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DIY Decoupage Pumpkins

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Create a DIY decoupage pumpkins using Dollar Store pumpkins and plaid wrapping paper. Such a fun and easy fall decor project.

Are you ready to start some fun fall crafting?

Nothing says fall to me more than plaid, well…mini pumpkins say fall but so does plaid. 😉

blue plaid pumpkins on 2 level tray with apples, dishes and other fall decor

Anyway, I had this cute plaid tissue paper and really wanted to create some inexpensive fall decor.

So with that in mind I picked up a few mini pumpkins at the Dollar Store and started crafting.

2 Dollar Store pumpkins and packages of wrapping paper

Supplies for decoupaged pumpkins 

  • craft store pumpkins (I used a couple from the dollar store and a few plastic ones that I found at a thrift store)
  • Mod Podge 
  • craft brush
  • scissors
  • plaid tissue paper
  • hot glue gun 
  • something for the stem (I used dried pumpkin stems that I had in my craft supplies)

How to create plaid pumpkins

The first thing I did was remove the stem from each pumpkin.

You can reuse the stems but I wanted to make my pumpkins look a little more “real”.

Because…plaid pumpkins are real pumpkins too. 😉

Dollar Tree pumpkin

Then I just cut the tissue paper into strips.

cutting strips of wrapping paper

After a little trial and error, I found that if I cut the strips a little wider at the bottom and tapered at the top, they looked better on the pumpkin.

Don’t get hung up on exact sizes though, this is supposed to be fun and easy.

I cut a lot of strips at once so that I could just go to town applying them without stopping to cut more.

cutting strips of blue plaid wrapping paper

I coated a small section of the pumpkin with Mod Podge, added a strip of tissue paper, and layered a coat of Mod Podge on the paper.

It was that quick and easy.

Remember, we’re doing easy with this fall project so I didn’t worry about lining up the pattern, I just stuck pieces on as I picked them up.

using Mod Podge to attach strips of wrapping paper on mini pumpkins

Once the whole pumpkin was covered, I let it dry.

putting real pumpkin stem on plaid pumpkins

After it was dry, I added the dried pumpkin stem. A bit of hot glue and it was looking like a pumpkin again.

Each pumpkin took about 20 minutes to make, plus drying time. The cool thing about this is that you can do whatever color or style you want.

Plus it’s super cheap, especially if you can pick up a couple of old, ugly pumpkins from the thrift store.

attaching pumpkin stem on orange plaid pumpkin

I thought the blue would be my favorite but I’m partial to the orange plaid.

orange plaid pumpkin in front of vase with hydrangeas

So fun!

I love how they turned out. I mean…they’re plaid. How can you go wrong…right?

blue plaid pumpkins on 2 level tray with apples and other fall decor

Are you working on any fall projects right now?

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    Kristi, I love plaid too. I might try doing the pumpkin make over. I do have one question though. From where did you get the dried stems? Keep on “DIYing”! Sending hugs.

    1. Thanks Joan! I thought I answered your comment before but I’m not seeing it. Sorry about that! I got the dried stems a few years ago off of Etsy (and some I’ve recycled from my pumpkins). Hope that helps!

  2. Mary Rogo says:

    Working on several fall projects: repurposing/custom painting 3 Dollar Tree pumpkin signs into a topiary for hearth display, Repurposing a tomato cage autumn leaf topiary into an expanded autumn topiary with ribbons, faux florals, pumpkins. Creating a plunger autumn tree with plunger, rope, burlap ribbon, faux leaves, lights to insert in a galvanized bucket and placed in an open weaved basket. Repurpose Dollar Tree glass candle holders into small and large candle holder pair sprayed copper, added Dollar Tree Pumpkin shaped and colored mercury glass jar topper filled with foam and faux autumn colors mums.

  3. Where is the grey tower from? Its adorable and so are the pumpkinds

  4. What a fun way to dress up those dollar store pumpkins. I have the same ones and I’m still trying to decide how I want to decorate them. Thanks for a great idea. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle! Pinning.

    1. Thanks so much, Beverly, I love how my pumpkins turned out. πŸ™‚

  5. I was looking for ideas for decorating a tiered tray when I came across your blog. Your tray looks beautiful! I found mine from a site called The Painted Fox and now I’ve got pumpkins and things in it. It’s so versatile for holidays.
    I love your plaid pumpkins also!
    Happy Fall!

    1. Thanks so much, Kathy! Love my tray too. You are so right, it’s very versatile. Hope you have a great weekend.

  6. What a super cute idea! I love the plaid pumpkins!

    1. Thanks Mary! It was such an easy project to do. πŸ™‚

  7. JaneEllen says:

    Your pumpkins are some of very best have seen done, even the fancy velvet ones. Love both plaids but orange one is my favorite too.
    Seems like can’t have enuf pumpkins and other Fall decorations, love colors of Fall and all the cozy decorations everybody comes up with. I see so many want to make but have just so much room to put them in our small house. Plus hubs gets fussy when I do too much, have to agree with him.
    Love making things, decorating with them but afterwards not crazy about packing it all up.
    But – just have to make at least 2 or 3 plaid pumpkins, where did you get your tissue paper? When we went to $tree last week they were out of pumpkins, seems people shopped for them earlier this year and I can’t remember what I did with previous years $tree pumpkins, doggone it. Can hardly wait to get paid on Wed. so can go shopping for some pumpkins, hope grocery store has some little white ones.
    Have wonderful week

    1. Awwww, thanks so much for your sweet comment, JaneEllen. I wasn’t sure how they would turn out but I’m loving them and they were so easy to do. Fall decorating can definitely get out of hand, I agree with you. We have a small house too, so I have to be careful with how much I make and what I bring home. I like to use a lot of natural elements for fall so it usually turns out ok.

      I bought my plaid tissue paper online from Acorn Spring Ranch http://acornspring.com/. Hope that helps and I hope that you’re able to make a couple for your home.

      Have a great week!

  8. love this! can’t decide which color I like best as they are both perfect! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  9. You can never have too much plaid or Modge Podge! Love the dried stems also, the ones that come with the pumpkins aren’t the best.

    1. I agree Sandra, there’s no such thing as too much plaid or Mod Podge. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping in to check out my pumpkins.

  10. Gorgeous! I love the plaid and the fact that it’s easy to do…a bonus!

    1. Thanks Kim! Easy crafting is the only way to go. πŸ˜‰

  11. Cool Grammaw says:

    I’m new here and this is my first post. Wow, I had forgotten how much I love plaid! When you said plaid pumpkins, I had my doubts, but they are soooo cute! And I can’t believe somebody saved dried pumpkin stems, although I might have done something like that – LOL! Hubby and I retired and have moved into a really teensy house and I have zero room for crafting so I got rid of EVERYthing crafty, but I have already picked up a few thrift baskets and a glue gun, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be trying a thing or two, at least – regardless of the fact that I’m totally untalented! Your page is so full of beautiful ideas, I just love it. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Hello, so glad you found us! I wasn’t sure how my pumpkins would turn out but I really loved the result. I’m glad that you liked them too.

      I totally understand about no room in a small house. We just moved into our small cottage and I don’t have a lot of room for craft supplies or crafting, so I need to be choosy with what I hang onto. It’s great to hear that you want to start crafting again.

      Thanks for stopping in and saying hello. I hope you come back to visit.

  12. Ahhh! I love plaid! Any color plaid, ha! Used to have a fabulous purple plaid long sleeve button-up shirt (and even like the soft cotton-y material that all plaid should be made of!) and it was fantastic! As are your pumpkins! We don’t really decorate for Fall or Thanksgiving or whatever, but I may just have to with some of these! πŸ˜€

    1. There’s just something about plaid, right? I totally agree with you on plaid shirts…they should be flannel and all kinds of soft and cozy.

      Hope you have a great week!!!

    1. Thanks!!! It was a really simple project and I’m thrilled with the way they turned out.

  13. How cute. I might be able to actually do this one. Where did you get the printed tissue paper?
    My favorite is the orange as well. Just reminds me of my uncles hunting jacket from when I was a child.
    Have a great week, Debbie

    1. You are very crafty Debbie, these would be no problem for you. I got the tissue paper online, by googling “plaid tissue paper”.

      Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have an awesome week.

  14. Cute idea! I love plaids and the mix of oranges and blues is perfection.

    1. Thanks so much, Sarah! I always seem to gravitate toward plaid this time of year. πŸ™‚

  15. Too Cute!!! I am thinking about John Deere plaid. I think that would be fun.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Colette. John Deere plaid would be awesome!!! Let me know if you are able to do that, I’d love to see them.

  16. Now, this project is right up my alley! Love it and I’m with you . . . plaid = Fall!

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