Dress Up Your Pumpkins with Copper Leaf

Make a gilded pumpkin that will dazzle from Halloween straight through Thanksgiving! Special projects editor Megan Pflug has all the glittering details.
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One of my favorite things about fall is the bounty of amazing gourds and pumpkins available at the farmers’ market. Arranging a few together on a sideboard or a tabletop is a classic way to bring a touch of the season inside, but this year I wanted to put a glamorous spin on this earthy arrangement. Scroll down for my step-by-step guide to copper-leafing your pumpkins.
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What You’ll Need

  • A pumpkin (or 2 or 3)
  • 2 clean, soft-bristle paintbrushes
  • An 8-oz. tub of water-based size (I used Dux)
  • Copper leaf (I used Schaibin)
Begin by painting your pumpkin with the size. It goes on milky white and dries clear and slightly tacky. Once the size is dry, you’re ready to begin applying the copper leaf. Simply place pieces of it onto the pumpkin until the entire surface is covered. (I found that a paintbrush was helpful in maneuvering the delicate leaf.) To finish it off I used a second, clean paintbrush to smooth out the gilded surface and brush away the excess copper. Tip: The more you smooth the copper leaf with the brush or your finger, the less visible your seams will be.
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Dress Up Your Pumpkins with Copper Leaf

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