Now that fall is on everyone’s minds, Halloween DIY projects have begun taking over the blogs… but who has time for an in-depth tutorial that takes hours to create? That’s where this super simple DIY copper pumpkin comes in. It will probably take about a half an hour to make. Tops. It’s a great alternative to the traditional jack-o-lantern because (being artificial) it won’t rot after a few days… you can use it year after year. Keep reading to find out how to achieve this glamorous look.
For this project, you’ll need the following materials:
- An artificial foam pumpkin, available at most craft stores
- Copper spray paint
- Drop cloth or a plastic bag (not pictured)
- Copper brads, also available at most craft stores
First, bring your pumpkin outside and place it on top of a drop cloth. I used a plastic shopping bag since I have a whole closet full of them. Spray paint the top half of the pumpkin according to the instructions on the can. Let it dry for about 15 minutes. Flip it upside down and paint the bottom side. Let it dry thoroughly.
Next, begin inserting your copper brads into the pumpkin. Most artificial pumpkins are made of thin foam and are hollow inside, so the brads should poke through the surface easily. I used different sized brads and put the larger ones at the bottom, gradually moving to the smaller ones at the top. Continue adding them all the way around. I used approximately 80, but it will depend on the size of your pumpkin.
And that’s all there is to it! Your glamorous copper pumpkin is all finished.
You could also make them in different colors… a silver one would look lovely next to the copper. Your local craft store will probably have a variety of different brad colors and sizes. You could even try black and use the darker brads for a spooky version!