How To Make Your Own Elegant Painted Pumpkin Centerpiece

I want to create a great fall centerpiece that won’t look tacky. I despise the traditional ones that look like I dropped a few leaves and pumpkins on the table and called it a day. Do you have any ideas that could help me make a nice centerpiece for fall?


Dear Abby:

Fall is a lovely time of year for nesting. Staying indoors and curling up by the fire seems to be what our hearts desire as the temperature falls, hinting that “snow weather” is in the air. Our homes fill with the scent of pumpkin pie and turkey dinners. We have the urge to redecorate our homes to suit the season upon us, but we feel that the traditional decorations don’t jive with our personal style. What is one to do with such a dilemma? Do Fall and Halloween decorations have to be tacky? I say “no”! If we can have all these lavish decorations that follow the latest trends for Christmas, then why can’t we have the same for Fall?

As with any other season, adding a stellar centerpiece is the best way to add a splash of class to a special occasion. My personal favourite fall centerpiece involves a lot of style with very little effort. I take fresh pumpkins, gourds and squash, spray paint them in various metallic colours, then add a touch of glam to them with rhinestone stick-ons.

Supplies needed for this project:

  • Pumpkins, Gourds and/or Squash in various shapes and sizes
  • Krylon Black Spray Paint
  • Krylon White Spray Paint
  • Krylon Silver Spray Paint
  • Stick-on Rhinestones

Step 1:

Spray paint the various squash in different colours. We choose black, white and silver for an elegant, modern look. Spray paint is best for a clean, even finish. Follow the instructions on the can to ensure a smooth finish without any runs. Let dry completely.

TIP: Place a few thumb tacks in the bottom of each squash before painting. This will hold your squash up off the paper so it does not stick while drying.

Step 2:

Apply rhinestones to the squash once dry. You can create your own patterns or use rhinestone stick-ons from the craft store that come in elegant patterns. Remember, less is more.

Step 3:

Arrange the painted squash in the center of your table to create a beautiful centerpiece. For an extra touch, add a few pillar candles to the mix.

Marc Atiyolil is a celebrity designer, the Editor-in-Chief of Home Trends Magazine, a design expert on CTV, host of the TV series DIY Hotline and the host of the Marc Atiyolil Show. To submit a question, visit

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