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DIY Metallic Pumpkin Place Cards for Thanksgiving

The start of November means Halloween is officially over, and it's time to focus on all things Thanksgiving. But you don't have to completely give up your favorite Halloween and fall decor just yet. 

For Halloween (and general fall) decorations, I love to get a bunch of mini pumpkins from the local grocery store or farmer's market to display around the house and on the front porch. They add a rustic flair and seasonal pop of orange to balance out the rest of the loud Halloween trinkets.

But once November rolls around, I'm not too eager to give up my favorite little gourds. They make for great Thanksgiving baubles on their own, but it's always fun to mix up your seasonal decor and add a touch of color or metallic bling. 

With Thanksgiving season officially upon us, I decided to take my mini pumpkins and paint them in metallic gold to create glamorous and personalized place cards for the Thanksgiving tablescape. Metallic gold, copper and silver are really in for home decor right now, and painting the mini gourds was super easy. I also had fun playing around with designs and colors, and made a variety of pumpkins to add some variation to the dinner table.

The best part about this project is you can make them ahead of time, and display the blinged out pumpkins around your house for some seasonal decor. Once Thanksgiving rolls around, just attach your name tags to the pumpkins and place on the dinner table. 

Not only are you upcycling your Halloween decor, you're also adding a personalized touch of glam to your fun family dinner. 

  • Mini pumpkins
  • White spray paint
  • Metallic acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Twine or colored ribbon
  • Blank gift tags
  • Stencil (optional)
  • Mod Podge and glitter (optional, if making gltter pumpkins)

Step 1: Wash your mini pumpkins so the surface is clean and smooth. Lay a small plastic tarp or blank paper bag on a flat surface to paint on. Be careful not to use newspaper or colored magazines, as the dyes may rub off on your pumpkins.

Step 2: Spray paint the pumpkins white. Wait 10-15 minutes to dry, and spray again. Wait another 20 minutes to completely dry.

Step 3: Once your pumpkins are dry, paint with your acrylic paint. Wait 15 minutes, or until completely dry to the touch, and paint another coat until completely covered. If you want to create hard lines or designs, be wary about using painters tape; it may take off the white spray paint with it.

Step 4: Write your names on the blank gift tags. I used a metallic gel pen in gold (I have kind of a gold problem, if you haven't already noticed), but a Sharpie or other color gel pen should work fine. If you want to use initials, trace the letter using a stencil.

Step 5: Once the pumpkins are completely dry, string the twine or ribbon through the gift tag, and tie to the stem of the pumpkin. Leave the edges of the string out for a more rustic feel, tie into a bow or trim completely.

Step 6: For glittered pumpkins, wait until the paint is completely dry. Using a paint brush, cover the pumpkin with Mod Podge, and sprinkle glitter all over the pumpkin until completely covered. Make sure you apply glitter before Mod Podge dries. Warning: Glitter is fabulous, but extremely messy.


More Chic Thanksgiving Decor:

Harvest Wreath from Harry & David

Fields of Europe Fall Centerpiece from 1800Flowers.com

Collector's Edition Stacked Pumpkin Jar from Cheryl's

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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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