Decoupage Photo Craft Pumpkins

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Create a decoupage photo craft pumpkin that you can decorate with every year! Be sure to check out more of our Halloween ideas below!

A pumpkin with photos on it.

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?!

Also, I 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!

DIY decoupage craft pumpkin

How To Decorate Craft Pumpkins – Step By Step

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

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!

Decoupage craft pumpkin diy collage

Craft Pumpkins

You can use a fresh pumpkin, but if you want to reuse it then go for a craft or faux pumpkin.

The craft pumpkins look like an idealized pumpkin. They are a little thin for carving but will work perfectly for this project. Funkins are molded from real pumpkins and so they retain the imperfections of the original. The foam is thicker and the paint job they get is a little more realistic.

A Fun Project For the Whole Family!

This craft pumpkin project is perfect for the whole family. It’s so fun to work on a craft project together, you can lay out all your photos and reminisce, then pop them on the pumpkin. Creative and nostalgic!

Applying Mod Podge

For your Mod Podge glue, you can either use a flat paintbrush or a foam brush when applying it to you craft pumpkin. If you are going to use a paintbrush, look for something that has firm, but smooth, bristles, such as taklon. Avoid boar-bristle brushes, as they are too stiff and will leave streaks. Camelhair brushes are too soft to be used with Mod Podge.

Beautiful decoupage pumpkin with baby pictures

Tips For Decorating Craft Pumpkins

  • Print around 50 photos
  • Have different sized photos, for variety and to make the collage look really interesting.
  • Embrace the crinkles in the photos – it gives a great rustic look.
  • Keep adding layers, year on year!

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DIY photo decoupage pumpkin

Photo Decoupage Pumpkin

Create a decoupage photo – no carve – pumpkin that you can decorate with every year! Be sure to check out more of our Halloween ideas below!
4.41 from 10 votes
Print Pin Rate
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
dry: 2 hours
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 1 pumpkin
Calories:
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • A faux pumpkin
  • black and white photos
  • Water based glue like – Mod Podge
  • a paintbrush.

Instructions

  • Print about 50 of your favorite photos in black and white on regular paper. All different sizes and cut them out.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Let it dry for an hour then paint a layer of Mod Pog over the entire pumpkin. 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!

Notes

allow 2 hours to dry between layers
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26 thoughts on “Decoupage Photo Craft Pumpkins”

  1. Awesome idea my daughter in law wamted to do one for her husband from there son. Since I’m the crafter in the family Im making it question did you put pictures on the bottom also?

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  2. 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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  3. 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

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  4. 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

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    • 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.

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  5. 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. πŸ™‚

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

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  7. 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!

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  8. 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/

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  9. 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. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the inspiration!! Jill @ Mama Ging

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