{Thanksgiving} Table Decor

Yesterday you saw my Trio of No-Sew Table Runners, inspired by Eddie Ross’s tablescapes. So it should be no surprise to discover that he was also the creator of the centerpiece I had bookmarked to make!

I saw this cover of Woman’s Day Magazine somewhere and was instantly drawn to the splattered pumpkins on the cover:

I flipped to the story, and there’s Eddie Ross…painting pumpkins! I like the idea of incorporating items I already own, and my uncarved Halloween pumpkins are still looking great, so I decided to make these the center of my Thanksgiving table.
He actually used a dry brush soaked in paint to splatter his pumpkins, but I don’t have a huge workspace and that sounded like a hot mess waiting to happen.
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I used Rustoleum’s Heirloom White to spray the pumpkins, and some random gold paint from my craft box for the stems. Then I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top half I wanted flecked, and shook on the Martha Stewart tinsel glitter (from Michaels). This method is still a bit messy, but definitely more contained.
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I’m fairly pleased with how they turned out. But I’m really pleased that I found a way to extend the life of my pumpkins, and decorate my Thanksgiving table for free!
And since I’m all about using free nature for decor, and gold paint apparently…I took a bag of collected acorns:

And sprayed them with Krylon Gold Plate. I don’t love the color of this gold, so I only sprayed half, then mixed them with the remaining natural acorns as well.

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Here’s how it’s all coming together:
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I’m still playing with the placement, and I think I’ll probably ditch the pinecones. I mean, we need space for the sweet potatoes! (hello, priorities!)
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Next (and final) step is to actually set the table, and come up with some placecards. Hopefully I’ll have it done by Monday to show you.
Have a great weekend — what are you scrambling to finish before Thanksgiving?!
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