So I had this odd idea as I was decorating my home for Easter (it feels so so long ago but here we are). I absolutely love Halloween, its a fun season with cute fall decorations, delicious treats (you had me at cinnamon) and no one feels obliged to buy you a gift. As much as I love the colours of the season, I do still love my pastel tones and I am yet to find an accessory collection where it’s Halloween but in complete pastel colours. Alas, I thought instead of waiting for my dream decorations to appear in the shops, I thought I’d just make them. So here we are, about to construct a pastel pumpkin wreath.
I don’t have an exact idea of how I want this wreath to look so I think I’m just going to wing it because even if it doesn’t work, it’ll still be cute because it’s pastel right? It’s all a figure-it-out-as-you-go kind of project. If you havn’t noticed, this is not a professional DIY blog and it probably never will be.
It’s worth saying that this is a guide and can be altered to suit yourself however you so please so have fun with it!
1. I began by tentatively placing my pumpkins around my wreath to see how they would all lay once glued. Once I was happy with the placement, I began painting all my pumpkins with white acrylic paint.
I did two coats of white acrylic to hide the orange but hte pumpkin paint kept seeping through so I think I will spray paint them white next time just for speed reasons.
2. Whilst they dried in the sun, I began by wrapping my wreath frame with ribbon and glueing it in place with the hot glue gun.
3. When my pumpkins were dry, I started painting them with the pastel colours; you can paint each pumpkin in two pastel tones, a complete solid colour or with polkadots or pastel with a jack-o-lantern face. I went with a plain solid but I was starting to find fun ideas for next year.
I painted about 3-4 layers of pastel as some colours were very light (such as the yellow).
4. Once the pastel paint had dried, I started glueing the plumpkins ontop of the ribbon. I didn’t want to make it look too rigid in terms of colour placement so I just went with an array I thought was pretty.
5. I let it sit for a while as the glue hardened and then I hung it up on my door ready for the rest of the Halloween season.
I’m pretty happy with how this wreath turned out. I had grand delusions of finishing this blog two months ago and filming this project but I had to look after my mental health and cut back on some commitments. I hope this is at least something to get you into the spooky season mood.
If I could redo anything, it would be buying a larger and deeper wreath frame so I could place the pumpkins on the side of the wreath and not just ontop. I would also buy plain white pumpkins so I didn’t have to paint so many layers to drown out the orange colour (which I can still see peeping through). The last thing I would change is I would purchase a wider range of pumpkins in different sizes to make them more jumbled and less boring. This is not the pastel pumpkin wreath of my dreams but as I keep making wreaths for my own home, I’m certainly learning as I go. I think next year, I’ll try a few alternative ideas and see where I end up. Let me know what you think!
When I showed my friend my wreath, she was buying her materials when she stumbled upon this blog who has also made a very similar wreath but used leaves instead of the ribbon. It’s super cute and a lot closer to how I wanted mine to look so go check it out!
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