Please welcome my lovely friend Charlotte to Narrating Life today. She's sharing an October tradition that I can't wait to adopt. Enjoy!
By way of introduction, I'm a recent college graduate who is also a newlywed. Since moving to Oregon, where my husband and I live, I've made many efforts at honing my own domesticity. In my domestic quest, I've looked to my mother to help me know how to do what. Throughout the years I've called on my mom to help me with various domestic pursuits, ranging from recipes to home decor to entertaining. As I go through the rite of passage wherein I becomewifeinstead offiancee, where all of a sudden I have an apartment that is solely mine, ready for whatever domestic magic I choose to cast, I feel the weight of domestic responsibility.
I thought an easy way to start inaugurating my new apartment was to come up with some kind of autumn decor. I have some home decor items, but not much in the way of items for specific holidays. But, I needed to do something. And then I remembered: spray-painted pumpkins.
Growing up, I saw my mother do this almost every autumn. Her results were always perfectly fall-ish and sophisticated. That's what I wanted for my first holiday decoration. So I called my mom and received basic instructions. For those of you interested in trying this crafty decoration, remember that my instructions are those of a domestic novice, so at the very least, we're on the same page. (Actually, chances are you're a few pages ahead of me.)
Step 01: Pick the pumpkins. Ideally I'd have three, but pumpkins can be expensive, so for this first attempt I chose two very well-shaped pumpkins.
Try to find ones with good stems and in a variety of shapes. I chose one full, round one, and one smaller, skinny-ish one.
Step 02: Pick the paint. Go with gold. If you don't want gold, do bronze. But really, you should go gold. I bought the Design Master brand; color, antique gold. (You should be able to find this brand at any legitimate craft store.)
Step 03: Prep the area. Do your spray painting outside and make sure to cover the ground or table with newspaper. Also, make sure to wipe down your pumpkins--you don't want any gross dirt.
Step 04: Spray-paint the pumpkins. This was a little daunting to me. I didn't really wantsolid goldpumpkins, but I wasn't quite sure how to do that without getting a polka-dot result. I semi-succeeded. Sometimes I walk up my stairs, see my pumpkins, and think that they look half finished. But most of the time I really like them. This step is really the most creative one. Go solid gold if you want, or go for a more gold-accent look while maintaining the orange of the pumpkin. Remember, though, to spray from far enough away the paint doesn't drip.
Wait until they're completely dry and then transfer them to where you want to display them. (I like them on the front porch.) I fiddled around with my final presentation for probably close to half an hour. (This was another moment when I wished I had three pumpkins.) But I'm happy with my first attempt. I'm sure that in subsequent years, I'll refine my technique and my pumpkins won't look as camo.
I sent a picture of my final result to my mother, and she signed off on it. Phew. So while in many ways I'm still new to domesticity and still anticipate many phone calls to my dear mother regarding all things domestic, I love it. These pumpkins will stay up untilThanksgiving(and thebooletters will go away come November). I wish you luck in all your domestic endeavors!