When you’re on a budget, creating fall décor on-the-cheap is always a good idea! Today, I’m going to show you how to DIY Mod Podge pumpkins coastal style that not only look beautiful, but are thrifty, too!
Today I’m sharing my very first post for fall décor!!! My head has been spinning with all the projects I want to do… just not enough time to get them all done for this year! But, I should have quite a few to share with y’all this fall season!
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Decorating your home on a budget is pretty much always an adventure. Creating that décor with your personal style makes the adventure that much more fun! I was recently perusing Pinterest (remember to hop on over and follow My Wee Abode for lots of ideas!), and I came across a post from Crafts by Courtney for Mod Podge pumpkins and fell in love! I ended up doing my pumpkins almost EXACTLY the same, without even realizing it! So, I decided to put a couple of my own coastal twists on them!
One of my fave coastal projects (that you can create with your own style), is my Wooden Bead Garland!
DIY MOD PODGE PUMPKINS COASTAL STYLE
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What You Will Need
- Variety of smooth surfaced pumpkins (I’m linking these for your convenience, but I got mine from the dollar bins at Target, and for the smaller ones, I actually used floral picks from Hobby Lobby)
- Scrapbook paper (this is what I used) or printed paper napkins (there are some gorgeous paper napkins available at specialty stationary stores)
- Mod Podge Matte Finish
- Sponge brush
- Faux Leaves (I used Lamb’s Ear… my foliage of choice this fall!) (Also, you can get this for less using a coupon at Hobby Lobby 😉 )
- Floral wire
- Floral tape
- Decorative Sand
- Wire cutters
- Hot Glue Gun
You can create your own style of pumpkins by simply changing-up the print of the paper or napkins!
Prepping Your Pumpkins
- If you use floral picks, take your wire cutters and clip them off as close to the pumpkin as possible.
- Pull the pumpkin stem out to expose the top of the pumpkin (I didn’t pull mine all the way out, as you can see… it was just easier that way for me.)
- Make sure your pumpkin is clean and free of any debris that might get stuck under the paper.
- Cut your paper into strips and/or squares. This will make it easier to manipulate the paper and get it to smooth down with less wrinkles.
Covering Your Pumpkins
- Using the sponge brush, take your Mod Podge and cover the bottom of your pumpkin.
- Apply one square of paper, and smooth down (using your finger) onto the pumpkin. Some crafters like to put down several pieces, but I prefer to do one at a time. The paper will not completely smooth until the next step.
- Using your brush, apply more Mod Podge to the top of the paper and smooth down again with your fingers. You have to work a bit quickly here, as the paper can ‘lift off’ when it starts drying… and this dries pretty fast. I bet you can figure out how I know this! It helps if you have “fresh” Mod Podge on your fingers.
- Repeat steps 1-3, covering the bottom first, then start from the top and work back down to the bottom. (I let sections dry for 1/2 hour to an hour before doing the next section).
- As the pumpkins get close to being dry, wet your finger with some Mod Podge and gently go over any lifted areas or wrinkles that may need additional smoothing.
Adding Your Own Style
As I said before, I wanted to add some details to the pumpkins to make them my own.
Adding some fishnet to a pumpkin makes it look like a day of fishing resulted in a huge catch of starfish! Just add some more Mod Podge, lay the net over in sections, and Mod Podge over the net!
A couple of sweet fuzzy Lamb’s Ear leaves gives even more whimsy to these sweet little gourds! Just trim a couple from a branch (leftover from my Lamb’s Ear Topiary Tree), and attached with hot glue.
And how do you like those sand stems?! I thought it was a nice coastal detail. Swipe some Mod Podge on the stem, and sprinkle some sand on it! This could even be done with colored sparkle dust.
The large one already had a sparkly white stem. Adding the Lamb’s Ear leaves to this one, plus a sweet little ‘vine’, makes this one the ‘star’! Simply take a piece of floral wire and wrap it with white floral tape and give it a twist with needle nose pliers! Again, just apply with hot glue!
You can place the pumpkins in lots of different settings… here’s just two!
On my TV console… this area gives the pumpkins an overcast coastal look….
I think this one was my fave… can you tell?
And then on a tray with a warm blanket… gives more of the coastal farmhouse look!
The starfish look so pretty with them, don’t you think?
And the sweet little plaid one… love those sand stems!
These sweet little pumpkins were so fun to make, and will add some coastal fall touches to My Wee Abode! What about you? What style or paper print would you add to your pumpkins?