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Distressed Tribal Pumpkin

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™

Distressed Tribal Pumpkin
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Distressed Tribal Pumpkin

designed by Micaela Spiggle

Decorate in tribal style this fall with a pumpkin stenciled and painted with Americana® Decor.

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Learn more about Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™.


Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Everlasting (ADC01)
  • Relic (ADC28)
  • Vintage (ADC17)

Americana Decor® Varnishes

  • Ultra-Matte Varnish (ADM04)

Americana® Stencils

  • Array of Arrows (12" x 12") (ASMM27)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • sandpaper (fine-grit)
  • painter's tape (optional)
  • 3/4" flat brush
  • 9" foam pumpkin
  • cosmetic sponges (one for each color)


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Use a 3/4" flat brush and Vintage to paint the entire pumpkin. Rinse brush. Use the same brush and Relic to paint the stem. Rinse brush.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Hold or tape the Americana Array of Arrows Stencil so the line of triangles fits perfectly in one section of the pumpkin’s stripes. Load a cosmetic sponge with Everlasting to pounce on every other stripe of the pumpkin. (This is optional: I switched the direction of the triangles on each stripe.) Above and below each line of triangles, pounce the thinner arrowhead chevron using Everlasting.
    Step 1 Example
  3. On the remaining stripes, use one of the larger arrows of choice on every fourth stripe. Use a cosmetic sponge to apply in Relic. On all remaining stripes, use the fletchings (end of the arrow) and pounce on with Relic. Remove and wash stencil. Let dry completely.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Use a fine-grit sandpaper to distress the pumpkin as little or as much as you desire. Use a paper towel to remove the dust.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Use a 3/4" flat brush to seal the pumpkin with Ultra-Matte Varnish (especially if you are planning on putting the pumpkin outdoors).
    Step 4 Example