Easy DIY: How to make a rusty, patina fall pumpkin

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Easy DIY: How to make rusty, patina pumpkins

Are you looking to create some unique fall home decor? Look no further! These rusty, patina pumpkins are super trendy and go with just about every decor. They are timeless, unique and surprisingly easy to do. Ready to get started?

Rusty patina pumpkins

The start of the project

I got this clay pumpkin for $0.50 at our local thrift store. The pumpkin has been painted in orange and has a shiny, glossy glaze on it. Many people think you cannot paint anything that has already been finished. If you think that, you'd be wrong. You can paint anything, and I will show you how.

Supplies needed for this project

For this project you need the following supplies:

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Star with Slick Stick to make sure the paint adheres to the surface

Start with Slick Stick!

To make sure that the paint will adhere to the slippery surface of the pumpkin, you want to apply a layer of Dixie Belle Slick Stick and let it dry. Slick Stick bonds to the glossy surface and ensures that once you start painting, the paint adheres, stays on and dries properly.

Rusty patina pumpkins
1st layer of Dixie Belle iron Patina Paint

The first layer of iron patina paint

Once the slick stick has dried, you take a clean chip brush and apply the first layer of Dixie Belle Iron Patina Paint.

Patina paint actually has flakes of metal in it, so make sure you not only shake the jar before opening it but also stir the paint (especially over the bottom) before you use it. It needs to be mixed well.

Let this layer dry completely

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2nd layer of Dixie Belle Iron Paint and Dixie Belle Green Patina Spray

Let's start the rusting process

When the first layer has dried completely, you stir and shake the paint again and apply a second coat of the iron patina paint. Shake your green patina spray really well and generously spray over the iron painted pumpkin to initiate the rusting process.

Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area or put a face mask on because you're inducing a chemical reaction. I tend to do mine outside or if the weather is not good, in the garage.

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The rusting process is starting

Let it dry completely!

The rusting process starts the second you apply the green patina spray over the 2nd layer of iron paint, but the process keeps going, even after the paint dries. I usually let a piece sit overnight to make sure it has dried completely and the rusting process has finished. However, you can continue with the next part as soon as the rusting is dry.

On the picture above I have applied the first layer of bronze patina paint over the dry, rusted pumpkin. I applied it only on the top and some on the sides because I want it to look like the patina is dripping down.

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Adding patina to the pumpkin

Adding patina to the pumpkin

Like with the iron paint, the first layer of bronze patina paint has to dry. When you apply the second layer, have your Dixie Belle Blue Patina Spray ready. After applying the second layer of bronze patina paint, take your blue spray and spray it over the bronze paint while it is still wet.

Now I like things to look drippy however, if that is not your cup of tea, you can carefully dab the drips away with a kitchen towel or clean cloth.

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The patina is starting to show up

Let it do its thing

As you can see in the picture, after a few minutes the patina is starting to show up. Like with the rust, it will take a few hours to completely process to get the desired end result. This is when you walk away, let the whole thing dry overnight and let the products do their thing.

If you look at the picture above, you can see what it looked like a few minutes after I had applied all the paint and spray. Below you see what it looked like the next morning after I let it sit overnight.

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The end result!

Now, wasn't that super easy to do? Go do it and come show me the results and I just may feature you on my social media channels!

I hope you take this tutorial and start making your own creative home decor. I would love it if you would visit me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest I really enjoy bringing you FREE creative tutorials and I want you to be the first to know when I have new ones!

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