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Galvanizing A Plastic Pumpkin

Cecilia, over at My Thrift Store Addiction, had two plastic pumpkins she redid (click here to see her makeovers). I loved her idea and had to try my hand at it! Fortunately, when I visited her and we were out thrifting, I found this pink pumpkin for 25 cents!  I couldn't wait to get it home and transform it!

I decided to see if I could make it look galvanized. The first step was covering the pink. I started by mixing up some chalky paint - 2 Tablespoons of white unsanded grout (make sure you get the lumps out), mixed with 2 Tablespoons of water then add 1 cup of flat latex paint in a taupe  or grey color. Mix well. I painted the entire outside surface with my mixture and let it dry.

Next I took silver craft paint(any brand will do as long as it's a metallic silver) and dry brushed it over the chalk paint. It's ok if it's a little streaky.

 After that dried, I watered down a rusty brown craft paint and lightly brushed it where I wanted it to look rusty. Make sure to get it in the eye, nose and mouth cavities but not on the teeth.
Lastly, I put Modge Podge in a few spots and sprinkled cinnamon over that to give it a more authentic rust look.

 Add a plant and voila! A galvanized planter!

I think it turned out pretty good! And he's pretty adorable with a plant but you could use him inside to hold candy.


  1. That is amazing, I would have never guessed it used to be pink. Looks great with the plant.

  2. I think he is REALLY cute, Cecilia! From Pink to Patina-ed! He looks rusty and disreputable...just the way I like my boys! xo Diana

  3. That would fool anyone ... he does look like rusted metal. Great job. Your artistic talents are showing.

  4. Your pumpkin galvanizing worked out perfectly. I've got to try it.

  5. There you go again Cecilia! You're too much! Love this transformation of what was an ugly, orange tacky pumpkins into something truly cool :)



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