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Polka Dot Pumpkin | Jennifer Allwood

I’m seriously in love with this pumpkin.  It was so quick and so easy and it’s just so……. FANCY.

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Polka Dot Pumpkin | Jennifer Allwood


 My assistant Vicki (God bless her.  She was just off for 4 days and I went in to mourning) was out shopping for my pumpkin supplies and found these finials on clearance at Hobby Lobby.

Polka Dot Pumpkin | Jennifer Allwood





I had originally planned on chevroning the pumpkin but then was in taping h-e-double l  with chevron tape, so ditched the idea for polka dots.  So much easier.  Say hello to my adorable helper by the way.  My son Easton is a rock star.

Polka Dot Pumpkin | Jennifer Allwood

These are my polka dotting tools of choice. (You can purchase them HERE too.) These are from Hobby Lobby or Michael’s and are called “daubers” or “spouncers” or “Jennifer’s favorite tool”.  It’s a sponge on a stick.  Genius.  Why didn’t I think of that???????

Polka Dot Pumpkin | Jennifer Allwood

You dip your spouncer into black ACRYLIC paint (It’s thicker so won’t run). 

(More of my polka dot painting tips are HERE)

Polka Dot Pumpkin | Jennifer Allwood

And then do what I call “punch and twist”.  You push the tool onto the pumpkin (the punch) and spin in a circle (the twist).  If you don’t twist, it sometimes won’t leave a complete circle.  Coincidentally, this is also my technique for killing spiders and the like.  I punch and twist.  If I just punch, I’ve learned they sometimes get away.  lol. Random.

WHILE THE DOTS ARE WET (key point), sprinkle glitter over the wet paint.  This means you may only be able to do a few dots in the paint and then glitter.  A few more in the paint and so on.

Polka Dot Pumpkin | Jennifer Allwood

I wanted to show you that I didn’t have 100% perfection on the dots. But we aren’t looking for perfection, right?  No one will ever know but the jillion of you I am sharing it with.  Ha!

 We tied raffia (is that what it’s called?) to the top of the finial and called it done!


Polka Dot Pumpkin | Jennifer Allwood

And here I am showing it off at the Red Barn Farm in Weston, MO this weekend where I had a great time doing pumpkin demonstrations.  In truth, I’m really just including the pic so you can see my favorite necklace and new Magic Brush tshirt!  ha!  But the Red Barn Farm people rock!


In other news, it’s quite possible that my online friend Ruthie from DecRenew Interiors was the maverick of pumpkin finials as hers is the only other ones I’ve seen.  This is from her Pinterest page here.   Go tell Ruthie you think she is genius, will you?   LOVE it.

Ok friends.  Fall is here.  Get to pumpkin painting!




See more of my pumpkins & get instructions in my Pumpkin Decorating Slideshow!


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