Shiny Pumpkins {My Secret}


I love beautiful, shiny pumpkins! Unfortunately, they don’t grow with shiny orange rind, so I came up with a quick and easy solution!

First of all, I must tell you that I’m not a gourmet cook. I enjoy cooking and baking, but not like the {love} I have for decorating my house. So, for those of you {who I totally admire!} who cook, puree, can etc. your pumpkins  after they’ve graced the front porch for weeks, you might just want to read another post. Consider yourself warned.  🙂


Um, hello shiny!


These photos are from my porch last year. Since our house is on the market this year, I’m keeping it simple with just my Fall wreath and flower cans. {A Fall flower can tutorial is in the works since several of you have asked me about them. So, stay tuned!}

Ok, on to my “secret” trick for shiny, beautiful pumpkins…


Krylon’s Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze

I {heart} this product!   If I remember correctly (which is doubtful!), I bought this can of clear paint/glaze at Hobby Lobby. It was a few bucks, but worth every penny! Of course, I use my spray paint gun, and my finger and hand thank me immensely. 🙂

Let’s take a gander at that shiny pumpkin again…



I sprayed my little white gourds and even the Indian corn too. It is amazing how the colors pop when the finish goes from flat to glossy.

I’m hooked!  Don’t anyone mess with my clear glaze spray paint! Ha!

Obviously, once the pumpkins and gourds are glazed they shouldn’t be consumed. Duh, right?   Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t really want to eat a pumpkin that’s been exposed to the elements and potential rotting for weeks on end anyway.

Have you ever glazed pumpkins or gourds?

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  1. ooh! I am liking this idea! I’m a big fan of the High Gloss Coat/hodgepodge for nearly everything…but spraying it on would be s much faster than doing it by brush. Brilliant. And I’m with you; the food you display outside, in the sun, for weeks…is not the food you eat.

  2. There is no end to your creativity, my love. Dinner in Seattle tonight? Plane leaves at 6:00 pm. 🙂 Gotta do something to keep up.

  3. I have not glazed a pumpkin with paint, but I have oiled one. I don’t think I would want to eat one that wasn’t fresh picked either. LOL

    Oh I just had an idea. What if you had a stenciled face that you could paint on the pumpkin. The contrast of dull and shiny would be pretty neat.

  4. You are super brilliant, my friend! (Hah- “brilliant”- get it? 😉 I’m so corny…) I will whip up complicated recipes for you anytime you feel like helping me decorate. I’m much more confident in the kitchen!
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    1. Jessie Leigh, you make me laugh and smile. I just love you and your corny jokes! 🙂 I would love a cook! We could just swap houses occasionally! 🙂

  5. Fabulous idea! Wonder if it helps them last a bit longer too? do the slugs leave your pumpkins alone? so curious!!! I am hosting a link party for Outdoor Decor too & would love to have you come over to link up! xoxo, tracie
    Fishtail Cottage´s last blog post ..Outdoor Fall Décor #2

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