Today’s project is one I made about 8 years ago. I thought for sure I had shared it on the blog but as I went through my previous posts I couldn’t find it! Oops… It’s a fun, MESSY, but simple project that you will want to save for future fall decor. Even though my decoupaged paper mache pumpkin is 8 years old, I still pull it out every fall. Keep reading to see just WHY this one is so special!
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My Special Paper Mache Pumpkin Project
This pumpkin decoration is especially meaningful to me because of what I decoupaged onto it.
Several months before I made this pumpkin I asked my family members to write down things they were thankful for. Even the family members that live far away send me their lists in the mail or scanned it and attached to an email.
I made copies of those lists and some of my favorite family photos from the year to decoupage onto my paper mache pumpkin!
Supplies for the Memory Pumpkin Decoration
- paper mache pumpkin – These come in very interesting shapes, too.
- decoupage medium
- photocopies of family photos and handwriting notes
- pages from old books
- leftover paint
- crackle paint – The type I used isn’t made anymore but just use crackle medium with any paint you want.
I wasn’t even thinking about sharing this project 8 years ago, so I didn’t take any photo or video but I did find a similar project on YouTube that can show you the process.
First, I covered the pumpkin with pages from an old, worn-out book that came from the thrift store. It just takes a little manipulation and some tiny cuts or tears to get the flat paper to lay right on the round pumpkin.
Then I tore my lists and photos into narrow pieces to make them lay down smoother and decoupaged them on.
After the decoupage medium was completely dry I added some paint, crackle medium, and ink to age it a little.
Here’s how mine turned out. It’s held up pretty good over the last 8 years.
I store all my fall home decor in large Rubbermaid storage containers either in our attic or storage unit.
The first week of September every year my special memory pumpkin comes out and finds a new place in our home.
If you enjoyed this paper mache pumpkin project, you might also like these:
- 25 Repurposed Junk Pumpkins
- Junky Pumpkins Made from Vintage Jello Molds
- 14 Fall Decor Home Tours
- Easy Sew Fabric Pumpkins
- Decoupaged Map Pumpkins
Thanks for reading and I would love to hear about your fall craft projects. Leave a comment and let me know what you’ve been making.
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim