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Thursday, November 10, 2011

{Fall DIY} Decoupaged Pumpkins

So, I have a thing for pumpkins. I don't just go out and buy a few when Fall arrives. I continue to pick up new ones throughout the season, until all that's left is the sad one or two at the bottom of the display box. You know that huge box at the grocery store? How do you even pick up the last pumpkin without either flashing your backend, or falling in the box head first? I'm kind of a shrimp, so maybe it's just a problem for me. rambling point is, I always have an overage of pumpkins. Last year, I kind of fell off the crazy-crafter-wagon and painted them. You're thinking that doesn't sound too crazy, right? That's because I failed to mention I painted them for Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and again for Valentine's Day. Yep, I actually had pink pumpkins. I'd like to say it was all about the challenge to see how long I could keep the same pumpkins, but truthfully, I thought they were pretty cute!

The Crazy Pumpkin Lady is back, but this year I decoupaged them! (Well, I also tricked them out for Halloween!)

decoupaged pumpkins

Fall hasn't started to dazzle us here yet, so we had to scrounge a bit to find some vibrant leaves. I thought leaves, a pumpkin and some ModPodge would be all that's needed.

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I was wrong. The ModPodge wasn't strong enough to make the leaves adhere to the pumpkin. So I got serious and whipped out my hot-glue gun.

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I just started layering leaves willy-nilly, then gave them a finishing coat of ModPodge. I don't know why. I guess to seal them, so they wouldn't dry up and fall apart everywhere? Yes! That's exactly why I did it.

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The pumpkin is not so cute during the process. But hang with it, because once it dries it looks pretty cool!

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Really bright and colorful, and all natural. You're still not sold? Wait until you see them on my front porch, then I'll have you!

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While these pumpkins were drying (and I assumed they would end up a project: fail), I decided to try a slightly different approach. I cut leaves (using actual leaves as templates) out of a pretty sheet of linen craft paper that has gold, swirly accents.

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The paper adhered to the pumpkin with just ModPodge (no hot-glue needed), and I sealed them with an additional two coats.

Picnik collage

It's subtle and sparkly and pretty. Perfect, I think, for our Thanksgiving Centerpiece?!?

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Do you think I've fallen off the craft-wagon...have I crossed the line and now one step away from crafting with empty toilet paper rolls? Oh pumpkins, why can't I quit you???


  1. Using leaves to decoupage the pumpkins is inspired!

  2. Very cool. I prefer the white pumpkin to the orange ones. Very classy. ;)

  3. Love the white ones; I think you have a winner!

  4. Is that when you ran out of mod podge? You and pumpkins are super cute . . .you go together like peas and carrots. I love the white ones, too!

  5. Super huge fan of the multi colored ones!! Mostly just because I'm a "the more color the better" kind of gal, but I think this is an awesome project and turned out so cute! I can't wait to see them on the porch...I just realized my comments made me sound prejudiced against your white pumpkins...I like those, too...I'm not a pumpkin racist (c:

  6. Ooooh so fun!!! Love the white & gold one, a very elegant pumpkin :) xo

  7. Crazy pumpkin lady...wouldn't love ya any other way! Love them!!

  8. Both are beautiful - love the colorful ones for a warm welcome and the white one is a pretty addition to a Fall vignette. Great job! :)

  9. Ok, so I had the SAME problem before Halloween when I decided Mod Podge would work with silk leaves and pumpkins. Yeah, not so much. Glad I'm not the only one! I ended up spray painting my pumpkin (now who's the crazy pumpkin decorator?!), hot glues leaves all over it, and then put a glass marble in the middle of some of the clusters. Here's the link if you want to check it out:


Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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