crafts, Decor

Epic Pumpkin Fail

When I started this blog, I promised to share my successes and my failures. And while I’ve had some toot-my-own-horn  successes lately (dying a slipcover, creating an easy jewelry storage solution, and cooking up a yummy seafood paella), I need to tell you about the pumpkin catastrophe that recently occurred in my house. You’ll remember that I bought some smallish pumpkins and coated them in matte black spray paint. 

Now, I have seen TONS of bloggers write about painting pumpkins and I have never seen any of them warn that this will kill the pumpkins! I painted them on October 1st and you can imagine my surprise when Sophia said, “Mommy. The pumpkin is opening up.” on October 12th. When I came to investigate, I found this:

After we got over the shock, me and the girls took turns plucking the stems off of the rotting pumpkins. They fell right off.

They were so rotten in some spots that they were caving in.

Before you say “maybe they were just bad pumpkins”, I’ll tell you that I bought three other pumpkins from the same place on the same day and those are fine. Surprise, surprise! They have no spray paint on them!

I bought some new ones and I’m thinking of attempting a little gold craft paint on them. I think the key might be to not cover the whole thing. I guess I must have suffocated them! Sorry pumpkins.

 I’m attempting a craft this afternoon with the girls. Hopefully this one will work out a little better. Have you had any craft fails lately? Please tell me and make me feel better!!


Sue at Home

11 thoughts on “Epic Pumpkin Fail”

  1. Your post made me laugh! I did a “Tangled” Disney Family Movie Night. We made flying lanterns. They never even got off the ground. Burned to a crisp. Blog update is coming with photos of the flames but first I’ve ordered new real ones from Hong Kong and we’ll try again. With less tears from the kids and less fire this time I hope!

  2. Oh man. I wish I’d seen this BEFORE I spray painted 2 pumpkins and left them on my clothes dryer for 2 weeks. Our garage is a disaster.

    And by the way, yours is the only thing I can find online that warns people of this exact issue. Everyone else is like “Pumpkin painting! Paint your pumpkins! Isn’t this fabulous?!”

    1. Sue,
      Thanks for posting. Do you think I could get away with spray painting the mini pumpkins for a centerpiece to use one time? We are planning a 50th anniversary party and I thought mini gold pumpkins on the table would be adorable since the party is Nov 1 and they were married on Halloween? I could paint them Thur night for the sat party.

      1. I absolutely think they would last a few days. Mine were around for at least a week so I think that’s why they got rotten. Good luck!

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