Candycorn pumpkins- not as easy as they look

So I saw this adorable pin on Pinterest (yes I am on it, yes I am addicted)….courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens….and decided I need to make “candycorn pumpkins” for my front steps.

The description says the pumpkins are spray painted….and I have about 2,187 cans of spray paint in my basement….so I went to work.

Candy Corn Pumpkins Jennifer Allwood
I think it’s wise to paint the bottoms first. Notice my cute little helper in the background watching.

Candy Corn Pumpkins Jennifer Allwood
Unfortunately……I way oversprayed…..and it ran everywhere. Note to self: SEVERAL THIN coats of paint work best. Every painter knows this. Duh….. 
Candy Corn Pumpkins Jennifer Allwood
Then I flipped the pumpkins right side up….
Candy Corn Pumpkins Jennifer Allwood

And tinfoiled the stems ‘cuz I didn’t want those painted.
I didn’t like the overspray that the spray paint was leaving. I thought the BH&G pumpkins had a crisper transition between colors…… so I decided to tape off a paint line. Tthat looked ridiculous (see above).
Candy Corn Pumpkins Jennifer Allwood
So I went back to spray painting them. 

Candy Corn Pumpkins Jennifer Allwood

And think they look ok from a distance.
Especially when the camera is tilted.
Candy Corn Pumpkins Jennifer Allwood

I’m just not sure how BH&G did it. Thoughts???

Candy Corn Pumpkins Jennifer Allwood


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  1. Jamie
    October 21, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I saw those in your post yesterday and I totally wanted to try it. I’m so glad you explained how to do it. I think yours like so much better than mine will. 🙂

  2. Tiff
    October 21, 2011 at 2:23 am

    What if the orange is actually sprayed on too? They could have gotten a “pumpkin orange” colored spray paint and sprayed that on last. Would that have given them this type of look?

  3. Terri
    October 21, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Yours look great! Thanks for being the one to actually step out and try this thing we keep seeing all over Pinterest!! They started with weird-shaped pumpkins… and then the proportion of paint was a lot of yellow and very little white… that might help a little. {This post has a lot of extra white space at the end that I am sure you didn’t intend.} I love your porch! Great job!!! Blessings!

  4. Goings on at the Glenn's
    Goings on at the Glenn's
    October 21, 2011 at 6:16 am

    It looks like BH and G airbrushed theirs. But I still like how yours turned out too!

  5. Frugal Jen
    Frugal Jen
    October 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I’m thinking they had some photoshop magic.

    If you can’t exactly duplicate the look I don’t who else could.

  6. Julie
    October 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    maybe they spongepainted the transitions to make them blend?

  7. McAtee Family
    McAtee Family
    November 1, 2011 at 4:52 am

    What about holding a piece of paper up, so not the crisp line of the tape, but a softer transition.

  8. Kim
    October 14, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I spray painted the wine bottles like this and it did quite well, however I couldn’t just put “plain” pumpkins outside on my porch.:). So I decided to do the candy corn pumpkins as well. I hand painted as apposed to spraying and used a dry brush to feather the edges for a softer look. I’m sure BH&G are most likely airbrushed. Yours looks great! Thanks for all the beautiful pumpkin inspirations. I think I’ve almost made them all. I truly enjoy your site.:)

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