These Rustic, Folk Art Foam Pumpkins are gorgeous! No one will guess that they’re totally faux and made from sheets of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. And nobody will believe that this rustic, fall décor is all DIY and didn’t cost a small fortune! You can customize these Rustic, Folk Art Foam Pumpkins and make them as big as you like, and then select the faux finish system you prefer. (What about adding a green patina?) I’ve provided a list of faux finishes below, and if you can’t find them in the store, they’re all sold online. Thank you, Kathleen George, for another beautiful fall craft!
To make Rustic, Folk Art Pumpkins, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- 12″ x 12″ x 1/2″ block
- 36” x 12” x 1” OR 18″ x 12″ x 1″ sheet (choose the size and quantity you’ll need based on the size and number of pumpkins you’re making)
- Faux finish in rust, or other color of your choice*
- Low-temp glue gun
- Optional: Saw-tooth picture hanger with nails
- Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; metal teaspoon; 1” flat paintbrush; disposable bowls; paper towels
*Four faux finish options:
- Kathleen used Iron Metallic Surfacer and Rust Antiquing Solution from Modern Options®.
- Modern Masters also offers a line of faux metallic finishes.
- The Folk Art Painted Finishes from Plaid are sold in some Michaels Stores. My local store didn’t carry the line, so I ordered Light Rust and Dark Rust online, and the shipping was fast. The paints are easy to use, and include small particles for a textured finish. By combining the two shades, you have full control over the look you’d like to achieve.
- Folk Art Metallic Paint from Plaid in Antique Copper and Copper. I found these paints at Michaels, and experimented with them. They have a smooth, metallic sheen, which creates a less rustic and more polished look.
To make Rustic, Folk Art Pumpkins:
1. Determine the size of pumpkin you’d like to make. The original pumpkins measured 9-1/2”, 14” and 17-1/2” tall. Print patterns (below) and if needed, enlarge them for larger pumpkins. (Each pattern corresponds with one of the pumpkins pictured above.)
2. Cut out pumpkin patterns and pin the patterns to the foam sheets. Trace around the patterns with a sharp pencil, scoring the foam. Note: Cut out just the pumpkins. The leaves on the pumpkin patterns are for position only. You will cut out the leaves in Step 5.
3. Wax the serrated knife with a candle stub or paraffin. Cut out pumpkins.
4. Using the serrated knife and following the patterns, carve ¼”, v-shaped grooves in the pumpkins to create the pumpkin sections. Smooth the cut edges with the back of a metal teaspoon.
5. Pin the leaf patterns to the ½” foam sheet and trace around the patterns with a sharp pencil. Cut out the leaves with the serrated knife.
6. Use tip of spoon to press central vein line into each leaf.
7. Glue leaves to pumpkins as indicated.
8. Paint the pumpkins with a faux rust finish, following the manufacturer’s instructions. You will probably need several coats.
9. Optional: If you’d like to hang your pumpkins, add a sawtooth hanger to the back. Dip nails in glue before inserting through holes in saw-tooth hangers at center back of each pumpkin.
Do you love these as much as I do? Do you have other faux finish techniques and ideas you can share? If you know of other faux finish paints, let me know and I’ll check them out and add them to the list. Thanks!
Before I go, let me announce the winners of the Country Living giveaway! Thank you to all who entered, and to Country Living magazine for providing the fair passes and magazine subscription. The winner of the weekend passes for the Country Living Fair is Karen Valentino. The winner of the Country Living magazine subscription is Veronica. Each winner will also receive a Crafts ‘n Coffee mug, Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Via Packets, and a craft apron. Please contact me, Karen and Veronica, to arrange for your prizes.
**PLEASE NOTE: This giveaway is closed.**