I can’t believe that September is almost over. It has been a beautiful month here in upstate NY, where almost every day, we have had the best weather. It’s a “light sweater and flip flops” time of year.
With October, the official start of pumpkin season arrives. Not only for Halloween but also for Thanksgiving. So, I thought I would share with you one of my favorite and easy ways to decorate a pumpkin.
This technique can be used on real pumpkins or artificial pumpkins. I usually use artificial pumpkins because I like to keep my creations for the following years.
Here is what you will need:
1. A pumpkin
2. Mod podge
3. Small paint brush
5. Silhouette – I just did a google search, picked some images I liked and printed them out.
6. Paper you cut into strips – I like to use old or vintage paper with words on it
7. Sharpie paint pen – you can get this on Amazon
8. Carbon paper – you can get this on Amazon
I am not sure how to classify this pumpkin decorating activity. As decoupage? As paper mache?
Anyway, here is the general idea. Using the paper you have, cut it into about 1 inch strips. Soak the paper in water for a little bit. The goal is to get the paper soft and pliable but not have it deteriorate. For this particular project, I was fortunate when a friend gave me an old dictionary where the cover had been long since torn off and many pages were missing. Perfect! I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for.
While your paper is soaking, paint a small section of your pumpkin with Mod podge. Add a strip of paper. Add more Mod podge on top of the paper. Repeat. Keep putting Mod podge on the pumpkin – followed by paper strips- followed by Mod podge.
Pumpkin covered with strips of paper and Mod podge
That’s a lot of Mod podge!
Once the entire pumpkin is covered – let it dry. I let mine dry for about 24 hours.
Trim your silhouette that you printed so that it is a size that fits on the pumpkin. In addition to silhouettes of people, I found some that were images of deer with antlers, and old skeleton keys, that would be really fun to use. Again, I just googled silhouettes and looked at the images that I found. I then just printed the images that I liked.
Cut a piece of carbon paper that is slightly larger than your silhouette. Use some tape to gently secure it to the pumpkin. Attach the silhouette on top of the carbon paper. (Tip – make sure you know which side of the carbon paper has the graphite and that it is facing against the pumpkin. I have, more than once, taped the carbon paper in the wrong direction.) Using a pen or pencil – trace the perimeter of the silhouette. Remove the carbon paper and the paper silhouette. The image should have lightly transferred to your pumpkin. Using your Sharpie paint pen, fill in the shape of the silhouette. Let the whole pumpkin dry for about an hour.
Pumpkin with silhouette
Your project is done. One pumpkin dressed up for Halloween and possibly even Thanksgiving.