Updating Outdoor Jack O’ Lanterns


Worn faded pumpkins are too scary, see how updating outdoor jack o’ lanterns will put the fun back into your Halloween decor!


I admit it, I don’t have a ton of Halloween decorations. I’m not into the gory stuff, at all. One day as I was walking through the aisles of my local Target store I came across the happiest pumpkins. I don’t normally splurge but I couldn’t pass these jovial gourds up. After a few years out in the yard, pumpkins became faded and not so happy. I was sad to let them go and came up with this easy solution to updating outdoor jack o’ lanterns and all is well again!


Updating Outdoor Jack O' lanterns pin


Let’s take a quick look at the before and after photos before I jump into the easy process! In the before photo, you can see the original fading via the large pumpkin and then my attempts at making these cuties better. The attempt worked for a season but I had no desire to keep repainting every year. Hence, today’s tutorial. 

before and after collage of updating outdoor jack o' lanterns


Let’s get started on the updating outdoor jack o’ lanterns project!



Flat black paint

Antique copper metallic craft paint

Precious metals Bronze paint

Turquoise acrylic paint

Satin non-yellowing spray lacquer

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Step 1:

I started out by painting the pumpkins flat acrylic black.

Step 1 paint pumpkins in flat black updating outdoor jack o' lanterns


Step 2:

Once dried I applied a thin layer of antique copper.

Step 2 apply antique copper paint updating outdoor jack o' lanterns


Step 3:

For the third paint layer, I grabbed my gorgeous Bronze paint by Precious Metals and went over the entire pumpkin.

Step 3 Apply precious metal paint in bronze updating outdoor jack o' lanterns


Step 4:

After allowing the bronze paint color to dry I dragged Decoart’s “Indian Turquoise” acrylic craft paint down the sides of the Jack O’ Lanterns… paying attention to how the elements might affect the happy gourds. I smudged the turquoise in areas to create a little more wear.

Step 4 add the turquoise patina updating outdoor jack o' lanterns


Step 5:

Finally, add two coats of non – yellowing satin poly to keep the pumpkins bright and shiny!

Step 5 protect your handiwork by using lacquer outdoor jack o' lanterns

Ariel view of outdoor jack o' lanterns to show the patina finish better

Looking forward to tucking these little guys into the landscape and you can replicate this process on any pumpkin!

Till Later Friends!

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