Make It Pretty Wednesdays: Pretty Mod Podge Pumpkins

I love seasonal decorating, but sometimes I’d like fun, festive decor that went more with my color scheme! Last week, I was at one of my best friend’s houses and I spied the most beautiful autumn decoration: a pumpkin she had covered in black and white damask scrapbooking paper! Brilliant, right? So I had the hubby do a “craft pumpkin run” at Michaels on the way home from the office and I got out my Mod Podge and some paper that went with the colors in my house!

Foam Pumpkin, strips of paper and Mod Podge

I attached the strips of paper from the top where the stem attaches down to the middle of the bottom of the pumpkin. The angles were hard to work with, but if you find you have orange peeking out, just add another strip of paper. Coat the pumpkin with Mod Podge and also the strip of paper after you’ve attached it. Then smooth with your hands.

mod podging It’s wonderfully haphazard. I’m such a messy Mod Podger! There is just something about it that I love: getting your fingers gooey and messy and doing something artsy! I think it goes back to childhood and fingerpaints.

attaching strips of paper with mod podge

Let dry, and there you have it!

I need to top them off with leaves of some sort. Felt just doesn’t seem right… maybe a shiny paper of some sort? Do you have any suggestions?

mod podged pumpkins

And look how pretty they are with my dining room curtain!

Things I learned: Don’t touch the wet paper too much! Sadly, it comes apart if you put your sticky fingers on it repeatedly. Also, next time I will use pumpkins that don’t have the deep grooves so the paper is easier to adhere.

Thank you, Tycie! You are creative and I’m glad you let me steal your ideas! So… whatcha have for winter decorating? ;)

About Natalie

A committed, but not yet institutionalized SAHM of three. I enjoy crafting experiments, cooking and baking adventures, and fancy myself as handy with a power drill as I am a glue gun. I may not get the project right the first time, but I always have fun doing it!


  1. These are awesome! I’m going to have to do this to create an awesome centerpiece for Thanksgiving. Love that this can be customizable for any color palate/theme. I might have to do this with more fruit/veggies, too.

    • Oh… that would be great! If you got some dried out gourds… or maybe even your own spin on a colorful cornucopia! Great idea, Danielle!

  2. These look beautiful! And also very fun! :) I love the colors you used. I will have to keep these in mind for next year!

    • The blue/green looked a lot nicer in my dining room. It’s nice to mix traditional with something unexpected, I think!

  3. They look awesome!

  4. Love them! Super easy and fun to do!! ;)

  5. These are so cute!! How fun!

  6. Very Cool and unique!

  7. They’re beautiful! I’ll have to stow this idea away for next year. I’m kinda late to comment, but I think that they might look pretty with some shiny foil leaves. Maybe a pretty wrapping paper for something thin or embellished scrapbook paper for something a bit sturdier? Oh, and I love the colors too!

  8. I’ve never worked with Mod Podge but I always see so many cool projects using the product. Perhaps I’ll have to give it a try this Halloween!

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