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Thanksgiving and the holidays are a wonderful time to decorate and enjoy the autumn colors, cinnamon, evergreen and rosemary scents, pumpkins and gourd decorations, and most importantly, to have have fun with friends and fam. Decorating for the holidays does not have to break your bank, in fact we recommend making some DIY homemade thanksgiving decorations that will stun onlookers. Below, we show you how to decorate pumpkins without carving them, but instead doing paper mache to create luxe pumpkins.
We have decoupaged two different pumpkins using fashion magazines, scissors, and glue. The second fairy tale pumpkin has more defined grooves for a different look and includes shiny tacks as decoration. Each one can have its own character depending on if you are using architectural, fashion, food, or perhaps fishing magazines. The pumpkins become ornaments in your living room that you can place on a candle stand with candles surrounding it. Pretty unique! Our fashion pumpkins even have a plant sign in them with a fashion quote for extra quirkiness.
How To Create Luxe Pumpkins:
pumpkin (ghost pumpkin, regular pumpkin, or fairytale pumpkin)
shallow dish filled with water
Mod Podge Matte or Elmer’s glue
Newspaper or paper bags
Studs or thumb tacks
Pumpkin #1: how to decoupage a pumpkin
Step 1: Cut out magazine photos. Pick a theme and then choose pictures to cut out from magazines. For the fashion pumpkins, I chose elaborate furs, ornate jewels, and fancy patterns that are popular and trendy this season.
Step 2: Prepare the shallow dish with water and soak magazine cutout pictures so that they are supple to fit the contours of the pumpkin. Mix 1 part Mod Podge and 1 part water in a plastic cup.
Step 3: For the large images, cut them into a narrower piece so that they fit the contours of the pumpkin.
Step 4: Dip the sponge brush in the glue/water mix and brush the back of the magazine picture.
Step 5: Place the picture on the pumpkin and then sponge brush on top of the magazine picture. The glue mixture will look like white drops everywhere when wet. When the entire pumpkin dries the white drops will disappear.
Step 6: If you cut an image in smaller pieces, then repeat step 4 & 5 with the other piece. The image will look seamlessly as one .
Step 7: Continue putting all of the magazine pictures on the pumpkin until the entire surface area is covered. Let the pumpkin dry. If you mess up a magazine picture because it becomes too saturated, just cover it with another magazine picture. You will get better as you go! Have fun!!
Pumpkin #2: how to decoupage and decorate a pumpkin with studs