One of my favorite techniques is to use paint to make inexpensive items look like pewter.  It’s surprisingly easy to do, and it works with glass, ceramic and plastic!  I created a creepy Halloween centerpiece from a plastic pumpkin pail using this technique, and I love the end result!
(This post first appeared at Dollar Store Crafts, where you can find me every Tuesday!)


  • Plastic pumpkin pail
  • Silver spray paint
  • Black craft paint

Step one:  Remove the handle from the pail.

Step two:  Prime the pail.  If you use a spray paint made for plastic, you can skip this step.  I use $1 white spray paint to prime the plastic.

Step three:  Spray paint the pumpkin pail with metallic silver paint.

Step four:  Use a brush to apply black paint to the “folds” in the pumpkin.  Remove most of the paint with a dry cloth.  Repeat until the desired finish is achieved.

The inexpensive orange pumpkin is suddenly more modern and expensive looking, isn’t it?  You can use the face side for Halloween, then turn it to the back side and continue to use the pumpkin until Thanksgiving.  It would look great on a mantle or as a centerpiece.

To make my centerpiece,  I filled the pail with floral foam and paper.

I added some floral stems, which I embellished with die cut paper flowers, a black bird, and doll parts.  Creepy yet not gory, just the way I like my Halloween decor!


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