Seasonal Decor

Unique Ways to Decorate Pumpkins

I am so excited to share these unique ways to decorate pumpkins.

Fun DIY Pumpkins

While you guys are all excited about sweater weather, leaves falling and pumpkin-spiced everything, I’m freaking out.  I hate winter so much, that I have trouble enjoying fall.  However, as I blogger it is a given that I share a few fall decor ideas. I must really like you because I’m sharing THREE different DIY pumpkin decor ideas…

Pumpkin Decor

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For all three versions, I started with artificial pumpkins.  You can find these at almost every craft store.  (I learned my lesson last year.  I painted and decorated real pumpkins, and they rotted a few weeks later.)  


  Unique Pumpkin Idea

These are my Kate Spade-inspired pumpkins.  They are so fun, aren’t they? Supplies for painted pumpkins:

I began with spray paint (gold, black & Cream), painter’s tape, and garage sale stickers.

Polka Dot Supplies

I painted the stems gold.

Adding Gold

I’m not sure how I recently only discovered this, but you MUST buy an attachment for your spray paint cans.  It makes spray painting even easier than it already is, and the attachment keeps your fingers from being covered in paint!

Spray Paint Tips

Once the stems were dry, I taped off the stem so I could spray the pumpkin cream or black (I did one of each).

Pumpkin Painting Tips

After about two coats of paint, I let it dry.  Once dry, I added the tape for the stripes and stickers for the polka dots.

Spray Painted Pumpkins

Adding Stripes with tape

Adding stickers

I spray-painted each with the opposite color (cream was painted black and the black was painted cream.)  I allowed both pumpkins to dry, and I removed the tape and stickers.

Fun Pumpkins Polka Dot Pumpkin

There was some seepage with the spray paint and tape (the ridges make perfect crisp lines next to impossible).  So I fixed these lines with a sharpie.

Unique Pumpkin Idea



  Floral Pumpkin DIY

How to mod podge a pumpkin

Supplies for Mod Podge Wrapping Paper Pumpkins

My supplies for this pumpkin were wrapping paper, scissors, a sponge brush, and Mod Podge. This was inspired by Susan’s amazing découpage pumpkins over at Between Naps on the Porch.  You can see her full tutorial HERE. This is what I refer to as my happy pumpkin

. Floral Pumpkin DIY



  DIY Tissue Paper Pumpkin

This was the easiest of the three pumpkins – maybe because the tissue paper is so light and great for Mod Podge?

Mod Podgin Tissue

Supplies for Mod Podge Tissue Paper Pumpkins

My supplies for this pumpkin were wrapping paper, scissors, a sponge brush, and Mod Podge.

Mod Podge

I covered the pumpkin with Mod Podge and cut a hole in the center of the tissue paper for the stem.  (This works great with the smaller pumpkins that one piece of tissue paper can cover.)

Tissue Paper on Pumpkins

Put the stem through the hole, and you just work the tissue paper around the pumpkin.

Unique Pumpkin Ideas

You’ll probably have a lot of extra at the bottom.  I just cut what I didn’t need, and I had a beautiful pumpkin!

DIY Tissue Paper Pumpkin

I scattered them throughout my home.

Tissue Paper Pumpkin

 Floral pumpkin

Go create something!

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77 thoughts on “Unique Ways to Decorate Pumpkins

  1. How long does it take before it rots on the table? I think using plastic or cardboard ones would be wiser.

    1. Hi Karen! Yes, I definitely used plastic pumpkins. I talk about it briefly at the beginning of the post. Definitely a wise choice to use artificial pumpkins, and they can be used year after year!

  2. I’m in love with that wrapping paper! Where did you get it??? These look and simple and fun. So excited to make my own!

  3. I love your blog so much! I came across this post on Pinterst and I just wanted to let you know I featured it as one of my Pins of the week. I aspire to one day host a blog as flawless and beautiful as yours, thank you for the inspiration!


  4. I love this post and your blog so much! I aspire to one day host a blog as flawless and beautiful as yours. Thank you for the inspiration! I came across this post on Pinterest and I also wanted to let you know I featured it as one of my Pins of the Week.


    1. Hey Shannon! Thanks so much for the kind words and the feature! I’m so impressed with your dedication to your blog – posting every day?! Wow! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it!

  5. Fantastic ideas! I love polka dots, so friends present my gifts with ooooodles of polka dotted tissue paper. NOW, I finally have a way to use the slightly wrinkled pieces I have been hanging on to – hooray! 🙂

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  7. LOVE these. Totally pinned. Oh! And you’ve reminded me that I bought one of those attachments! Now where did I put it?!?! lol thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Oh no! I’m so sorry, Anne! I assume you waited until the paint was completely dry to add the stickers? Also, I used an oil-based spray paint (most are, but there are some more different types spray paints starting to come out)?