Halloween Ideas: Crackled and Studded Pumpkins

This post is sponsored by DecoArt. All opinions, ideas and photography is my own.

Crackled and Studded Pumpkins


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Faux Pumpkin

Metallic Paint

DecoArt Media Crackle Paste

Soft Paint Brush

Brass Upholstery Tacks (Thumbtacks might work too!)

Small Hammer



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Start with a painted pumpkin. I had these gold pumpkins that I had spray painted gold so I couldn’t wait to try this. You can also use DecoArt Fluid Acrylics to paint your pumpkin. This will be the color of the cracks and flakes after you paint your pumpkin with the crackle paste.

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This is basically magic in a tub. When I opened the little jar it was thick like frosting and I literally said “what!?” out loud. It says paste right on it but for some reason I wasn’t expecting the consistency. I gave it a go and now I wanna crackle everything.

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Using my soft brush (I love this brush so much! I use it for everything. You can get one here.) I painted the entire pumpkin with a thick coat of DecoArt Media Crackle Paste and let it dry. It’s hot here in Arizona so I set it outside (around 90 degrees…at night… yeah…) for about a half hour and it started to dry and crack. The thicker you apply it, the bigger the cracks. Keep in mind that thicker paste = longer dry time but it’s worth it. The big cracks look bomb!

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After it dried thoroughly, I took my fingernail and scraped some of the flakes off to reveal more gold.

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I was loving the look at this point. Check out the texture this Crackling Paste creates!

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I decided my Crackle Paste Pumpkin needed a buddy so I decided to make a Studded Pumpkin using nailhead trim to pair it with.

It was so easy! I spray painted it white and then applied the nailhead in the ribs of the pumpkin. Please disregard my need for a new manicure. 🙂 Some of the nailhead may be tough to push in so use a small hammer to tap them into place. It works really well!

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Studded Pumpkins

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    October 20, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I love how these turned out! I am definitely going to have to try that crackle out!

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    September 12, 2016 at 2:39 am

    Just the help that I need for my party this year❤️

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    Carol Morrice
    October 13, 2018 at 10:04 am


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    November 12, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Good job. The first one looks cute while the other looks shaped with clay or something like this https://bit.ly/3AJ0pNi

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