the stencil.
Then apply the stencil to the pumpkin. Press carefully to eliminate any gaps between the stencil and the pumpkin. The photo below is an example of one of the orange lettered pumpkins I created so there’s no white under it.
Now spray the entire pumpkin with the blue spray paint, stem and all.
Remove the stencil while the paint is still wet. Be careful not to touch the rest of the pumpkin. I used a toothpick to get an edge started.
Peel stencil slowly…
I loved how it turned out! The white are great too. The white paint came off a little when peeling back the stencil exposing the orange of the pumpkin. I just touched it up with a white paint pen I had. Some pumpkins peeled more than others; not sure why. I also touched up blue paint where needed with a small brush and a little of the blue spay paint. Let them dry completely.
Aren’t they cool, if I do say so myself?
They were the perfect compliment to my newly decorated fall front porch.
To complete my fall look, I hung my orange lights, some spider webs, fall garland and a wreath, all of which I already had. I also changed out the DIY Orb (pictured below) I made earlier this summer. The plant I had in it had died. I replaced the plant with a greenery sphere I had and added some fall thingy’s 🙂 around the base of the vase. Then tied the urn with fall ribbon bow.
Learn how to make your own super easy and cheap orb using embroidery hoops. Watch the DIY video in our 5 Easy, Spring DIY Projects for the Non-DIY-er.
I even sold a few of my pumpkins! That helped my budget and covered the cost of the pumpkins plus extra.
This was definitely a project that required time. Mostly for the paint to dry between steps. I love my KC Royals pumpkins. They could be used inside too as part of a centerpiece. Of course you could use any team logo or whatever you want if you’re not a Royals fan.
Getting creative and using what I have is what I have done over the past couple of weeks to help me stay on budget. Look on Pinterest to get inspired. What have you created inexpensively to add to your decor? I would love to see a photo of it! Post it on our Facebook page.