How To Make Elegant Foam Pumpkins Using Silicone Molds

15 Materials
$30
3 Hours
Easy

I've always loved fall, and fall decor is one of my favorite things to make!

Every September, I go to Wal-Mart and grab about 15-20 foam pumpkins of all different sizes. There's so much that you can do with them!

You can also check out my previous tutorial to see how I used leftover scraps of Redesign with Prima's decor transfers (pictures and sayings on the pumpkins) to update the look of some of these foam pumpkins.

As for this tutorial, I used Redesign with Prima's decor molds. They just released a bunch of new designs including cherry blossoms and bell orchids 😍 And I just had to use them right away! I made about 10 different pumpkins, so you'll see a mix of pumpkins throughout this tutorial.

Here's how I created these elegant pumpkins....

Homemade Decorated Foam Pumpkins
Easy DIY Decorated Foam Pumpkins


DIY Pumpkin Decor

Gather Your Materials

  • Paint (I used Frenchic Furniture Paint in a variety of colors, even mixing some to get the perfect shade) You can choose any variety of colors to fit your decor. I do prefer a chalk mineral paint. I like the matte finish, and the fact that most are non toxic and odorless. You can find Frenchic products in my Etsy store, linked below.
  • You'll also need a variety of Redesign with Prima's decor molds. I used Bell Orchids, Cherry Blossoms, Winter Bloom, Botanist Floral, Sorrento Laurels, and Tillurie Flourishes. Obviously you don't need to use all of these, just choose the molds you'd like to make your design with. These are also found in my Etsy shop.
  • Pickup some paper clay, found in most craft stores and on Amazon. If you have a Michael's store near you, grab a 40% off coupon and pickup it up there.
  • You'll need some corn starch, this stops the paper clay from sticking.
  • Wood glue
  • A small paintbrush to use with the wood glue.
  • And a paintbrush to dust the corn starch.
Paint Pumpkins
Paint

Paint your pumpkins the desired colors and allow to dry. The color used here is called Wise Old Sage, it's a gorgeous neutral pale green color.

Make Molds
Make Molds

Once the paint has dried, start making molds.

Dust the silicone mold with corn starch, you don't want it built up in the corners, just lightly dusted.

Grab a ball of paper clay and warm it up in your hands a bit by pressing it, rolling it, flattening it ect ..

Then press it into the mold, removing any excess. It's much easier to remove the excess clay while it's still in the mold rather than after you take it out.

Flip the mold over and start to slowly pull back on the edge so that the clay begins to pop out, keep going until the mold is completely out, lightly pulling on the clay to help it out if needed.


Attach Molded Clay to the Pumpkin
Attach Molded Clay to the Pumpkin

Once you have the molded clay out, carefully flip it over and put some wood glue on the back side. Be sure to get all of the edges. Then carefully place it on the pumpkin in the desired spot, lightly pressing down, ensuring it makes contact with the pumpkin.

Continue this process until you have the desired design.

You can overlap molds, just be sure it is adhered well.

Always apply the molds while the clay is still wet. Once dried, they are no longer pliable and will not form to the pumpkin.

Make Resin Molds
Make Resin Molds

You can also use 2 part amazing resin for extremely crisp details. These won't form to rounded edges like the clay will, but still a great option for smaller molds on the flat areas.

Mix the resin according to directions. It's usually equal parts of each. The amazing resin sets in just minutes, so it's best to only make a little at a time and move quickly.

Pour the mixed resin into the mold, no corn starch needs to be added beforehand, and allow to dry for about 10 minutes. You'll see it start to turn white as it dries. They pop out super easily! And the detail and lines are always crisp.

Amazing resin makes two different kinds. The quick set one and a regular one that takes about 24-48 hours to set. Make sure you get the one that best suits your project


Paint Again
Paint Again

Now that you have your molds on the pumpkins, they need to dry before painting. This usually takes about 12 hours. It's ok if they are still a bit wet, but you want the edges dry so that they don't chip off while painting.

Paint the molds the same color as the pumpkin, make sure you get the edges so that no white is showing.



Dry Brush
Dry Brush

I then dry brushed the pumpkins using Cream Dream, a creamy off white color.

When dry brushing, you want basically no paint on your brush. Wipe most of it off onto a paper towel/rag before brushing it into the pumpkins.

I like to dry brush in all different directions, left-right, up-down, diagonal. This highlights the texture more and I really like the look.



Add Some Shine
Add Some Shine

I love Frenchic's product called Frensheen! It's a metallic mineral pigment that is so bright and so pretty. For the sage, coral, and light blue pumpkins, I mixed gold and silver Frensheen with a little Finishing Coat to give me a pale gold. I then lightly brushed the tops of the molds with this mixture. I didn't get down into the details, I only wanted it on the raised areas.

For the darker blue and purple pumpkin, I used copper Frensheen in same way as above.

On the pumpkins without any molds, I dry brushed copper and Gold Frensheen over them.


Paint the Stem

Don't forget to paint the stems!


DIY Fall Decor

Now you have gorgeous unique pumpkins to put out on display ❤️

DIY Metallic Pumpkin Decor
Homemade Pumpkin Decor
Metallic Pumpkin Decor

With so many different colors and decor molds available, options are endless! From traditional to country to steampunk, there are decor molds to suit your style!

Happy pumpkin making!

And enjoy your autumn 🍁🍂❤️


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  • Deborah Foltyn
    Deborah Foltyn
    on Sep 8, 2020

    Can glue sticks or air dry clay be used in place of the paper clay? BTW these are just beautiful!

    Thanks for your time and thanks for sharing

    • Deer Run Revamps
      Deer Run Revamps
      on Sep 9, 2020

      Yes. I would still use corn starch with the air dry clay, but it's not needed with hot glue

  • BeckSunderman
    BeckSunderman
    on Sep 11, 2020

    Will this work on styrafoam, paper mache', plastic, or other fake pumpkins? As beautiful as they are, I'd like to reuse over more than one year.

    • Deer Run Revamps
      Deer Run Revamps
      on Sep 11, 2020

      Absolutely. This project was done using foam pumpkins, I've also used plastic pumpkins. I don't recommend using real pumpkins

  • Cheri Tanner
    Cheri Tanner
    on Sep 30, 2020

    I see this post was from last year....but I'm just now seeing it!. Question...Can you make different decorations at once and put them on? I am finding that I can only do one at a time because I want them to set right. If I try to put another clay decoration on, the other one starts to slip down. How long do you have to wait in between? If you did put them all on, could you please tell me how you did it? Once glued...did you put scotch tape temporarily over it???Kidding! I'm not used to clay moldings!

    • Deer Run Revamps
      Deer Run Revamps
      on Sep 30, 2020

      I try do one side at a time and Kay the pumpkin down so that gravity works with me. But, I have lightly out tape over then as well to hold them in place until they glue gets tacky

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  • Deborah Foltyn
    Deborah Foltyn
    on Oct 11, 2020

    Thanks, did the hot glue, worked well, was able to finish first foam pumpkin in about two hours, would never have thought to do this, you are an inspiration!

    Thinking spring flower pots 😊

  • Deborah Foltyn
    Deborah Foltyn
    on Oct 12, 2020

    Thank you, would not have been able to create without your post. 😊

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