Gilded Geometric Pumpkins

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It’s time for another Thrift Store Challenge! This time I found these cool geometric pumpkins or apples (not sure) on clearance for the low price of $2 a piece. Can I get a heck yeah!


I decided to spray paint them white since they were scratched and to get a clean slate to start from. When I the paint dried I had a hard time figuring out if I wanted to add anything else to them. They were just so elegant being all white. I was afraid I would overdo them.

I played around with different mediums to add some pop, but I everything I thought of would take away from the design. That’s when I decided on gold gilding! I love gold gilding on pumpkins it is so gorgeous to me. Let me show you how I made these beauties over.

Geometric Pumpkins




First, let’s talk spray paint~

The geometric pumpkins I found had a shiny coating on them and when I first tried to spray paint them with regular cheap paint I had on hand. The paint ran off the pumpkins. Not good.

Off to the hardware store I went. I bought a can of Rust-oleum Universal Bonding Primer and wow am I in love with this stuff. It bonds a top coat to difficult surfaces. It worked perfectly!

I followed it with a coat of Rust-oleum Semi-gloss enamel and they came out fabulous. Like you just bought them in a store fabulous. I was able to add washi tape to the pumpkins and it peeled right off without taking the paint with it! Great stuff!

Paint the pumpkins let them dry overnight. Now you are ready to add your gilding.


Tape off the area you are going to add gilding adhesive. Apply a thin layer of gilding adhesive to the pumpkin. Let it dry for a few minutes or until it feels tacky to the touch.


Lay a gilding sheet over the adhesive. Do not peel the gilding off of the wax sheet. Rub the wax backing to smooth and adhere the gilding. Allow it to dry for 1 to 2 hours.


Use a soft brush to remove extra gilding from edges.


Peel off the washi tape. Apply a thin layer of sealant over the gilding so it will not chip off and that’s it!


You have two trendy gorgeous pumpkins for your fall decor! They really came out better than I expected. And who knew they could be this great!



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  1. 10.9.16
    Dee said:

    These are super cute! Love the design!

  2. 10.4.16

    So very creative! I love anything gilded & these are adorable!

  3. 10.4.16
    Maureen said:

    What a fantastic find! And, I love what you did with them. Pumpkins with a modern edge! I have never tried gilding before, but this project makes me want to give it a try.

    • 10.4.16
      Kim said:

      Thanks Maureen, I am so in love with gilding. I want to put it on everything! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. 10.4.16

    Girl, these are GORGEOUS! I would not have even thought to do this. The small added gold gilding totally makes these so modern and funky.

  5. 10.2.16
    Edye said:

    SO cute, Kim! This DIY is so unique :)

  6. 9.30.16
    Pili said:

    They are really cool!! I think the gold gilding is just perfect, it gives them a sophisticated look without overdo them.

  7. 9.29.16

    These are so cool. Like a modern version of a traditional pumpkin. I love how you applied the gold gilding. I think I would want to keep them out all year round.

    • 10.1.16
      Kim said:

      I think I need them out year long too Debra! Thanks for reading.

  8. 9.29.16
    Emy said:

    These are amazing! I’ve never seen anything like them. I would use them as bookends. Love the gold detail.

    • 9.29.16
      Kim said:

      Thanks so much Emy, They are really unique. They were on clearance at Hobby Lobby. I can’t believe they were 2 bucks!

  9. 9.29.16

    How cute are these!! I agree with not wanting to overdo the design but I think the gilding is perfect!

    • 9.29.16
      Kim said:

      Thank Amanda,
      They are my new favorite fall things. They really came out better than I thought.