Thursday, October 2, 2014

DIY Fall Tablescape with Painted Pumpkins

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Dusty Blue and Cranberry Fall Tablescape

Dusty blue and cranberry has quickly become one of my favorite fall color palettes! This color palette inspired today’s DIY project I designed with Lesley of LB Floral and Lisa Price Photography.  Today I will teach you how to recreate this tablescape with both a painted pumpkin tutorial and a pumpkin vase tutorial. Enjoy and comment below with any questions!

*Updated September 12, 2017*


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How to Paint Dusty Blue Pumpkins

For this dusty blue tablescape, I painted a variety of sized pumpkins in three shades of dusty blue. To create dusty blue, combine white, black, and blue paint. Essentially, dusty blue is gray mixed with blue. Below is a chart to help you know how much of each color to add for each shade of dusty blue. I had to cover each pumpkin with at least two coats of paint, sometimes three, depending on how light the paint color was.

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The paint formula is pretty simple. The darker the color of dusty blue, the more black and blue I added. For the lightest blue, there was very little black and blue added at all. In fact, it was easiest to dip my brush into the darkest dusty blue shade I had already mixed and add it to plain white paint. When I was finished mixing this light shade, it barely looked blue, but once it dried, it was perfect!



Pumpkin Vase Tutorial

To create a pumpkin vase, simply carve an opening in the top of your pumpkin and clean out the inside with a spoon.


There are three options for how to use a pumpkin as a vase: 

1. Use the pumpkin as a container for a real vase. The large blue pumpkins seen above were the perfect fit for this technique. They were large enough to hold a vase of water for the flowers to sit down in.

2. Line the inside of the pumpkin with a plastic bag. For the smaller pumpkins like the white one seen below, you would have to have a very small vase for option one to work. A grocery bag or sandwich bag full of water works much better for the smaller pumpkins. Simply line the pumpkin with a grocery bag, clip the ends to fit the size of the pumpkin, and add a little bit of water to the bag.

3. Simply pour water straight into the pumpkin. This option is only good if you are planning to use the pumpkin vases for a very short period of time. Otherwise, the pumpkin will rot from the water.






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Design: The Bride Link and LB Floral | Concept and Coordination: The Bride Link | Photography: Lisa Price Photography | Floral Design: LB Floral | Location: Crescent Bend House and Gardens


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