I don't have the best history with pumpkin crafts. In particular, I have destroyed a few fake pumpkins in my time. I tend to have a heavy hand, so sawing and punching holes in them has had some negative results in the past (picture wearing a fake pumpkin on the end of your hand, and not on purpose).
So I think this year I'm going to stick with just painting and decoupaging pumpkins. And that's exactly what I did with this autumn pumpkin craft. The fun thing about this craft is that technically you could make a few messages with the acrylic shapes and change them out when you like. So it's not just for the holidays, my friends! Here's how I decorated this lovely fall pumpkin.
Gather These Supplies
- Fake pumpkin, any size
- Mod Podge Matte
- Mod Podge Acrylic Shapes – Basics, 2
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- FolkArt Acrylic Paints – Autumn Leaves, Forest Moss, Pure Gold
- FolkArt Crackle Medium
- Scrapbook paper of your choice
- Decorative brads – 2
- Baker’s twine
- Adhesive alphabet letters
- Craft knife
Now you're going to use the Crackle Medium. Make sure to follow the instructions on whatever bottle you buy . . . they don't all work the same. For mine, I painted a medium layer all over and let it dry for several hours . . . then I got the bottom and did the same.
I thought this was going to be tricky but it wasn't at all! Paint a medium/thick layer of Forest Moss on top of the Crackle Medium. You should see it work right away! Don’t go back over the area with the paintbrush once it’s crackled (or you will disturb it). Paint the entire pumpkin this way and let it completely dry and crackle. Let dry.
Add your adhesive alphabet letters to the front of your acrylic shapes. Apply Dimensional Magic over the front of the acrylic shapes (including the letters) and let dry.
To finish, paint your pumpkin with Mod Podge Matte and let dry. Then string the acrylic shapes onto the baker’s twine by tying a knot on each shape.
Determine how you will hang the letters on the front of the pumpkin and cut a small slit at each end where you will hang (you can puncture the pumpkin with a craft knife but don't go crazy and end up with it on your hand). Stick your decorative brads into the slits and wrap the baker’s twine around each brad. Trim the baker’s twine – your pumpkin is ready to display.