DIY Thanksgiving Table Décor

Thanksgiving is seriously one of my favorite holidays — no really.  There is no pressure for gifts, you don’t have three million parties to attend on any one given night.  Nope, it’s just a great dinner surrounded by friends and family.  And if you are attending my Thanksgiving dinner this year up in Breckenridge costumes are required — pilgrim, indian, Paula Deen, it’s really up to you. Btw, did you see the fab skit on SNL with Kristen Wiig as Paula Deen?  Priceless.

But OK, back to the point of this post.  As I am the lone interior designer attending our costumed feast, I thought it only appropriate that I decorate the table.  I wanted the design to be something fresh and new, not your typical smattering of gourds, chocolate turkeys and indian corn.

I pictured squash and gourds painted metallic and matte colors, branches and leaves from outside (also spray painted) lots of candles in hurricanes and votives and tons of nuts.  Yes, I realize the people sitting around the dinner table may also qualify as nuts, but I’m talking about the mixed nuts variety that you buy in bulk at the market.

The first step? Go forth and get gourds.  Unfortunately the market I went to was fresh out of them (!?!?) so I settled with interestingly shaped squash.

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Next stop was Michael’s where I went a little nuts with spray paint, glitter & glitter glue.  I guess I was in the mood for a little sparkle!  Once I returned to my pad, I realized I needed to make a temporary spray booth so I wouldn’t gas myself and my furry little critters out of the house.  I jury-rigged a temporary booth with an Arbonne box I had laying around ::

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Isn’t she pretty?  Yeah, not so much.  But it gets the job done.  Next I found a piece of cork tile (a ceiling tile or piece of foam core will work too) and made a bed of nails so the squash and whatever else I decided to spray has something to rest on and won’t roll around as I work.  I think I saw this on Martha Stewart….

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Before you can get to the fun part, you have to prime all the squash, or gourds if you’re lucky (bah).  I like Krylon and it is available at craft and hobbie stores as well as Home Depot.

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So take your squash and rest it on your bed of nails.  Hold the can a good 12” away and move in long sweeping strokes.  If you hold the can too close you’ll end up with an uneven coat of primer and drips.  I had to figure that out the hard way.

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Once you’ve primed all visible faces of the squash, let it dry for about ten minutes, then flip it over and do the same thing to the remaining faces.

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Look at all my pretty primed squash all in a row!

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Now for the really fun part!  I bought an assortment of metallic spray paint, a high gloss terracotta and a flat white paint.  Apply the paint the same way that you applied the primer.  Slow even strokes 12”+ away from the squash.  The paint dries faster than the primer so you can start to move a little faster.

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And oh, isn’t she cute?  My first copper pumpkin!

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Did I mention that this a work in progress?  Off I go to finish up the spray painting — I’ll be back soon with an update!

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