Decoupage Photo Pumpkin


Since Romeo can’t decorate his own pumpkin this year I thought I would do it for him! I created a decoupage photo pumpkin with some of my favorite pictures of him… I know it seems a little obsessive, but how cool is it?! I also used a faux pumpkin so I can have it for years to come. This perfect decoupage photo pumpkin can be a Halloween decoration for his room!

1. Gather your materials: A faux pumpkin, black and white photos, Mod Pog and a paint brush.

2. Print about 50 of your favorite photos in black and white on regular paper. All different sizes and cut them out.

3. Paint a thin layer of Mod Pog on the back of a photo then place on the top of the pumpkin. I started from top to bottom, no order, just went with an organic pattern.

4. Continue adding pictures on, layering from top to bottom until the entire pumpkin is covered. Embrace the crinkles… It’s decoupage so it’s supposed to have them and it gives it a cool rustic look!

5. Let it dry for an hour then paint a layer of Mod Pog over the entire pumpkin.

6. Let that dry for 2 hours and paint another layer. Continue to paint layers until you get the texture you like on the outside. I did 4 layers of Mod Pog. Enjoy!
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25 responses to Decoupage Photo Pumpkin

  1. October 22, 2012

    Super adorable idea, Eden! Very unique and we’ll have to try that before Halloween 😉

    1. October 22, 2012

      Thank you so much!! Yes, do it and you’ll have a memorable, decorated pumpkin forever! 🙂

  2. October 22, 2012

    What a great idea!! I want to have the same pumpkin in my house all year-round!

    1. October 22, 2012

      Haha!! You could leave it up! Or store it away and then the following year it will bring you so many memories 🙂

  3. October 23, 2012

    This is such a great idea and fun way to display photos during the holidays!

  4. October 24, 2012

    Oh how I love this! And love that I’m not the only one obsessed with picutures of the bambino! 🙂 Adorable!

  5. July 9, 2013

    This is beautiful! I never do pumpkins but this one doesn’t require all that hands on pulp stuff! Thanks for a super idea!

  6. August 28, 2013

    This is absolutely adorable! I covered a faux pumpkin last year with fabric & modge podge, then after Halloween, bought another faux pumpkin on clearance (those suckers are pricy!) so I have one all ready to go this year to do this project with! Except I think I will print out all my photos in sepia to make it more of a fall color & my living room colors are more browns. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!! Jill @ Mama Ging

    1. Eden
      August 28, 2013

      Jill!! Great idea with sepia… I love that look! I collected a few faux from last year’s after sale too!! I also use my 40% off coupons at our craft store called Michaels, if you have one by you print them out! Send me a pic when you’re done! Would love to see it 😉 Xo -Eden

  7. October 23, 2013

    Just wanted to share that I included your fun idea in my latest article for Parade Magazine!

    1. Eden
      October 23, 2013

      Thanks so much Kim!!! I appreciate it 🙂 Great round-up too!

  8. October 31, 2013

    love this ….would like to do it for christmas for my children….too late for this halloween but i might just go ahead and do it for thanksgiving. but on christmas…what should i do it on? any ideas/

    1. Eden
      November 1, 2013

      Maybe a faux (cardboard) Christmas tree! They sell them at craft stores… That could be so cute 🙂

  9. Mandi
    November 12, 2014

    I loved this idea when I saw it on Pinterest. My daughter has her first birthday in mid-November and we have a pumpkin theme going for the party. I thought this idea would be perfect to commemorate her first year and will go so well with the party theme. It turned out absolutely adorable! I hope to make a new one for her every year with all of my favorite pictures. We’ll have a collection of them in just a few short years. Thanks for a wonderful, creative idea!

  10. September 29, 2015

    What a beautiful way to add a personal touch to fall decor while keeping it chic! This is such a cute idea! It would be fun to do pictures of the whole family too, including pets! I’ve linked your project on my blog as part of a craft pumpkin decorating idea roundup here: with a link back to your site of course!

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. December 1, 2015

    Thanks for finally writing about >Decoupage Photo Pumpkin – Sugar and Charm – sweet recipes – entertaining
    tips – lifestyle inspiration <Loved it!

  12. Jen
    October 13, 2016

    This is such a great idea! Thanks for the step by step instructions, very helpful. Question–is there a reason you used Paper Mod Podge instead of Classic? I followed your photos and used Paper, just hoping I got the right kind. (Waiting for the first sealing coat to try). Also, what do the all-over coats do, just seal it so the pictures don’t get torn off? This is my first time working with Mod Podge. 🙂

  13. Donna Bentley
    September 18, 2017

    Love this idea!!! Going to make it this weekend! My granddaughter will be 7months this Halloween & I have loads of pics!!

    1. Eden
      September 18, 2017

      Yay!! It was such a fun project!

  14. Jeananne Taft
    October 5, 2017

    I love this idea. I was wondering though what type of paper did you print the photos on? I have everything to make it with but not sure of the photo paper.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you

    1. Eden
      October 5, 2017

      We actually used regular paper! The decoupage did give it a little yellow tint, but we liked the way that looked. Kind of vintage. You can probably use a thin, flexible photo paper though too.

  15. Julianna
    September 25, 2018

    This is an amazing idea ! Did you put this pumpkin outside for display or just inside decor ?

  16. Lurinda Armstrong
    October 18, 2018

    I love this idea I am using it for my great nephew 3rd Birthday I have one question did you use a inkjet printer or a laser printer

  17. Erin
    October 18, 2018

    Did you have any issues with the paper turning green after getting all the pictures on? I used the same mod podge and black and white pictures on regular paper.

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