Easy Rub ‘n Buff Metallic Pumpkins

Hey hey hey! I’m getting really excited about Fall!!  I can’t believe I’ve even waited this long to post a Fall project this year, but the time has finally come.  And I have the easiest crafty project to share today and they came out so pretty!  I will teach you a very simple way on how to paint pumpkins, and now check out these metallic pumpkin beauties!

Metallic Pumpkins

And no, I did not spray paint them–I just used Rub ‘n Buff! :) You can find it at your local craft store and these are the colors I have and used.

Rub n Buff

And just like the name implies, you just rub it on. SO EASY. And a little goes a LONG way. A long way.

I bought a few pumpkins from Hobby Lobby, and the rest I got from the dollar store. Oh yea, I haven’t mentioned this was a very inexpensive project have I? Well, it was.

Fake Pumpkins

You can also do this on real pumpkins if you wish, but it’s still too hot here in Texas so no one has any real ones yet. Probably closer to October they will start coming in.

Then just take the rub ‘n buff magic and start rubbin!

painted pumpkins

It works best if you work it kind of fast and don’t rub in one area too much because you will just rub off the finish. This is a super quick project too as it just glides on quickly. And yes your fingers will get messy but it washes off so don’t worry!

I showed you a picture of the blue rub ‘n buff up at the top, but I tried it on a pumpkin and I didn’t like the color.  It was too blue/turquoise for the look I was going for, but it is a nice color if you want blue pumpkins! I tried mixing it with the silver color and that did NOT come out pretty. :)

So anyway, just display them how you wish and here’s a few more shots!

painted pumpkins

rub n buff pumpkins

Metallic Pumpkins

They will make pretty vignettes on their own scattered about, and they would be great for a Fall Tablescape, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

What do you think?  I LOVE FALL!

Sharing this post at Tidymom’s I’m Lovin’ it party and Home Stories A to Z.

And ps-my Joss & Main sale is live right now! Only until Tuesday night so check it out. You can sign up here with my special invite link, and here is the link to my curator collection. So exciting! :)




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  1. Oh my gosh I LOVE those! I just read about this stuff on another blog a few days ago and now it is here…..on PUMPKINS no less! It’s too hot here in Florida for real pumpkins too, but I think I have a few of those fake ones stashed away in my fall decoration bin. How much does a tube of the Rub N Buff run?

    • Thanks Ruth! for me a tube was cheaper at Michael’s because I could use a 50% off coupon. Otherwise you can just use a 40% at HL. But they average about $3.50-$4.50 without coupon. :)

  2. I’ve been seeing this stuff but have yet to try it. Seems easy enough. Yours look great.

  3. i’ve recently discovered the joys of rub n buff! this looks like a great project to do, love the way you clustered them in that bowl with the leaves.

  4. Wow, they look fantastic, I need to go out and get some. Thanks for sharing

  5. I just love these too…they look so antique-looking and looks like an easy project; I just started to put out a few things for Fall…I love this season too and love the warm tones. Thanks for providing such inspiration! Saw your Joss & Main sale…that mirror is next on my list to purchase!

  6. What a fun project!!!!! So pretty!!

  7. What a cool and inexpensive idea – I just love it!!!! Thanks for being so creative so the rest of us can reap the rewards!!!

  8. Beautiful and this is something I’d be able to do, thank you for another fantastic decor idea. Hugs, Lori m

  9. These look so great!!! Ya know how there are tons lil fake pumpkin in the dollar store bin that a full of imperfections or just look a bit too much on the “cartoony” side? This would be PERFECT for those! Now, when you’re staring at that bin full of “ugly” pumpkins and you think “there must be another blogger living near by” you can grab them up and make em pretty!! :)

  10. So fun! My kids always love when the “tiny pumpkins” appear at the market. They’ll love to try this.

  11. how clever you are. Just cannot wait to do this!

  12. LOVE this! I am definitely going to try this project out. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  13. Thanks so much for using AMACO’s Rub ‘n Buff – this is such a great, simple project for Fall. I’ve posted on our Facebook page (Rub ‘n Buff Metallic Finishes) and linked to your site. I definitely want to try this at home!!

  14. Hi Emily,
    I’ve never heard of Rub ‘n Buff. Thanks for teaching me about it. It looks like a fairly easy process… that brings great results!

  15. That is such a cool idea- love it! So exciting about your Joss & Main sale! I hope it does fantastic for your. Your family photo birth announcement is seriously adorable.

  16. Emily, this is so pretty and looks easy to do. Love using little tubes of fun instead of breaking out the paint brushes and paint cans. You are so making me want to go to Hobby Lobby. lol. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-14.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  17. I just made some the other day, too! Yours look better though, I think. I am all about pumpkins this year. And I love how you rounded up all of your projects together. Smart girl. Thanks for doing that!

  18. Oh my gosh, love them! Thanks for sharing this fun tip…I don’t think I’ve ever even heard of rub and buff.

    I’ve been thinking about you and your sweet little baby. Hope everything is wonderful. xoxo

  19. Oh, I want to do this!!

  20. carol jane says:

    That is so cool. I have never used rub n buff before. I must give it a try. I have an ugly bright gold door handle on my front door. Can rub n buff be used on that? How does it dry? Like paint? Thanks for any tips you can give me.

  21. Love these, cannot wait to do this with my grandkids! What colors did you use? I think you used silver, wondering what others colors you used.

    Thank you

  22. Fantastic! I love all the metallic pumpkins that I’ve seen in blogland but they’ve all involved spray paint, which I have a love/hate relationship with. This is a great idea! I may try my hand at painting pumpkins with the metallic craft paint that I already have before I buy the Rub n Buff.


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