I love Halloween, mums and vintage stuff. I put them all together with this project to make a trio of Jack-O-Lantern Planters with vintage inspired pumpkin faces. I received the paint for free as part of the DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program. If you follow me on Instagram this is the paint Mary dumped on the floor while I was canning tomatoes.
- Tin cans (the large pumpkins are #10 cans, the small guy is from a can of crushed tomatoes)
- DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic in Pumpkin Patch, Paprika, Orange Sherbet, Chick and Canary
- Metallic Paint Pen in an Old Gold or Coppery color
- Foam Brush
- Contact Paper
- Cosmetic sponge wedges (the white ones you can get at the dollar store)
- Nail + Hammer
- Cover the cans with one or two layers of Pumpkin Patch letting each dry
- Pour a little of Pumpkin Patch, Orange Sherbet and Paprika on a plastic plate (coolwhip-style container lids are great for this). Use the cosmetic sponge and tiny bits of all three colors to build up a mottled orange. You can make your pumpkin darker or lighter by dabbing on more Paprika or Orange Sherbet. I know I always say that my projects are easy, but really this is. I painted the one on the left and Mary took over the mottled top coat on the small can. She’s two. Have faith in your self, you can do this! I promise.
- Draw a pumpkin face on a piece of contact paper and cut out the eyes, nose and mouth. You can use a Silhouette if your feeling ambitous but I went old school and scribbled until I was happy then cut with scissors.
- Slap the contact paper on the can and smooth out as best as possible, the ridges on the can make it a little tricky
- Use another comstic wedge with Chick and Canary to fill in the face. You might need to build up a few coats so the orange doesn’t show through
- Remove the stencil after the last coat. There will be a few areas where the paint bled, after it dries you can cover it up with a little orange if it’s really bad or leave it and it’ll get covered in the next step
- Trace around the the face with the paint pen. I was going to do this with paint but it’s nearly impossible to paint a straight line on a tin can. Don’t do it, get the paint pen and save your sanity.
- Pop a few holes in the bottom of the can for drainage, you can skip this if you aren’t putting live flowers in your cans.
- Drop in a mum or decorative cabbage to give your pumpkin a fancy hairdo
I’ve had these on my front porch for two weeks now and they haven’t shown even a hint of wear. I really, really like the subtle satin sheen on this paint. It adds dimension without leaving that odd plastic glare than some paint has. It also blends like a dream, this is my new favorite craft paint hands down. My poor Ghost Windsocks are looking a tad bit rusty in spots thanks to the 98 cent spray paint.
If you love this project don’t forget to check out my Halloween page for more seasonal craft projects