Fearless Friday, Fanciful Pumpkins


Have you seen the new fall MacKenzie-Childs pumpkins?

Aren’t they fun??





Let’s make some of our own!





Step 1: Plan!

I made a couple of photo reference pages to refer to while painting

For the orange pumpkin I decided on white hydrangeas and pink roses

This page also has a photo of the inspiration photo for the aqua dried flower and ribbon topped gilded pumpkin



The second page has a photo of the MKC mixed pattern pumpkin along with large pink blooms and black eyed Susans that I decided to paint on mine



I found a glossy ceramic  white pumpkin with black checks at Hobby Lobby, perfect!

I also got  a faux orange and aqua/green pumpkin

At 40% off, wow, these are way more affordable than the pricey MacKenzie Childs pumpkins!

{please forgive my messy desk, I promised myself I would clean it up this weekend!}





Step 2

Do a practice sketch or painting page, to plan out your design and practice strokes, colors






I started with painting petals on 2 opposing white parts of the glossy pumpkin with yellow gloss enamel acrylic paint and a touch of brown

Then I painted the center with a dab of black applied with a small round brush

The stems and leaves were added with a mix of green and yellow with a thin liner brush







The other 2 sections were painted with an abstract rose design in pink and orange




To finish I added some black dots to the pink rose sections and orange dots to the stem





For the faux orange pumpkin I started with the hydrangea blooms.  Basically load a fat round brush with white and a tiny touch of yellow and green and apply the paint with quick dabs

You can see a tutorial for painting hydrangeas here

Then add leaves and large pink abstract roses




To finish this pumpkin I gave it some black dots





and a checked ribbon with a berry spray





The final pumpkin got a topper of ribbon, copper leaves, a sunflower, a large rust colored hydrangea bloom and berries




Once the topper was in place I added some gold leaf in the crevices

Follow the directions on the gold leaf package, I do gold leaf in an unconventional way so I don’t want to teach you my bad habits!  But I will tell you that I use Mod Podge to apply it and it works fine for me…






Aren’t they cute?!?!








I am looking forward to having a lot of fun with these in the weeks ahead!

Happy creating, and Be Fearless!


All supplies came from Hobby Lobby


🌻 🎨 🎃 🎨 🍁


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Love Your Creativity    What’s for Dinner?

Between Naps on the Porch,  Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

All About Home Common Ground & Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade



50 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Fanciful Pumpkins”
  1. Ann Woleben says:

    So much fun and so festive!

  2. Nancy says:

    You did one beautiful job! Wow! Similar to hers but your very own!

  3. Carol says:

    Your pumpkins are adorable – I love them!

  4. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Oh, Jenna, you are so talented!!! I adore the MC pumpkins, but they are a little pricey. Your pumpkins are just as pretty if not prettier! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

  5. Julie says:

    Hi Jenna, I am amazed at your makeover of the pumpkins to look like MC. You did a great job and they look beautiful. Enjoy using them for your fall decorating. Have a happy Friday and weekend.
    Julie xo

  6. Jan says:

    What stunning results you designed. My favorite is the black checked one. I like how you tied the black centered yellow flowers to the rose section by adding the black dots. Enjoy all your posts.

  7. These are so pretty! You’ve got me thinking about digging out my paint supplies.

  8. trkingmomoe says:

    Those are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  9. Rosie M. says:

    Oh, Jenna, you’ve outdone yourself! I’m such a traditionalist, that I’ve only ever decorated with orange pumpkins, but you have made me a believer that multi-patterned pumpkins definitely have a place in the fall decoration scene. You have done a BEAUTIFUL job of decorating your pumpkins. I especially love the black and white ceramic one! I can’t give you enough bravos!!

  10. Love your darling pumpkins, Jenna. Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. CoziNest says:

    Great job, Jenna! I want one of all of them please. Lol. Seriously, are you selling them?

  12. Jill Kuhn says:

    I LOVE your pumpkins!! 😃🍂🌼 I was at Hobby Lobby this week too and bought several of their cute pumpkins to decorate my husband’s business. I posted a couple of them on my blog today! 😊 I also purchased a plastic one that I am collaging with papers. It is taking awhile to do! 😉 I really like the ones you decorated! I might have to go back and get a few more!! 🎃

  13. These are very fun! And a terrific inspiration!

  14. pattyanneart says:

    Your pumpkins are fabulous, Jenna!! 🎃🌼🧡
    So creative and fun!! Love it!! ❤️

  15. Jenna, I adore your pumpkins! The MC ones are beautiful, but indeed too pricey. You continue to amaze me with your talent! Have a wonderful weekend.

  16. Linda says:

    Your pumpkins are darling. Love the colors and styles. MKC has some great inspiration. with your talents, you created some beautiful pumpkins. Kudos to you Jenna.

  17. Mary says:

    Jenna, I’ve been admiring those MKC floral pumpkins and what a perfect canvas your black and white check pumpkin makes from Hobby Lobby! Your new blooming pumpkin patch is beautiful!!

  18. Kitty says:

    Oh my goodness…yes, these pumpkins are TOO CUTE for words!!! You’re so talented!!

  19. What fantastic pumpkins, thank you for sharing on #omhgww Linkup this week!

  20. These fancy pumpkins are fantastic!

  21. I love what you did with these! They came out so lovely!

  22. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

  23. Marci says:

    These are so pretty! Your post will be one of my features for Happy Fall Link Party. Thank you for sharing with us! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
    pinned. shared on FB.

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