Yes, yes. I’m obsessed with pumpkins.
Aren’t we all this time of year? It can’t just be me.
For this pumpkin, I didn’t pull from my usual bag o’ tricks (paint, glitter and ribbon), instead I tried something I’d never, ever tried before.
You see, it sort of scared me off a bit. Decoupage is such a fancy word, and I am just a simple girl from Texas y’all.
I read some tutorials to get the basic gist of it, and I am proud of my damask pumpkin. The whole project took maybe an hour? Probably less, but the Oprah episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians was on while I was working on it, and I got distracted by the Oprah.
If you’re afraid of Mod Podge, too, or don’t know where to start, you need one of these kits. I feel they are perfect for someone like me who had never used the stuff before and didn’t know which types I’d need.
-Gloss/Matte Mod Podge (doesn’t really matter which one)
-Paper (I used 1 damask gift bag I had on hand)
-1 Foam Pumpkin (Mine is from Dollar Tree)
-Flat, White Spray Paint.
To get started, cut your paper into 1-inch strips and make sure the strips are long enough to cover your pumpkin. Originally I started off with 2-inch strips and it was a pain in the arse! Smaller is better. Also, make sure you prime your pumpkin with some flat paint. The Mod Podge sticks better to it.
Apply a generous amount of gloss/matte Mod Podge to your pumpkin AND to the back of the paper. Smooth it onto the pumpkin. Now, with oddly shaped things like pumpkins + thicker paper, it’s nearly impossible to not have creases here and there. I tried to smoosh (that is TOTALLY a technical term) the creases down to the bottom, but it’s not always possible.
Now, below you can see a gap. I found it was best to go straight down (not necessarily right next to one another) and then cut smaller pieces of paper in to fill in those gaps.
Go all the way around until you see no more primer/orange… then seal with sparkle Mod Podge. The sparkle is subtle. You can see little flecks of glitter below.
And even more here. You can also see that I didn’t obsess over lining up the pattern or get out all the creases. That’s the blessing of damask- it’s so busy that it all just kinda works together anyway.
I painted the stem a pretty silver color, and I was done!
This damask pumpkin will fit in with all my mercury glass pumpkins, as well as the new black rhinestone one I bought at Kirkland’s.
I really do love the way it turned out, although it’s so far from perfect. I think I am a Mod Podge addict now. Besides it being damask, my favorite thing is that this pumpkin would look good as fall décor or Halloween décor.
What else can I make with Mod Podge? Now that I have a small stash, I am eager to make more things. MOD PODGE ALL THE THINGS!
Any other Mod Podge tips for me? This website has oodles of Mod Podge ideas and Amy is super fab.
Disclaimer: I begged for some Mod Podge to try out, and Plaid sent me some! I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All other supplies and ideas are all mine. 🙂