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Elegant Gilded Pumpkins & Other Ideas

Talk about some wonderful pumpkin decorating…this photo of beautifully gilded pumpkins really caught my attention over at CountryLiving.com. There are paint kits available that you can use to get this look in The Country Living Artisans Collection, or you may be able to improvise with your own materials. Here’s how to create gilded pumpkins in a nutshell and for more information, visit the links above. All photos shown and gilding directions are from CountryLiving.com.

How to get started…

You can use real or faux pumpkins…make sure the surface is clean and dry. Wearing gloves, apply a base coat with a paintbrush to seal the surface. Let dry for 30-60 minutes.

Position stickers (from the kit) on the pumpkin, then apply “sticky size” over the entire surface, including the stickers. Leave until it’s clear and tacky, 10 to 20 minutes.

Apply gold and silver leaf to the pumpkin and smooth with a soft cloth to fill in the gaps.

Carefully pull off stickers using tweezers.

Apply toner with a paintbrush. Wipe away the toner with a soft cloth to get the desired color and effect.

Here are some other great autumn decorating ideas I liked at CountryLiving.com

Decorate terra-cotta pots and gourds with imitation silver and gold leaf.

Carve out small pumpkins and insert votive candles…this is a great idea for decorating your table all autumn long!

Make a Pumpkin Tower, stacking different sizes and colors of pumpkins. This could work nicely in a corner of your front porch or backyard patio. There aren’t any specific instructions for this on the website, but it looks like some stems have been cut down or removed on the lower pumpkins for easier stacking.

There are 29 pumpkin decorating ideas in all, so visit CountryLiving.com to see more!

The Farm Chicks

I first heard of The Farm Chicks about six months ago in Country Living magazine. I noticed they had come out with a fun-looking cookbook, The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen. It has lots of down-home recipes, personal stories, and even some sewing and craft projects.

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I visited their website, too, and it’s really fun. I love the retro graphic art and vivid colors on the site–here are a few things I saw…

Dots are supposed to be “in” now and there are definitely a lot of dots on that site!

If you’re wondering what a Farm Chick is, they explain that, too: “A Farm Chick is a girl who sees the world through rose-colored glasses. She loves her family. She laughs a lot. She’s farmgirl meets Fifth Avenue….”

One other fun thing I noticed is that another Farm Chicks book is coming out–The Farm Chicks Christmas. If it’s anything like their first book, it will be full of great ideas…so be on the lookout for it in September!