Guest Post by Christina: How to Decoupage Foam Pumpkins – Damask Pumpkins – GIVE AWAY

When I saw these pumpkins that Christina had created I asked her immediately if she would do a Guest Post on Joy’s Life.  How could I not?  They’re beautiful.  You’re going to LOVE this. While you’re reading,  I’m off to Wal-Mart for a foam pumpkin!

Decoupage Pumpkin by Christina K.

from Cartersville, Georgia

Suggested supplies: Foam pumpkin (Walmart $5.00), One standard size can of white spray paint (Walmart .97), High quality tissue paper or paper napkins (print of your choice), Mod Podge or craft varnish of your choice (I used gloss finish), short bristle craft or paint brush, craft glue, glitter (I used white), scissors, non stick aluminum foil or wax paper, Optional embellishments of your choice.

Step 1 – Spray the pumpkin white. This will take at least three coats to cover the orange. Don’t worry about covering the stem completely as the paint will not dry on the rubber stem with too many coats. Let pumpkin dry completely.

Step 2 – Cut the tissue paper or napkin (use one single layer of paper or napkin) to the correct length for the pumpkin, be sure to leave enough to reach the stem and for the bottom.

Step 3 – Cover your work surface with non stick foil or wax paper and coat the entire pumpkin with a thick layer of craft varnish.

Step 4 – Start on the side and press the paper onto the pumpkin as you work your way around.  The paper may tear in places, if this happens just piece it back together (my Damask pattern was very forgiving).

Step 5 – Cut relief slits on both the top and bottom paper edge so the paper will fit easily around the top and bottom curve.

Step 6 – Paint each piece of paper with craft varnish and adhere around the steam and bottom of the pumpkin.  Trim the pieces as much as possible to avoid too much pattern overlapping as it can be seen once dried.  If your paper did not reach all the way around the pumpkin then trim both the existing paper and the additional paper so it fits into the grooves of the pumpkin to hide the seams.

Step 7 –  Once the entire pumpkin is covered in paper take your hands and carefully “burnish” the outside of the pumpkin.  Make sure the paper is securely stuck and smoothed as much as possible (the outside of the pumpkin is still relatively dry at this point so it’s not very messy).

Step 8 – Start at the stem and coat the entire pumpkin with three or four coats of craft varnish (letting dry between coats).

Step 9 – Brush the stem with a heavy layer of craft glue and sprinkle with glitter color of your choice.

Step 10 – Your pumpkin is now complete.  Embellish your pumpkin as desired (I used green ribbon and a monogram tag) and enjoy your unique decorator pumpkin!

Thank you Christina!!  You did an outstanding job both on the pumpkin AND the tutorial.  You’re GREAT!!


GUESS WHAT?  Christina is giving the above pumpkin away to one lucky winner!  Just leave a comment on this post to be entered to win.  I’ll use Random.org to choose a winner on October 13, 2010.


# SherriC. Says:
October 10th, 2010 at 11:09 PM e
Love Love Love It Christina!!!!! TFS

Thank you Christina!!!

By the way…my husband is threatening to enter this contest because he thinks this pumpkin is awesome.  LOL! This really surprises me since I long ago agreed not to “girlify” the house too much.  Luckily, we both like warm colors and big furniture.  Could I have snuck in a damask print this whole time?  Good grief! 😉

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  1. MickeyStaudt says:

    What a terrific idea! I love her black and green, great color choices! Thanks for sharing, I am gonna try this one!

    1. MickeyStaudt,
      I agree! I love the black & green together. So pretty! 😉 She made great choices!

  2. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing this project with us!

  3. winnielosie says:

    How beautiful. I love them. I need to go to town. Thanks Joy and Christina for sharing with us your loyal fans.

  4. How totally elegant! I can see myself trying this project. Thanks to both of you for sharing!

  5. Those are so elegant looking. I love the little mini ones also. They are not Halloweeny looking. Great Idea Christina and Joy. Oh, I also loved the candle holders next to the pumpkins. Did you make those Joy?

    1. Mimicaro,
      The candle holders are Christina’s. I don’t know if she made them or not. They’re pretty though aren’t they? 😀

  6. This is a fantastic idea , and so unique!

  7. Love this idea. Just great. TFS. I love your blog of 31 days. thanks for the inspiration.

  8. sunshinekmp says:

    Saw this idea on FFD, LOVE it!!!!!

  9. I have to agree with your hubby….this pumpkin is AWESOME! 🙂

  10. I see all kinds of possibilities for covering pumpkins in different patterns of tissue. oooo

  11. That is a brilliant idea!!!!!!! I never would have though! Thanks so much for the idea!! 🙂

  12. ChristiK76 says:

    I love this pumpkin…and my last name starts with a K so it would be perfect.

    Thanks for the opportunity.


  13. I love these even better now that I see them here compared to the post on FFD. Now I am off to go to Walmart, not my favorite store, but any sacrifice for a neat craft project.

  14. I love this idea! I am not a fan of Halloween per say so this decorator pumpkin is perfect!

  15. MissMichelle says:

    Wow how simple to get something so pretty. Thanks for sharing!!!

  16. This is cool. I have not seen this done before. I need to get some after Halloween and try this (all about saving money and I don’t have a lot of time right now)

  17. Love this idea! This print would fit in perfectly in my craftroom! I need to look for tissue today! Thanks for sharing!

  18. I’m in love with this pumpkin!!! I’m off to buy the supplies to make several of them. Thanks for the inspiration. papermemories4u at yahoo dot com

  19. This is a really cute idea! Joann’s and Michael’s have white pumpkins, which would save the need to spray paint 🙂 I think I will pick up some tissue paper and white pumpkins later when I make my run!!

  20. clairbear3 says:

    These are very beautiful!!!

  21. I can already picture this pumpkin sitting on my mantle! I would love to win it b/c I don’t think I’m this crafty to make one!

  22. I love love love it! I am seriously going out today to get the stuff to make these! Sooooo cute!

  23. What a great idea, you American’s really do know how to celebrate Halloween I just wished we did more here in the UK.
    Kim xXx

  24. Wow never seen this done with tissue paper. Looks easy. My mind is racing with ideas for every season on tissue decoupage.

  25. dgutierez1 says:

    This is a really cool project – thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    Deanne G
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  26. jklcreations says:

    I love this idea.. would also look cool with fall leaves napkins put on it…

  27. flipflopdiva says:

    So awesome!!! Who knew!! If you don’t want to bother painting it white—Michael’s sells them in white, black and orange!!! I love this but my napkin/decoupage skills–not the best!! I need to win one already completed!!!

  28. BrowerBakes says:

    OHMYGOSH! I am a damask FREAK, I LOVE this pumpkin! This is such an awesome idea, I need to find damask tissue paper so I can try it myself 🙂

  29. lauraleed says:

    this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it….

  30. This is gorgeous!! Love it!!

  31. What a cool looking pumpkin! Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. Wow I. Love that look. I have a couple of those pumpkins I got last year on clearance. Off to decoupache…

  33. Very nice, they look so fancy

  34. Pretty, pretty! I would be thrilled to win! Thanks for the neat project idea!

  35. How fun is this pumpkin? I love this idea, glad you shared with us. Great job Christina

  36. Tissue paper deco is on my radar. Somthing that does not look like tradiional Halloween will be great. Thaks for sharing

  37. Wow! That is an awesome project! I happened took DD#1 to Michael’s today to do their kid project thing (which was decorating pumpkins). My pumpkin (which is a garish shade of purple) just might get recycled! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Joy & Christina!

  38. That is such a fantastic idea! You are such an enabler! Now I must get to WalMart and Michaels….I can’t wait to try this! Thanks so much!
    thomfam at inreach dot com

  39. What a great idea! So creative! I was wanting to do something with a pumpkin like yours. Now I know what can be done to it.

  40. Very cool! thanks for a chance to win it!

  41. Thanks for the tut! lovely! Kathy

  42. very unique! Thanks for the idea!

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  44. Christina, thank you so much these are beautiful! So easy. Think I’m headed to Wal-mart now. LOL!!

  45. sometimes we forget the old craftng techniques and how fun they are. I remember using modge podge back in the 70’s. Made the hostes gifts for my bridal shower using beautiful napkins and ceramic shapes then little gold easels for display.

  46. Dang!! I wish I had watched this earlier, I went to Wally World yesterday (it is 45 minutes away) I guess a return trip is in order! I LOVE this and I need more fall decor items. Thanks this is a definite craft-lift item! LOL (be looking for it on my blog! LOL)

  47. Joydee1963 says:

    This so pretty,I love it.Did that tissue paper come from walmart?? joy

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