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By Mary Genser

October 14, 2009 (La Mesa) –Hand-painting pumpkin stones make delightful additions to your home during Halloween and throughout the fall holiday season. You can use them as decorations, paperweights, gifts or party favors.


To make your own festive pumpkins, you will need:


River stones (any size)
White acrylic paint
Acrylic paints: orange (pumpkin), red, green, and yellow
Glitter paint (optional)
Polyurethane clear satin Miniwax varnish, fast-drying


Instructions: Varnish the back side of each stone. After varnish dries, paint the opposite side of the stone white, applying a couple of coats for best results. Next, paint over the white side with two coats of pumpkin-colored paint.

Draw wedges of the pumpkin using thin, red lines. Paint the stem with green and yellow paint. If desired, you can add gold glitter paint to accentuate details. When dry, varnish to complete your decorative holiday pumpkins.


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Crafting with Mary

This is just wonderful and I have had a fun time looking at all the crafts this talented lady, Mary, has made. I will be making these crafts with my grandchildren.