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buffalo check pumpkin

Add a touch of plaid to your fall décor with this buffalo check pumpkin! It’ll look great on your dining table, front porch, or as part of a floral arrangement. Just pick out the craft pumpkin you like best and we’ll show you how to make your own in our instructions below!
Step 1

Project Note: We’ve got detailed instructions below, but you also can use our project photo as a guide while you work.

First, paint your entire pumpkin white and let the paint dry. Add another coat or two until the pumpkin’s completely covered. Be sure to let your paint dry between coats.

TIP: If you like, you can leave the pumpkin unpainted, so your white sections will be cream-colored instead. Just keep in mind that you won’t be able to touch up these sections afterward and they’ll be glossier than the painted sections, creating a bit of textural contrast.

Step 2
Next, measure around the base of the pumpkin’s stem and make a pencil mark every ¾". When you’re done, you should have a total of 10 evenly-spaced pencil marks. Lightly draw a vertical line from each pencil mark down to the pumpkin’s bottom. Make sure your vertical lines are evenly spaced around the pumpkin.
Step 3
Now, lightly draw five horizontal lines, evenly spaced out, across the pumpkin’s height. Each line should go all the way around the pumpkin.
Step 4

Take a minute to map out where each color will go on your pumpkin, then lightly mark each square with that color.

TIP: The very top row around the pumpkin’s stem alternates gray and white squares. The row underneath alternates gray and black squares, then back to white and gray in the row under that and so on!

Step 5

Once you’ve got your color pattern figured out, paint each square with its designated color. Let the paint dry, then add a second coat to each square. 

TIP: Once your pumpkin is finished, take a quick look and touch up any areas as needed.

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