I recently made the cutest (and easiest!) copper and aqua DIY pumpkin wreath. It’s such a great last minute fall decor project – perfect for people like me, who hang on to those summer vibes as long as possible…
With the house exterior still in shambles (no siding, no soffit, a mostly finished roof) I was feeling pretty unmotivated about doing any kind of fall decor outside. But then I remembered that the garage is looking super cute these days since we painted the soffit and fascia, siding, and doors. I still need to hang the copper ferry light I chose for the house and garage exterior but, for the first time since moving to the lakehouse, the garage is actually pretty enough to sport a wreath! Because we have so many exterior projects on the go (and we’ll need all new blinds/window coverings once the new larger windows are installed) I’m feeling really short on cash so I decided to re-purpose and mix up supplies from last fall (updated with leftover spray paint from my DIY garage door mural). By reusing things, this wreath didn’t actually cost anything.
- Grapevine wreath
- Lightweight plastic pumpkins
- Rust-Oleum Lacquer Spray Paint in Turquoise
- Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic: Copper Rose
- Rust-Oleum Universal Hammered: Burnished Amber
- Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Rust-Oleum sent me a case of the Universal Hammered in Burnished Amber, which I planned to use on my mural but it was just too dark.
Instead, I’ve been using it around the garage to spray things like the outlet covers and the hooks for my clothesline. It’s a little bit more brown than the siding paint color, but ultimately it’s a really good match because this charcoal brown hue is really a chameleon, changing color in every light! I had a tiny bit left in a can from some other projects, so I used it to change up the look of my old grapevine wreath (you can see how I used it for last year’s DIY ghostly rat wreath).
The burnished amber has a very rich, autumnal look but it’s subtle against the new door/siding color. I wish I could capture how pretty the sheen is when the sun shines on the garage. With the wreath painted, I grabbed the faux pumpkins I used for last year’s DIY marbled pumpkin project. I still love the marbled look, but I wanted the wreath to match my mural so I spray painted the pumpkins with Rust-Oleum’s Turquoise Lacquer and then gave each one a blast of Rust-Oleum’s Copper Rose for a gradient effect.
I just used a hot glue gun to secure the pumpkins in a random fashion to my wreath. The only tricky part was finding the perfect spot to glue where the grapevine had a large enough branch to affix the pumpkin.
I’m loving that I have a cute spot on the garage for a wreath – now I need to plan my winter wreath. I think it should have some copper too. I can’t wait to get the copper light up – ever since choosing our roof, I’m all about copper these days!
Not sure I’ll do much decorating beyond making this DIY pumpkin wreath – do you go all in for fall decor, or keep things simple? I really refuse to believe it’s fall until it starts to get super cold and then a I blink – and suddenly it’s winter.