Saturday, October 4, 2008

How to Gild a Pumpkin

Gilded Pumpkins are an elegant fall decorating idea and a snap to make even for the craft phobic.

The idea is not to gild the entire pumpkin. A little goes a long way.

I love this "Treasure Gold" gold wax. It is sorta the consistency of shoe polish and easy to use. You can get it at most craft stores. You can use a paper towel (an old T-shirt works better). Rub it in the wax. You don't need a lot.

Spread out some newspaper under your pumpkin. Start at the top of the pumpkin and put the gold wax in a crack. Continue the process in each crack. In the deeper cracks, go farther down to the middle of the pumpkin. For shallow cracks, only go a little way down the side of the pumpkin. When you cloth starts to run dry, go back and smear the gold around using an up and down motion. You don't want to cover the whole pumpkin. I also do the bottom because I think it looks nice. Be sure and let it dry on before you put it on your floor.

Little pumpkins do well with gilding.
You just have to be more careful not to
be heavy handed with the gold wax.


Kathi said...

This is such a wonderful idea. I love it. I would like to try it. Thanks. Kathi

Lindylou said...

What an easy fall craft. Thank you for showing it. I think my daughter and I would enjoy it.

Oh, I love your pictures.


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