6 Fabulous Ways to Decoupage Pumpkins

Break out the Mod Podge, it's time to decorate.

On September 22, fall officially begins (not that I’m counting or anything). I’m already dreaming up the many ways I’m going to decorate for my favorite season. If you’re anything like me, cutting open the top of a pumpkin and pulling out the slimy, orange glob makes my stomach turn. I would rather leave the pumpkin guts intact and find a better way to show my love for the gourd.

After weighing all my options, I thought, why not try decoupage? Here are six easy peasy, do-it-yourself projects that I would love to recreate myself:

Pretty in Print

Decoupaged White Pumpkins With Pink & Blue Flowers

Decoupaged White Pumpkins With Pink & Blue Flowers

Use printed napkins and Mod Podge to create an elegant take on Halloween pumpkins.

Leftover party napkins? No problem! Get some more use out of them by cutting out the chosen design and adhering it to the painted pumpkin with Mod Podge. Add a dash of glitter to create a dazzling look.

Faux Can Be Fashionable

Decoupage pumpkins blend with the real for a unique holiday display.

Contemporary Fall Centerpiece Featuring Decoupaged Patterned Pumpkins

Get out your decoupage kit and create a stunning pumpkin display to commemorate fall. These embellished pumpkins will decorate any room or table of your home, with no design off limits.

Show your style with a fabric-clad arrangement and forego the traditional orange façade. With so many patterns to choose from, the options here are endless. Trends tend to fade, so opt for timeless colors and designs that can be used for years to come.

Botanical Beauty

Decoupage Botanical Pumpkin and Mini Pumpkins

Decoupage Botanical Pumpkin

If you are not a fan of carving, cover your pumpkins instead. Decoupage is a quick way to decorate your pumpkin with fun papers and leaves or plants from your yard. To do this project you will need a pumpkin, decoupage glue, craft brush, scissors, decorative paper or an old book and a fern leaf.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Find an old botany book at a local used bookstore to bring this project to life. You can pick plants or leaves from your yard to cover the book pages and complete its earthy, organic design. It’s probably best to display this one indoors so it doesn’t get ruined by unpredictable weather.

Mad for Monograms

Monogrammed Pumpkins

Attach Letters to Pumpkins

Apply some Mod Podge directly onto the pumpkin, where you want your letter to be. Carefully place your letter onto the pumpkin, and press carefully with your fingers. If you have a curvier letter (like an e) this will be especially important.

You can pretty much monogram anything, so why not your pumpkins? It doesn’t take much creative effort to cut out the letters and paste them on. Dress the stems up with some ribbon or twine and ta-da! A cutesy display for your front porch.

Stylish Skulls

Incorporate a vintage vibe into your Halloween decor with this old school idea. It's a cool and spooky piece to add to your mantel.  

Floral for Fall

Floral Decoupage

Floral Decoupage

Decoupage your pumpkin with dried flowers for a beautiful floral centerpiece that captures the transition between Summer and Fall. You can press you flowers as you dry them, or leave a few of them more three dimensional to add extra texture to your pumpkin. 

A simple, yet beautiful approach: decoupage with dried flowers. Choose your favorite hue and secure the flowers with Mod Podge. It’s as easy as that. Consider a mix of different flowers to make it all your own.

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Candle Holder Pumpkins

Calling all fall hostesses, this centerpiece is for you! Gather a few small pumpkins, we used the pumpkin-pie variety. Simply drill five holes in the top of each pumpkin and insert skinny candles. The drill bit diameter should match the candles. Adjust the candles by pushing them deeper into the pumpkin so they sit at different heights. Add some fall foliage underneath them, light the candles and you’ll have a beautifully rustic centerpiece that is perfect for the entire fall season.

Scrabble Tile Topiary Pumpkins

Since everyone is crazy for word tiles we decided to do a Halloween version. But be careful, you can only carve up to three sides of the tile outline or else you’ll end up with a big square cut in your pumpkin. We cut a small hole in the top and bottom of each faux pumpkin and glued them together with hot glue to create the topiary, then lit them with LED candles. 

Ghost Pumpkins

Aren’t these ghost pumpkins delightfully spooky? They are actually faux pumpkins turned upside down. Carve a large zigzag design all the way around the top of the pumpkin, remove the top, discard and turn the pumpkin upside down. Then carve a ghost face. Leave these cuties out on your porch with a candle inside or hang from a tree with an LED light taped on the inside. 

Silverware Pumpkins

Serving a special dinner for Halloween or Thanksgiving? This lovely little pumpkin will be the perfect addition to your dinner buffet! Carve a simple fork, knife and spoon into a pumpkin, create a darling menu and set them out for all to see. 

Chandelier Pumpkins

These look like painted chandeliers but they’re mini LED chandeliers that are meant for school lockers, the kind that have magnetic tops. We carved large holes in the front of two large faux pumpkins, spray painted the insides and added lace around the opening on one and pearls around the other. The best way to attach the chandeliers to the pumpkins is with magnets. We hot glued super-strong magnets to the top inside of the pumpkins so that the magnetic chandeliers would stick. This way you can easily remove them to replace batteries. There are many different types of “school locker chandeliers” available online and in stores at back to school time. 

Gold Marbled Pumpkins

Add a glamourous and expensive look to your fall decor by using this marbling technique. You will need liquid gilding, a small disposable container, a Popsicle stick or straw and wax paper. Fill the container with about 3” of water. Dip the Popsicle stick into the gilding and then drop drips of gilding onto the top of the water; some will sink but most will float. After you have about 20-percent of the surface covered swirl the water and gilding around with the stick. Then carefully (and quickly) dip your pumpkin into the water and right back out again, then place on wax paper to dry overnight. You can do the entire pumpkin or just half. The marbling look will always be different depending on the amount of gilding in the water, you can achieve a solid gold look by adding more gilding to the water. 

Wire Picture Display

Here’s a fun and quick way to display your favorite Halloween moments from years past. Using craft wire and needle nose pliers, carefully wrap and bend the wire into a concentric circle shape with a long straight stem. Cut the wires to different lengths and stab into the flesh of a pumpkin. Insert pictures of past Halloween parties into the wire wrap.

Trick or Treat Pumpkin Buckets

Using a faux pumpkin, carve a large opening on the top. Let your child paint or decorate the pumpkin; and don’t forget to add their name. Carve slits for the handles and attach them with strong glue. Your kids will be extra excited to trick or treat with these custom pumpkin buckets that they can use year after year. You can even customize them to match your child’s costume.

Dessert Stand

Looking to get creative in how you display Halloween treats? Create a unique dessert stand that you can use for years to come. Cut the top off a faux pumpkin as flat as you can. Then glue a plate right on top using a strong glue like E6000. Obviously not okay for the dishwasher, this one will have to be hand-washed carefully. Make a few different versions at different heights to display multiple desserts.

Candy Tree Pumpkins

Using pins and lots of pieces of candy, pin each candy wrapper to a pumpkin until it’s completely covered. Guests can then help themselves, making for an interactive centerpiece. If you're going to make this for a kids' party, use hot glue (on a low heat setting) and a faux pumpkin. Also, these make great hostess gifts.

Mason Jar Pumpkins

We decided to focus these pumpkins around that coveted glassware, Mason jars. One pumpkin has been carved to resemble a Ball Jar complete with glass design and the other has a simple jar-shaped carving. Both pumpkins have Mason jars inside them to hold the candles. These simple pumpkins would make the perfect addition to any rustic home Halloween or fall decor.

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