Metal Pie Tin Fall Pumpkin Project

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1 Hour

At this time of year I am always looking for thrift shop finds to transform into fun fall indoor and outdoor decor! A metal pie tin received a fun fall transformation here.

This pie tin was on clearance at a consignment shop last week, and I got it for half price or $3.

I wanted to paint the pie tin orange with spray paint but our local Menard's was out of most orange spray paint, except super glossy or neon orange. I brushed on some of my remaining Decoart Chalky Finish Paint in Heritage. Luckily, the color is still available in 8 ounce bottles since I love the color for pumpkins.

Here is the pie tin after three coats and a light sanding to level some brush strokes.

Next another of my tree branch "stems" was cut on the diagonal on the chop saw to fit the pie plate back angle.

The "stem" was screwed onto the pie tin. I distressed the edges of the pie tin with sandpaper, but didn't like the shiny metal showing through the paint.

Last year I found a package of Tulip Colorshot fall fabric stencils at Joann Fabrics. They are small paper stencils that Tulip suggests work with spray paint on clothing. I don't know if they are available in the stores this year or not, and any small pumpkin stencil would work. I taped the stencil onto the pie plate bottom with blue painter's tape, and pounced on the stencil with Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silk.

I touched up the shiny metal distressed edges of my pie plate with more orange paint, and pulled out my FolkArt Layering Block to add faux distressing. I squirted a small amount of Ceramcoat Walnut Noyer Craft Paint on a paper plate.

I brushed a small amount of paint on one corner of the layering block with a small sponge brush.

Then, I simply rubbed the layering block corner along parts of the edge of the pie tin. Until I got the hang of the layering block, I often had to touch up the faux distressing with a small brush and a bit more of the base color paint.

I glued a sawtooth hanger on the back of the pie tin with E6000.

Lastly, I waxed the pie plate with Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in Clear and tied a bit of raffia on the "stem".

Here is my finished pumpkin! You can visit some of my other "pumpkin" repurpose projects HERE and HERE.

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  • Patty Patty on Sep 19, 2021

    This is a really cute idea. I have a couple of questions. Why did you drill holes in the bottom of the pan,and what is a layering block?

  • Bob Skelton Bob Skelton on Sep 21, 2021

    Couldnt you use hand held coping saw and instead of stencil cut out a pumpkin face on metal pie pan ... To make it more realistic ?


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