DIY: Hobnail Milk Glass Pumpkin

30 Minutes

For years I've collected milk glass, particularly hobnail milk glass, so this year I decided to try my hand at creating a hobnail pumpkin! Admittedly, once I started on the one million tiny dots, I thought to myself, "I've made a huge mistake!," thinking that I would never finish. However, once I got in a rhythm, I finished this little DIY in less than 30 minutes, and I couldn't be happier with the
diy hobnail milk glass pumpkin, crafts, seasonal holiday decor
- Faux Pumpkin
- Krylon Short Cuts Spray Paint [Gloss White]
- Tulip PUFFY Dimensional Fabric Paint [White]
diy hobnail milk glass pumpkin, crafts, seasonal holiday decor
In a well ventilated area, using Krylon's extremely easy to handle Short Cuts spray paint, paint your pumpkin a high gloss white. I'm obsessed with these smaller cans, as they're perfect for small projects like this, and for some reason I almost feel like they have better coverage. Dependent upon the color of your faux pumpkin, you might need two to three coats. Make sure to let your pumpkin dry between coats to avoid drips.
diy hobnail milk glass pumpkin, crafts, seasonal holiday decor
After your pumpkin has completely dried, pick it up by the stem to move it to a work area. I made sure to have some actual hobnail glass nearby so that I could properly mimic the pattern of the dots. Using fabric paint, which has the perfect teeny-tiny tip for this project, I just started down the middle of the first 'panel.' Once I had one vertical row of dots, I started filling them in on either side, until I completed one full panel. While this definitely looks daunting, I promise this goes much quicker once you get the hang of it!
diy hobnail milk glass pumpkin, crafts, seasonal holiday decor
Once you've completed one panel, move on to the next. It's important to hold your pumpkin by the stem, and be mindful that fabric paint takes an extra long time to dry. But fear not, if you smudge anything, you can easily wipe off any mess-ups with a Q-tip and do it again.
diy hobnail milk glass pumpkin, crafts, seasonal holiday decor
I let my pumpkin dry for a full 24 hours before picking it up to ensure that all of the little dots had completely dried. If you notice that the stem has paint rubbed off from handling, simply just go back with a small paint brush and white acrylic paint to touch it up.
Spray Paint & Chardonnay

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1 question
  • Laurie Harry
    on Nov 7, 2017

    Did you have to sand down the peaks of the white dots. They appear to be pointy.

    • Maryska Giunta
      on Jun 21, 2018

      English hobnail, like Westmorland, has pointy bumps. So now you can have very collectible hobnail. Looks great!

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  • Susan Foster
    on Oct 27, 2017

    Fabric paint sure beats the old technique of gluing on split peas...OOPS showing my age

  • Kathy A
    on Aug 5, 2018

    Gorgeous. I know me; I would have to do 1 or 2 panels at a time caz I would smudge them for sure!

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