My Mod Podge obsession continues, only now I’ve moved on to pumpkins. I have found so many amazing decorative pumpkin tutorials on Pinterest and am bound and determined to give them a try. In an effort to save  money I went to the dollar store and picked up several of their decorative pumpkins, they weren’t the prettiest pumpkins in the patch but they had potential, and with the help of a little Mod Podge and some pretty scrapbook paper I was able to give these pumpkins a brand new look.

This is a cheap and easy diy fall decor project but I must warn all of the perfectionists out there, it is virtually impossible to apply scrapbook paper onto a pumpkin seamlessly, so don’t waste a ton of time like I did trying to make it perfect because in the end you can barely see the seams anyway.

Alirghty, now lets get started.

"Pumpkin Before and After"

Here is what you will need

  • Mod Podge
  • Decorative Pumpkins
  • Paint Brush or Foam Brush
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Stick & twine string (this is only if you want to make the Pumpkin stem taller) /li>
  • Paint (Only if you don’t want to wrap twine around the stem)
  • Scissors

Step 1: Paint Stem (Optional) – This is only necessary if you want to keep the stem of the pumpkin as-is (in the picture above I increased the height of the stem to give it some added character); however if you don’t want to change the look of the stem then I recommend painting it a color that matches the scrapbook paper that you are going to use

Step 2: Cut scrapbook paper into wide strips
"Cut Strips of Paper"

Step 3: Apply Mod Podge to the area of the pumpkin you are going to apply the strip of paper to

"Apply Mod Podge to the Pumpkin"

step 4: Apply Mod Podge to the Piece of scrapbook paper

"Apply Mod Podge to Scrapbook Paper"

Step 5: Apply the piece of scrapbook paper to the pumpkin
"Apply Scrapbook Paper onto Pumpkin"

Continue applying scrapbook paper around the entire pumpkin. As a side note, After completing three pumpkins I finally realized that it’s easier to Mod Podge all of the outer (wider) areas of the pumpkin first and then go back and apply thin pieces of scrapbook paper in the grooves, it is much easier in the end and gives a cleaner look.

To get the scrapbook paper to stick to the pumpkin securely I took the other side of the paint brush and rolled in along the piece of scrapbook paper until it was flat against the pumpkin

"Roll Paint Brush to remove bubbles"

This is what it will look like when you are done Mod Podging (Decoupaging). If you want to increase the height of the stem move on to step 6; otherwise, you are all done!!

"Mod Podged Pumpkin"

Step 6: Take a small pencil like object and stick it into the center of the pumpkin stem (you can use a stick, wooden pencil, Popsicle stick) basically anything that you have laying around the house that you can stick into the stem of the pumpkin to give it height. I broke a wooden pencil in half and used it.

"Stick Object into the Pumpkin stem"

Take the twine and tie a knot where the bottom of the object meets the stem

"Tie Twine to the Object"

Begin wrapping the twine up the pencil (object)
"Wrap Twine around Pencil"

When you get to the top apply Mod Podge so that it sticks to the pencil (object) securely

"Apply Mod Podge to Twine"

Once it’s secure begin wrapping the twine down the pencil(object) to make it thicker. Once you get to the bottom of the pencil start wrapping the twine around the original pumpkin stem

"Wrap Twine back down the pencil"

When you get to the bottom of the pumpkin stem apply Mod Podge so that the twine will stick securely.

"Apply Mod Podge to bottom of stem"

Let the Mod Podge dry and you are done!!! See how much better these dollar store pumpkins look!!

"Mod Podge Pumpkins"

 

 

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