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Crackle Pumpkin Decor in Three Easy Steps

You can achieve unique crackle pumpkin decor in just three simple steps! All you need is a fake pumpkin, acrylic paint, and crackle medium. So easy!

Festive autumn pumpkin craft - very easy and unique fall decor

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.

DIY Pumpkin Decor

Gather These Supplies

  • Fake pumpkin, any size
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Mod Podge Acrylic Shapes – Basics, 2
  • 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
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Toothpick
  • Pencil

My pumpkin was white so I painted it with Autumn Leaves. If your pumpkin is orange (or you want it white) you can skip this step.


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.


While your pumpkin is drying, choose your acrylic shapes (I used a variety). Trace them onto the back of your scrapbook paper and cut out the shapes.


Apply the paper to the back of the acrylic shapes with Mod Podge and 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 crackle 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 crackle pumpkin. 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.

Festive autumn pumpkin craft - very easy and unique fall decor

You are ready to rock and roll. And by that I mean rake leaves, roast chestnuts and drink hot cocoa by a fire. Hello colder weather!

Leslie Lambert

Wednesday 23rd of October 2013

This is a gorgeous did a wonderful job with the vintage-looking paint! I love it. This would be great to link up to Create It Thursday #25…it's live now! Hope to see you there!

Chelsea Day

Tuesday 22nd of October 2013

Love it! If you haven't linked up yet, come share your project on Teach Me Tuesday:

Laura / The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles

Monday 16th of September 2013

Love this pumpkin! The crackle is nice and subtle and the garland is so pretty! I think I might have to crackle a faux pumpkin now...especially since I may or may not have already smashed one of those fake ones! And not on purpose.

Cath T

Monday 16th of September 2013

Great idea--lots of ways to go with this, as you say. Thanks for sharing the pumpkin story. I didn't realize they were so hard to work with. I keep thinking you could do a humorous pumpkin with the smashed remains.


Monday 16th of September 2013

Hi Cath! They actually aren't hard to work with - it's definitely user error ;p But I like the idea of the humorous pumpkin!!