Decoupaged Pumpkin – a Quick How-To

Decoupaged Pumpkin – a Quick How-To

Hi there!  If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I saw an adorable pumpkin a few weeks ago, and I said that I would make one for my house by October 1st.  Well, guess what?  I did it!  I have decoupaged an adorable pumpkin to add to my fall decor  It was so super easy and took only about an hour.  So today I am going to show you mine and tell you how you can make your own.

Here's a how-to make your own deoupaged pumpkin with wrapping or tissue paper. It's easy and you can do it in an hour.

First, you need to get a cheap pumpkin – it can be super ugly because you are going to cover it.  I picked up one made out of cardboard.  It was around $10 and 40% off at Hobby Lobby.  Next you need to pick some tissue paper you love.  I looked and looked, and had no luck.  However, I did find this adorable plaid paper in the dollar bins at Michaels.  I love the black and white and the plaid feels like fall to me ~ even if it’s not a traditional look for pumpkins. 🙂  You all need a bottle of Mod Podge.

 

Here's a how-to make your own deoupaged pumpkin with wrapping or tissue paper. It's easy and you can do it in an hour.

Here's a how-to make your own deoupaged pumpkin with wrapping or tissue paper. It's easy and you can do it in an hour.

 

So, I sat down and cut a piece of the wrapping paper. It was about 15 -18 inches long.  Then I cut that piece into smaller pieces.  You know how the paper tends to roll back up?  Well, when it did that, I used the lines on the paper to cut smaller widths of paper (about 2-3 plaid lines wide).

Here's a how-to make your own deoupaged pumpkin with wrapping or tissue paper. It's easy and you can do it in an hour.

Next I cut each piece into a kind of triangle shape on the ends.  When you do this, it helps it to lay better at the top of the pumpkin without so much overlap.  Hopefully that makes sense.

I used that same process twice to get enough strips.  When I had all my pieces cut, I was ready to start gluing.  So, grab a handy-dandy paintbrush and use that to “paint” Mod Podge onto the area where your strip will lie.  One at a time I spread the glue and then laid the strip down.  I have to say, that I tried to go slowly and press out any creases or air bubbles.  However, there are still lots of them.  I wonder it that would have been easier to do if I used tissue paper rather than the wrapping paper.  Maybe.

Here's a how-to make your own deoupaged pumpkin with wrapping or tissue paper. It's easy and you can do it in an hour.

Once I had the entire pumpkin covered, I went back over the whole thing with two more coats of the Mod Podge.  This kind of seals the whole thing.  I did not worry about matching up the design too much.  I did not even give a thought to the bottom of it.  Why?  No one is going to pick it up and look at that part, right?  For the final touch, I grabbed some white craft paint and painted the stem white.

Here's a how-to make your own deoupaged pumpkin with wrapping or tissue paper. It's easy and you can do it in an hour.

 

Here's a how-to make your own deoupaged pumpkin with wrapping or tissue paper. It's easy and you can do it in an hour.

 

So, here it is all done.  What do you think?  I think I should have backed up a bit for these photos so that all the flaws don’t just jump right out at you!  Oh well.  #keepinitreal  So, I am sure you could do better than I did, but I still love my imperfect little pumpkin.  Wouldn’t this be so fun in lots of prints?  If you try this and use tissue paper, I would LOVE to hear how it turns out.

 

Okay, that does it for me today friends.   Hey!  Do me a favor…hop over here and join my email list.  Then I can let you know about each and every post when it goes live. 🙂

Until next time~

12 Comments

  1. This is really cute and super easy. Did you use thicker wrapping paper? Wondering if you tried wallpaper too? Love it!

    1. Author

      Thanks! No, I didn’t try wallpaper. My wrapping paper was pretty standard weight. I do think tissue paper would have been easier to work with, but I couldn’t find one I loved. SO glad you stopped by today.

  2. That is so cute! Very creative. Love the paper you chose!




  3. Love this pumpkin….so very cute. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Waste Not Wednesday link party.

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