I don’t do a lot of fall decorating inside my house. I have one big sunflower centerpiece that I put on my dining room table with a plain fall tablecloth, but that’s about it.
Outside, I put mums, pumpkins, gourds, and pansies, but that’s really the extent of my fall decorating.
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I was walking through a home store one day a few weeks ago, and came across some really cool pumpkins. I was shocked at how expensive they were.
A few days later, I was in the craft store and saw these great paper mache pumpkins in a variety of sizes and shapes.
I’ve done paper mache from scratch before, and you could certainly create some great pumpkins, but the premade ones save so much time.
The hardest part of this project was deciding how I wanted to decorate my pumpkins. There are so many options besides plain orange with jack-o-lantern faces. I love black glitter polka dots and chevron stripes, but I chose something a little more traditional.
Supplies for Paper Mache Pumpkins
- Paper Mache Pumpkin
- Orange, Cream, and Gold Paint
- Foam paint brush
- 1″ Paint brush
- Other fall decorations to go with your pumpkins. Some great choices are sunflowers, acorns, mums, cat tails, and pine cones.
Start by painting your pumpkins orange or cream (or whatever color you want them). The paper mache soaks up the paint really quickly. It took 2-3 coats to get decent coverage on them. In hindsight, if I had painted them with a spray primer first, it probably would have gone on more smoothly.
Using the gold paint and a 1″ brush, dry brush the gold over the orange and cream. I dipped my brush in the paint, then dabbed most of it off, before applying it to the pumpkin. I didn’t want to completely cover the pumpkins in gold.
Paint the stems gold.
To get more use out of these pumpkins, decorate one side like I did for these Halloween Pumpkins. When Halloween is over, turn them around, and you have pretty pumpkins for fall and Thanksgiving.
There are so many fun ways to decorate pumpkins for fall. I hope you will purchase some paper mache pumpkins and see what you come up with!
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