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Day of the Dead Pumpkin Craft

Are you ready for a cool Day of the Dead pumpkin craft you can make in a matter of minutes? You can customize this project with any napkins you like.

Skills Required: Beginner. Napkins are thin so you probably want to have a little bit of experience with Mod Podge to prevent wrinkles. Overall, it’s an easy craft.

Day of the Dead Pumpkin Craft

It’s that time of year again . . . FALL!  I love getting the house ready and working on new projects. One of the first projects I got started on was a Day of the Dead pumpkin craft for Halloween.

It’s so popular right now, everywhere you go they have a Day of the Dead section for Halloween. So I had to make a craft inspired by it. Learn how to decorate this pumpkin below.

Day of the Dead Pumpkin

Gather These Supplies

Getting Started

I got some great pumpkins at Michaels for this project.

White funkin

I found some cool napkins that I thought would be perfect for this project. I got the pack for $1.00!

Paper Mod Podge and Day of the Dead napkins

Step 1 – Cut Out Shape

I cut out the shape I wanted to use for this project from the napkin. You’ll separate the layers, too.

Calaveras skull design cut out of napkins and pair of scissors

Step 2 – Pin Shape to Pumpkin

I created the pattern I wanted and used some push pins to help keep in place.

Sugar skull napkin shapes pinned onto the side of the pumpkin

Step 3 – Add Mod Podge

Now it’s time to add Mod Podge to your Day of the Dead pumpkin!

I added a little to the back of the napkin design and firmly pressed it onto my pumpkin. Then I smoothed it down with my fingers. Finally, I added another layer of Mod Podge on top. Let dry 30 minutes.

Painting the back of the napkin pieces and adding them to the sides of the pumpkin

Step 4 – Add Embellishments

I decided I wanted to add some succulents I had on hand to the top. I cut the stems off and hot glued the succulents on top.

Pile of faux succulents

Finishing Touches

Now that I’m finished I can display! I think the pumpkin turned out super cute.

Day of the Day pumpkin

This is a super simple Day of the Dead pumpkin craft you can have done in no time!

How to make a Dia de Los Muertos pumpkin

If you’re not a Day of the Dead kind of person, you can add whatever design you like to your pumpkin using the napkins of your choice!

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Thursday 20th of October 2016

This is a really cute idea! I already have my pumpkins, mod podge, napkins and everything! I think I'll do it today.