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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?

Looking for more fall craft ideas?