I truly believe that pumpkins are the most essential piece of fall. Really. Just ask my family. (They swear it is an unhealthy obsession.)
This copper and terra cotta pumpkin centerpiece is definitely unique and adds a classy look to any Thanksgiving table! Plus, the pots can be used around the house for the remainder of the year.
For this project, you will need:
– Four mini terra cotta pots
– Three mini pumpkins (available at your local pumpkin patch or grocery store)
– Craft leaves
– Krylon Interior-Exterior Primer
– Krylon General Purpose Copper Metallic Paint
– Acrylic finishing spray
– Sponge brush
– One bag amber glass gems (such as those found here at Affordable Craft Supplies)
– Plenty of newspaper
– Amber colored votive candles
Start by making sure you are working in a well ventilated, newspaper covered area. Use a safety mask if needed during painting.
Using Krylon Interior-Exterior Primer, coat the entire exterior of each of the pots and allow them to dry. Repeat the process with the interior of the pots by spraying the inside and then smoothing with a sponge brush.
Once the primer has fully dried, coat each exterior of the terra cotta pots with two or more coats of Krylon General Purpose Copper Metallic Paint. Repeat with the inside, smoothing the color with the sponge brush. (Hint: The more coats of paint you use, the more metallic the color. Keep painting until you’ve reached your desired amount.)
Coat each of the mini pumpkins with three or more coats of Krylon General Purpose Copper Metallic Paint. Repeat the process with the craft leaves. (The leaves are extremely fragile, so be gentle in this process.) Allow the paint to dry before adding one to two coats of acrylic finishing spray.
Place a votive candle in each of the painted terra cotta pots. Fill the remaining space with amber colored glass gems. Position in the following order on your Thanksgiving table: one terra cotta pot, one mini pumpkin, one terra cotta pot, one mini pumpkin, etc. Intermittently add painted craft leaves and amber glass gems onto the table. Light each candle carefully, and enjoy your Thanksgiving centerpiece!
TIP: This project also looks stunning with gold paint instead of copper. Or, for an additional look, consider using multi colored glass gems instead of amber ones. Add additional details to your pots and pumpkins as desired. The only limit is your imagination, so be creative!