DIY: Decoupage Pumpkins with Old Book Pages

DIY: Decoupage Pumpkins with Old Book Pages

DIY: Decoupage Pumpkins with Old Book Pages




Posted on October 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 17 at 11:02 AM

Hi all! Aja here, with a fun and (relatively) easy fall DIY craft for you. 

October seems to be the official month of the pumpkin. Am I right? Gourds are everywhere and people have come up with all kinds of ways to decorate them. Here is one more fun way to add to your list! Let's decoupage some fake pumpkins with old book pages, shall we?


First up, here's what you'll need:

1. Pumpkins! Mine are plastic, from Michael's and the Target Dollar Spot. Total score!

2. An old book

3. Mod Podge

4. Foam brush


For my first go-round, I tore the book pages into long strips. I figured this would give me more coverage and thus, not take me long to complete.


Don't tear your pages into long strips, thinking it will give you more coverage and thus, save you time. It will not.


Also, don't slap that paste on your pumpkin in a hurry as soon as you hear the first cry of your child waking up from their nap. You will not win. This is what you will end up with:

Pumpkin FAIL.

Confession Time: I am NOT the world's best decoupager. 

Shocking, I know. But apparently decoupage is not my crafting gift. I'm over it.



Thankfully, I was able to salvage this pumpkin by slowing down a bit and really working with each piece of paper. It took a while. But I smarted up for the next one. 

In the meantime, you will need somewhere to place your sticky pumpkin while it dries. (I am assuming you don't have time to just sit on the couch and hold it by the stem all afternoon).

This is where that random, huge old jug comes in super handy. Stick the stem in the bottle opening and text your husband that you're a genius and that he shouldn't question your decision to keep random, huge old jugs laying around the house ever again. 






On your next pumpkin, you will want to tear the paper into smaller pieces. Mine were 1-3 inches. This worked SO much better. I also took my time and didn't try to rush it, which made a world of decoupage difference. 

See? Happy pumpkin.



And now you you have yourself some festive pumpkins to decorate your home for fall! I love these because they are neutral and have lots of texture. Happy crafting!