I am so excited to share these unique ways to decorate 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…
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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.)
SPRAY PAINTED PUMPKINS
These are my Kate Spade-inspired pumpkins. They are so fun, aren’t they? Supplies for painted pumpkins:
- Gold Spray Paint
- Black Spray Paint
- Cream Spray Paint
- Painter’s Tape
- Garage Sale Stickers
I began with spray paint (gold, black & Cream), painter’s tape, and garage sale stickers.
I painted the stems 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!
Once the stems were dry, I taped off the stem so I could spray the pumpkin cream or black (I did one of each).
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.
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.
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.
MOD PODGE WRAPPING PAPER PUMPKINS
Supplies for Mod Podge Wrapping Paper Pumpkins
- Wrapping Paper
- Foam Brush
- Mod Podge
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
TISSUE PAPER MOD PODGE PUMPKINS
This was the easiest of the three pumpkins – maybe because the tissue paper is so light and great for Mod Podge?
Supplies for Mod Podge Tissue Paper Pumpkins
- Tissue Paper
- Foam Brush
- Mod Podge
My supplies for this pumpkin were wrapping paper, scissors, a sponge brush, and 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.)
Put the stem through the hole, and you just work the tissue paper around the pumpkin.
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!
I scattered them throughout my home.
Go create something!
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77 thoughts on “Unique Ways to Decorate Pumpkins”
Good work, from Italy
Sara, I LOVE these pumpkins. You continue to amaze with your awesome ideas!
How long does it take before it rots on the table? I think using plastic or cardboard ones would be wiser.
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!
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!
Me too – isn’t it great?! I found it at Marshalls – but I assume TJ Maxx and Homegoods would carry it, too. Good luck and thanks for the comment!
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!
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.
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!
Great ideas! Love the mod podge wrapping paper one!
Thanks, Eden! I love, LOVE your blog!
OMG I love these! Awesome 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
Thank you, Jaime!
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! 🙂
I’m so glad you can reuse that pretty tissue paper! (And the tissue paper one was the easiest by far!)
Loved this idea so much that I wrote a post about fancy pumpkins and featured your pumpkin at http://penandpaperdesigns.com/2016/09/26/five-ways-to-make-your-pumpkins-beautiful/ Please let me know if you have any reservations about me featuring your pumpkin-making skills (I did include one image in my post). Thank you for making such awesome pumpkins!
Oh, thank you Sarah! I appreciate it so much. I’ll go check it out…
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 🙂
Those attachments are the best thing ever! Have a great week, Sue!
I love what you’ve done with these pumpkins and the patterns that you combined.
Thanks so much, Robyn!
Help! My tape and stickers tore off the paint back to the bare pumpkin :(. Any advice?
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)?