Make a striped pumpkin DIY vase.

Make a striped DIY pumpkin vaseAccidents happen. Especially to me. But sometimes that accident can be a happy one . . . let me explain.

Holiday seasons rarely pass by without me breaking at least one fragile decoration. This fall was no exception!

I’ve had this clear glass pumpkin-shaped candy dish for a few years now. As I was pulling it out for autumn decorating . . . the lid of the jar crashed to the ground and shattered.

I hated the idea of throwing out the bottom section . . . it was a perfectly good pumpkin shape! So, I saw this as an opportunity to change and decorate it. Decoupage seemed like an easy solution. I wanted to decorate the glass from the inside to get a clean look from the outside. I thought about applying glitter . . . but decided that a black and white pattern would feel more appropriate for Halloween.

Make a striped pumpkin DIY vaseI found these fun black and white striped napkins at Target recently and fell in love. They were so graphic . . . plus I felt they were channeling Beetlejuice a little, too. I knew they’d be cute on my pumpkin container.

You can do this treatment to any vase – it doesn’t have to be pumpkin shaped.  Want to see how to make your glass vase spooky, too?

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Supplies used:

  • Glass pumpkin-shaped container
  • Black and white patterned napkins
  • Mod Podge (Gloss or Outdoor Formula)
  • Scissors
  • Brushes
  • White craft paint
  • Clear spray or sealer, optional

Instructions:

black-white-striped-decoupage-pumpkin-02Cut strips of paper from the napkins that will fit the width of each pumpkin rib section.

black-white-striped-decoupage-pumpkin-03Brush a medium coat of decoupage to one section of the inside of the glass.

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Apply the strips of paper evenly to the glass, and try not to wrinkle it as you lay it down. Smooth out any bubbles.

black-white-striped-decoupage-pumpkin-05Work your way around the pumpkin repeating the same steps to cover all the ribs of the pumpkin with paper.

black-white-striped-decoupage-pumpkin-06NOTE: I find that it is very hard to decoupage with fine/thin paper like a napkin and to do it on a curved surface. Do your best to smooth out any bubbles and wrinkles because they will be seen through the glass. (Unfortunately I ended up with quite a few bubbles… but now that I look at it dried, I think it adds a cool texture to the pumpkin surface…)

black-white-striped-decoupage-pumpkin-07Cut smaller sections of napkin and apply more decoupage and paper to cover the entire interior surface of the pumpkin.

Allow the decoupage to dry, then apply 2 more coats of Mod Podge to seal it up. I noted that some of the white areas of the napkins were a little translucent once dry. I wanted the stripes to be more opaque, so I used some white craft paint on the inside of the vase to brighten those areas.

Once dry, you also can seal the decoupage with a clear sealant to further protect it. Tip: IF you plan to use a potted plant in the glass container, I would suggest using Outdoor Mod Podge so that the surface is resistant to water/soil. I set a small plastic container with a mum inside my pumpkin. I used just Gloss Mod Podge on the glass, so I placed a plastic lid underneath the plant’s pot to protect the paper’s finish instead.

Make an easy striped pumpkin DIY vaseI was bummed I couldn’t find a small orange mum for this vase . . . but I think the red, white and black still feels like “Halloween.” It has more of an eerie feel to it, too.

I love the new life I was able to breath into this broken vase. It was a happy (and spooky!) accident that I’m kinda glad happened!

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About the Podger: You might call Shannon the Clark Kent of craft blogging. By day, she is a pharmacist and by night she shares simple ideas for crafts, décor and much more with her readers. She also craves chocolate, loves a thrifty find and tries (often unsuccessfully) to avoid glue gun burns. You can find Shannon on her blog, Madigan Made, and on FacebookTwitterGoogle + or Pinterest, too.