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Coastal Fall Decor: Sand Pumpkins

These sand pumpkins are EASY to make and perfect for adding to a coastal fall decor display! So simple that even kids can help.

Coastal Fall Decor: Sand PumpkinsHey, everyone! It’s almost fall, yay!

So . . . I’ve been getting the house ready for autumn with a few unique DIY pumpkins. I do have a little different take on autumn; I decorate my house with a Fall coastal style. I have pumpkins mixed in with shells, etc., so every year I make a new pumpkin version with a coastal twist. This year I decided to add a sand covered pumpkin into the mix!

Many of you go on vacations to the beach during the summer, and some of you might even save some sand from the trip as a keepsake. This is a great way to use some of the sand you saved! A lot of people think that sand might be for summer only, but the truth is that coastal fall decor is more popular than ever (same for Christmas!)

Three Easy Steps

You’re going to make this simple coastal fall decor in three steps! These are so easy that even kids can help. If you can pick up a paintbrush and sprinkle sand, you’ll be able to make these. Here’s what you’re going to do:

We’ll get into the details below, but I think you can handle that, don’t you?

Adding More Sand

Before I dive into the tutorial I want to address adding more sand, since it’s the only potential issue you might run into. You can definitely add more sand to the project, and you can even do it on top of a portion of the pumpkin that has already been Podged.

What you need to keep in mind is that the layers of Mod Podge need to be relatively thin when you add them to the surface of your pumpkin. It’s better to use thinner layers than to clump on the Podge . . . because the Podge will dry in clumps and it will be noticeable.

My suggestion is to complete the project by adding a thin layer of Mod Podge to about 1/4 of a (small) pumpkin, and then sprinkle the sand. Repeat 1/4 of the pumpkin at a time until the whole thing is covered. When everything is dry, you’ll know if you need to add more sand.

Keep reading to get the tutorial!

Coastal Fall Decor: Sand Pumpkins

Gather These Supplies

  • Fake Pumpkin
  • Acyclic paint (for the stem)
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Sand

Getting Started

I rounded up my supplies for this craft!  I already had an awesome foam pumpkin on hand, which I was super excited about. You can also use a paper mache pumpkin, a wood pumpkin piece, or anything similar. The only thing you might want to consider is basecoating your pumpkin with white if it’s not already.

Coastal Pumpkin Craft with Sand

Step 1 – Paint the Stem

Pull the foam stem out of the pumpkin and paint it the color of your choice. I picked pretty blue and brown colors. I painted the stem and let dry a couple minutes.

Coastal Pumpkin Craft with Sand

Step 2 – Add Mod Podge

I lightly covered the pumpkin with my Mod Podge and then sprinkled my sand on top. The biggest tip is not to “glob” your Mod Podge. This is because if the Mod Podge is too thick, then when you add your sand it will look inconsistent and heavy in spots.

Paintbrush loaded with Mod Podge

Step 3 – Sprinkle the Sand

Sprinkle the sand on top of the wet Mod Podge. Work your way around the pumpkin until it’s completely covered. I let the pumpkin dry completely for two hours. Once it was dry, I added another coat of sand to the pumpkin.

Coastal Pumpkin Craft with Sand

Finishing Touches

Once your Mod Podge is dry you’re ready to display!!

Coastal Pumpkin Craft with SandCoastal Pumpkin Craft with SandAs you can see, this is a pretty simple project to make. I just love my coastal fall decor, and I can keep a bit of summer with me into autumn. It’s a simple pumpkin craft, but I think it turned out pretty cute! Would you decorate fall pumpkins this way?

This sand pumpkin would look fabulous with our nautical pumpkin craft. Learn how to make it by clicking the image below:

This pumpkin craft uses Mod Podge and fabric to turn a gourd into fantastic fall decor! Learn how easy it is to make with this great tutorial.

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Monday 14th of November 2016

Absolutely lovely! Thank you.

Karen L K

Monday 24th of October 2016

A cute idea!

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