Wednesday, September 12, 2012

DIY decoupage pumpkins

I know what you're thinking....decoupage?! Ew. Does it remind you of crafts from your childhood, like it does for me? I used to decoupage everything as a kid. I thought it was the best idea ever! I promise, though, this project looks all grown up, and very stylish, if I do say so myself!

Take a's so easy! In case you don't remember how decoupage works, here are the easy steps!

My friend Amanda gave me this ceramic pumpkin trio a couple years ago (thanks Amanda!).

To change them up a bit, I used:

To start, I used Rub 'n Buff on the pumpkin stems....because everything is prettier when it's gold! I wore a plastic glove for this step, so I didn't have to scrub the Rub 'n Buff off of my finger.

Then, I tore my sheet music into strips. Eventually, I realized that it would be better to have all different shape and size papers, so I then tore more. I happened to have a bunch of this sheet music leftover from a project in Audrey's nursery.

Now, if you're a decoupage veteran, you'll know what to do next. Coat your project surface with the decoupage glue, as well as the backside of your paper.

Apply your paper to the surface, glue side to glue side. Add a top coat of glue to your paper. Don't worry! It dries clear!

Repeat the steps until your whole surface is completely covered. You can add as many layers as you like until you reach your desired look, but allow for some drying time in between.

I was a little worried that the orange would show through the white paper, but in the end, it dried completely opaque!

Here's how they look now!

What do you guys think? Have you decoupaged anything recently?! I've been enjoying looking at my new pumpkins around the house, along with my other fall decor. I'm going to share that with you guys later this week! Have you decorated for fall yet? Let me know in the comments! 


  1. What a great idea so simple but effective. I had just shown my wife and we're going to give it a go this weekend!

  2. Love this! Doing it!
    I remember seeing your decoupage walls and projects when you were a teenager! Love that you've found ways to reinvent the method!


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