One of my favorite things about fall is pumpkins – pumpkin decorations, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread. And the best part of decorating with pumpkins is they can be used from Halloween to Thanksgiving.
So, when I saw cute little pumpkins at the dollar store for $1, I had to buy a few. But, just how could I upcycle dollar store pumpkin into something special.
After browsing around the store, I found Mod Podge and decided to transform the ordinary pumpkin into a decoupaged pumpkin. What could I use to decoupage the pumpkin? At Dollar Tree, I spied the paperback books. Viola! Decoupage with book pages. Only a few other dollar store items were needed to complete the project: a foam brush and glitter.
Do you want more DIY pumpkin crafts? Try some of our other Halloween projects such as Cute as a Button Pumpkin, Toilet Roll Pumpkin, Lollipop Holder Pumpkin or Jack-o-Lantern Slime Pumpkin.
Let’s get started on this DIY decoupaged pumpkin that can be re-used year after year.
Learn how to make a decoupage book page pumpkin by watching our video. Or keep reading this post for a photo tutorial with step-by-step instructions.
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HOW TO MAKE A DECOUPAGE PUMPKIN WITH BOOK PAGES
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Dollar Tree Faux Pumpkin
- Mod Podge
- Craft Foam Brush
- Paperback Book (Or a paperback book you already have)
- Embellishments (Optional)
STEP 1: GATHER SUPPLIES
You can purchase all the supplies you need for this project at the dollar store. I purchased mine at Dollar Tree so this decoupaged pumpkin only cost $5 to make.
STEP 2: TEAR PAGES INTO PIECES
I recommend before starting this project or when doing any messy craft that the first thing you do is cover your table or work surface with paper or something to protect it.
There is nothing special you have to do with the paper in order to make the DIY paper decoupaged pumpkin. Simply tear some book pages out of a paperback book and start tearing the pages into small pieces.
STEP 3: Applying Mod Podge & Paper
To begin decoupaging, pour some mod podge onto a plastic plate. A supply of plastic and paper plates are a handy item to keep in your craft room.
With a foam brush, spread an even coat of Mod Podge onto a small section of the pumpkin. I recommend you start at the top of the pumpkin and work your way down. Lay a small piece of paper onto the gluey area. Press the paper down with your fingers and use the brush to apply more Mod Podge to the top of the paper to smooth it down.
STEP 4: REPEAT
Repeat step 3 overlapping the paper to fill in all of the gaps until the pumpkin is entirely decoupaged with paper except for the stem. Since decoupaging can be messy, you may want to decoupage half of the pumpkin and then allow it to dry before continuing the decoupage the other half.
STEP 5: sealing
After the decoupaged pumpkin is completely dry, brush on a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire pumpkin to secure all the pieces completely. Let your decoupage pumpkin dry completely before adding embellishments.
STEP 6: embellishments
After the sealing coat is dry, coat the stem with Mod Podge or glue and sprinkle the stem with glitter. The book page decoupage pumpkin is complete unless you want to add some other embellishments.
Some items you can use to adorn the pumpkin are ribbon, bow, raffia, faux leaves and flowers, fabric tie. Be creative.
Enjoy your pumpkin!
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