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DIY Mod Podge Pumpkins Coastal Style

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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!

diy mod podge pumpkins coastal style pumpkins with coastal pattern and leaves and stem on tray with starfish and blanket in background

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

You can create your own style of pumpkins by simply changing-up the print of the paper or napkins!

Prepping Your Pumpkins

  1. If you use floral picks, take your wire cutters and clip them off as close to the pumpkin as possible.
  2. 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.)
  3. Make sure your pumpkin is clean and free of any debris that might get stuck under the paper.
  4. 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.

diy mod podge pumpkins coastal style variety of photos with white pumpkin and craft supplies on white countertop

Covering Your Pumpkins

  1. Using the sponge brush, take your Mod Podge and cover the bottom of your pumpkin.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.

diy mod podge pumpkins coastal style variety of photos with white pumpkin and craft supplies on white countertop

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!

diy mod podge pumpkins coastal style pumpkin with starfish pattern and fishnet cover on white counter

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.

diy mod podge pumpkins coastal style pumpkin with plaid pattern and leaves and sand stem on white table

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!

 

diy mod podge pumpkins coastal style pumpkin with coastal pattern and leaves and stem on white table

Versatile Styling

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….

diy mod podge pumpkins coastal style pumpkins with coastal pattern and leaves and stem on white table

I think this one was my fave… can you tell?

diy mod podge pumpkins coastal style pumpkin with coastal pattern and leaves and stem on white table

And then on a tray with a warm blanket… gives more of the coastal farmhouse look!

diy mod podge pumpkins coastal style pumpkins with coastal pattern and leaves and stem on tray with starfish and blanket in background

The starfish look so pretty with them, don’t you think?

diy mod podge pumpkins coastal style pumpkins with coastal pattern and leaves and stem on tray with starfish and blanket in background

And the sweet little plaid one… love those sand stems!

diy mod podge pumpkins coastal style pumpkins with coastal pattern and leaves and stem on tray with starfish and blanket in background

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?

hugs and three hearts with signature Julie

 

 

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75 Comments

    1. Thanks, Holly! We definitely have some differences in our styles, but I’m so thankful that we both can appreciate and see the beauty in each others homes! Hugs, sweet friend!

    1. Thanks so much, Sonya! Glad you stopped by in the midst of your clean-up after the hurricane! You’re a lovely friend! BIG hugs!

  1. The details that you add is what takes this project over the top! You present the project in a way that encourages individual creativity. I think I will look for some cactus print paper!

    1. Oooooo! Teresa, if you do some, you make sure to send me pics! I would love to put them on my FB page! Thanks for always being such an encourager, dear sister!

    1. I agree, Kari… so many fall projects, and Christmas is just around the corner for us, right? Ahhhh! 😉 Let me know if you make some, and I will feature them! 😉

  2. Hi there Julie! WOW…these are so adorable… you sure have the whole Coastal Farmhouse Thing going on!!! LOVE IT : ) Pinned!!! Sending hugs and wishes for a fabulous day!

    1. Oh, thanks so much for the sweet words, Andrea! And thanks for taking time to drop in! You are a dear! Hugs back! (Oh and just went back and linking to Morning Cup… thanks for the ‘reminder’!)

  3. May I say this really opens up a new window of creativity at least in my mind. Who knew pumpkins could be decorated to fit quite nicely into a coastal theme? Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Aw, thanks so much, Mary! I agree! The peaches and aquas actually are reminiscent of the heirloom pumpkins, so it looks perfect to me! 😉 Thanks for the kind words! Hugs!

  4. These pumpkins are wonderful, using scrapbook paper means the variety is endless. I especially love your idea of adding sand to the stems. Pumpkin stems are always the hardest part and I think your idea is beautiful.

    1. Oh, you made my day, girlfriend! And you can tell me how brilliant I am anytime! LOL! (And do you know how many times I have thought the same thing reading YOUR blog?!) Hugs and hearts!

  5. I can’t tell you how many bottles of Mod Podge I’ve gone through. Mostly to decoupage or something like it. Your pumpkins are super cute and what a fun idea to take them coastal.

    1. LOL! I think we bloggers keep MP in business! 😉 Thanks for the sweet words! I love the coastal look, too!

    1. Hi, Peg… thanks for asking… I don’t know how I missed listing this (probably posting late night, as always!) I bought a small package at Michaels in the floral supply department… I tried to find a similar product on Amazon, but I can’t (in good conscience) recommend it because I can’t figure out if it’s the correct size (most fish net has very large knot openings.) Sorry I couldn’t help more!

        1. That’s a great idea, you would just need to make sure the weave was small enough. I’m finding that most fish net has a weave where the pumpkin would slip through it. 😉

  6. Your pumpkins are so cute! My favorite one is the one with the vintage sketches ( I think it is the one you said is your favorite too!) Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things – I’ll be featuring you tomorrow!

    1. Yes… the large one is my fave! Thank you for featuring me, Angelina! Looking forward to linking up again! (I’m loving my new velvet pumpkins!) Hugs, and see you tomorrow!

  7. What a fun and adorable project Julie. I needed these when I lived at the beach!
    Thank you for sharing your amazing projects at Create, Bake, Grow and Gather this week. I’ve pinned your coastal pumpkins to our party board.
    Hugs,
    Kerryanne

  8. I never would have thought of coastal pumpkins–and I live near the coast of Maine. EVERYTHING here is nautical! I have a piece of driftwood that would look lovely with a combo like yours! Love the sanded stems! I make my vine tendrils (or ends of wire on hanging placques) by curling the wire on a pencil or smaller knitting needle, pushing the curls together, then pulling them out to the length I want. I have some gorgeous sunflower napkins I want to try, too.

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