Use doilies from the craft store $1 bin and Mod Podge in this unique pumpkin craft! Gives a vintage/antique touch to your fall and holiday decor.
Do you ever browse the $1 bins at stores? Actually I’m not sure why I’m asking that . . . of course you do!
There’s a good reason why I’ve posed this question, which I’ll let you know in a minute – but in the meantime, you should know that I’ve gone doily crazy my friends!
It all started when my mom mentioned the “Golden Hands” series of craft books from the early 1970s (she has them all) and we discussed doing some throwback crafts together.
I’m such a big fan of 60s and 70s crafts, and doilies seem to be a big part of that time period.
I knew that I wanted to to incorporate them into a creative project for fall, and then the Michaels pumpkin craft challenge presented itself . . .
So if you aren’t following me yet, we have dollar bins, doilies, and a pumpkin craft challenge. And that’s how it happened my friends – all three came together for this project!
I already had doilies on the brain when I went shopping at Michaels for my faux pumpkins . . . I bought several sizes and colors of the pumpkins for this project and others I wanted to do as well.
If you’re interested in some too, visit Michaels.com and check out the variety of craft pumpkins available – there is every color, shape and size you could ever want!
So as I was driving my cart around the craft store, I had to stop by the budget bins toward the registers . . . and that’s when my doily dreams came true.
They had a boatload of doilies, and in many colors! Yahoo! My dream of a doily pumpkin project had become a reality. Here’s how it all went down.
Gather These Supplies
- Faux pumpkin, color of your choice
- Doilies – as many as you like in the colors you like
- Mod Podge Satin
- Plastic bin (used for crafts, not food)
- Craft glue
For this project I used two faux pumpkins – a larger white one and a smaller black one. The white pumpkin had a shiny finish and the smaller black one had a matte chalkboard finish . . . that will actually be important in this tutorial.
I purchased doilies in black, gray, and white. I removed each of them from the packaging and cut off the tags carefully. Then I removed the excess tag with tweezers.
For the smaller pumpkin I used four doilies and for the larger pumpkin, I used about nine (you could probably get away with eight).
Grab your plastic bin and Satin Mod Podge.
Pour in about 1/4 of the bottle or so – it depends on how many pumpkins you are doing.
Add water and then create a mixture. Two things: 1) this is probably the only time I’m ever going to tell you to water down Mod Podge and 2) the ratio of the mixture isn’t THAT important. You still want it somewhat glue-y.
Stir up your mixture!
We’re going to start with the black pumpkin. Dip your doily into the Mod Podge mixture. . .
Stir it around and get it soaked, then lightly squeeze it out (you want to leave some of the Mod Podge mixture on the doily).
Place the doily onto the pumpkin. It was then that I learned two things: 1) cover your surface with wax paper to catch the drips and 2) use a brush to wipe away the Mod Podge mixture that runs down the pumpkin.
Let this doily dry enough to seal to the pumpkin a bit.
Then repeat around the perimeter of the pumpkin till it’s all covered.
Use the brush to wipe away the Mod Podge mixture where it has collected. Let the pumpkin dry for several hours.
Then move along to the bigger pumpkin! Remember I said this one had a more smooth surface?
Here’s what I learned in completing this particular pumpkin.
The mixture actually needs to be WAY thicker for the smoother pumpkin. It needs to be very close to regular Mod Podge consistency but just slightly water-y.
I also recommend brushing the surface of the pumpkin with Mod Podge at regular consistency before applying the doilies.
Putting dabs of Mod Podge down to secure also helps.
It doesn’t take that long for these few extra steps, and the doilies will be WAY more secure. Allow adequate drying time before turning to apply more doilies.
Your project is done – and your pumpkins are doilied!! The final touch was to paint the stem on the white pumpkin with a black paint – but you don’t have to do that part if you don’t want to.
I love how easy this doily pumpkin craft was!
These are perfect for a vintage feel to your seasonal decor or for a rustic touch to your holiday decorating.