DIY Fall Decor – Decoupage Pumpkin

Moondance inspired decoupaged pumpkin with sheet music

Today I am sharing an easy DIY tutorial for decoupage pumpkins.

My decoupaged pumpkins are inspired by the Van Morrison Song, Moondance.

Have you ever heard it?

It’s one of my FAVORITE songs.

Sure, other artists have covered it, like Michael Buble.

But none are as magical as the version by Van Morrison

The song paints a beautiful picture of the romance of fall.
Dancing under the moon of a star filled October sky.

“Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
‘Neath the cover of October skies”

You may have seen pumpkins decoupaged in all kinds of paper.

Like these by the very talented KariAnne from Thislewood Farms.

You can use fabric, paper napkins or torn up book pages.

But I had a song in my heart, so I used old music sheets!

It’s so easy to decoupage pumpkins.
This is a craft project for just about any age.

All you need are:
Faux pumpkins
White craft Glue
Sheet Music (or book pages)
Gold Paint

The Faux pumpkins are easy to find this time of year.
You can get them from your local craft stores like, Hobby Lobby, Jo Ann Fabrics and Michaels.

Of course you can always get them from Amazon.com

I also used traditional washable white craft glue.

You could use Mod Podge, but white craft glue is so easy to find and it is so inexpensive.

Old sheets of music [or books]
AND, If you don’t like sticky hands, you can use some gloves, too.

To start, cover your area with plastic.

Things can get a bit messy when you decoupage.

I found these beautiful faux pumpkins at Hobby Lobby (and 40% off!).

faux-pumpkin-decoupage-DIY-2
faux pumpkin

To get the pumpkins ready, pop out the stems, and leaves if there were any.
Just set them aside, I have plans for them.

remove the stem
remove stem from faux pumpkin
set stem and leaves aside

The next step is to rip up the sheet music (or book paged) into pieces that are about 2″ to 3″ long and 1″ to 2″ wide.
Make sure to vary the pieces, you don’t want it to look too uniform.

tear paper in to small pieces
tear paper into small pieces

Sheet music is a bit thick, so I have a tip to soften the paper.

Get a container of warm water and soak pieces of sheet music to soften them up.

I actually used a resealable silicone bag, but I recommend using a bowl or shallow dish.

soak in warm water
soak paper in warm water to soften

The paper starts to become a bit transparent and softens.
This helps the paper mold to the curves of the pumpkin.

While the paper is soaking, pour glue in to a bowl.

If the glue is too thick, you can thin it with a bit of warm water.

add glue to a container for dipping

Just don’t make the glue too thin, because it makes the paper slippery and it does not like to stick to the pumpkin.

Before I decoupage the pumpkin, I like to flip it over and start from the bottom.

9 flip pumpkin upside down

Did you notice the color change?

The orange faux pumpkins were quite dark, so I painted them a neutral color so that the orange color wouldn’t bleed thru.

It also helps to set your pumpkin on a cup to lift it up a bit.

place on riser

This is where you get your gloves on because things are about to get messy.
Dip the pieces of wet paper in the glue, wipe off some of the excess glue and smooth it on to the pumpkin.

apply paper to pumpkin

Overlap the pieces a bit.

Working from the top down [I guess we are really going from the bottom, up], continue slightly overlapping pieces of paper around the faux pumpkin.

I love the sheet music, there are hand written notes tucked in amongst the songs.

handwritten note on decoupaged pumpkin

It adds a bit of charm, don’t you think?

Once you cover most of the pumpkin, use your gloved hands to smoooosh the paper down in all the crevices.

You can work out the excess glue, so you don’t have any drips.

And hum a bit of Moondance

“And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow”

Pretty soon you will have covered about 3/4 of the faux pumpkin.
Let it dry overnight.

 let pumpkin dry

As the decoupage pumpkin was drying, I painted the pumpkin stems and leaves with a gold wash.

Then the stems and leaves aside to dry.

After the decoupaged pumpkin was dry, flip it right side up and finish applying the paper by dipping it in to the glue and smoothing it over the pumpkin.

Don’t forget to overlap your pieces.

 flip pumpkin and continue to decoupage
let pumpkin dry

Let your pumpkin dry overnight.

Oh, I am so excited because the pumpkin is almost ready.

Almost…

I need to add a bit of romance to the decoupaged pumpkins, because Moondance is jazzy and romantic.

I popped the gold stems back in to the pumpkin.

Then I dry brushed a bit of the gold on the pumpkin and sealed it with a clear coat.

dry brush pumpkin with gold and poly

The gold creates a loverly antique effect.

And the poly seals the pumpkins.

Now all you need to do is let them dry overnight, one more time.

That’s it! How easy was that?

Moondance inspired decoupaged pumpkin w sheet music

The notes dancing around the pumpkins are kind of romantic, aren’t they?

A charming pumpkin inspired by Moondance and October.

Moondance inspired decoupaged pumpkin with sheet music

Now I have a loverly pumpkin on my mantle and a song in my heart.

I hope the decoupaged pumpkins inspired you to decoupage something.
What will you use, old books, wrapping paper, napkins or fabric?

Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear about what you created.

Oh, and don’t forget to pin the project!

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