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Easy DIY Halloween Decorations

Today we’re sharing how to create quick and easy DIY Halloween Decorations.  These decoupaged pumpkins are decorations you can easily craft in an afternoon with glue and festive store-bought paper party napkins!

Earlier this year, I promised myself I would make more time for crafternoons no matter what the season.  I used to do them all the time and they were so much fun. 

It’s really easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life though, isn’t it?  I don’t know about you but sometimes it’s hard to find time for hobbies anymore.  

Thankfully, we’re in the midst of helping to create a spooky house for my sister’s two littles. So, it’s been the perfect opportunity to get back to crafting. 

When we started working on these quick and easy DIY Halloween decorations, my sister’s only request was that the ideas be simple to create, budget friendly and the supplies be easily accessible.

These decoupaged dollar store pumpkins certainly check all the boxes on that list and bonus, they were super simple to make too! 

Here’s a look at everything you’ll need to create these quick and easy DIY Halloween decorations too…

DIY Decoupage Halloween Pumpkins Supplies:

  • Foam Pumpkins (we bought these from the Dollar Store)
  • Mod Podge Glue
  • Foam Brush
  • Festive Paper Napkins (we bought these at Joann’s, but you could find something similar at a party supply store)
  • Drop Cloth (to protect your work surface)
  • Sticks for the Pumpkin Stem (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Wax Paper (optional)
  • Moist Towelette (optional)

DIY Decoupage Halloween Pumpkins Steps:

Lay a tarp over your worksurface area, as this project can be messy.  Begin by tearing or cutting your paper napkins into small pieces.  Set aside in a pile.

Remove the foam stem from your pumpkin, set aside, and insert your stick pumpkin stem if desired. 

Brush a bit of Mod Podge glue directly on the pumpkin with a craft or sponge brush.

Then, lay a piece of napkin over the area where you brushed on the Mod Podge. Gently press the napkin into the pumpkin.

Keep repeating this process until the entire pumpkin is covered in pieces of your Halloween napkin and Mod Podge.

Finally, paint the entire pumpkin with another layer of Mod Podge.

Allow your pumpkin to dry completely (at least 30 minutes) on wax paper.  Keep in mind, the Mod Podge will cause the pumpkins to stick to whatever they’re resting on, so you’ll want to make sure you keep rotating them until they’re completely dry.

After the pumpkins have dried, embellish as desired.  We used black ribbon, but you can use whatever colors or embellishments you like best. 

As I shared before these quick and easy DIY Halloween decorations are super simple to make but they’re also messy. So, you might want to have a wet or moist towelette like a Wet Wipe on hand when your crafting. 

My fingers got really sticky because the Mod Podge dried to the touch quicker than I thought it would.

Displaying Decoupaged Halloween Pumpkins:

If you had a chance to check out our DIY Halloween Tree post, you’ve likely seen how versatile these decoupaged Dollar Store pumpkins can be used as easy DIY Halloween decorations. 

I can’t wait to see how the littles use these pumpkins to decorate the house. It was definitely fun to spend a bit of time crafting these quick and easy DIY Halloween decorations for them. 

Not that we need an excuse, but if you find yourself craving a creative outlet, the holidays are definitely a great time to get back to working on projects or hobbies you love.

These decoupaged pumpkins were simple to create, budget friendly and we found most of the supplies at the Dollar Tree and Joann’s which make them easily accessible as well. 

Keep in mind, if you’re not decorating for Halloween this year you can easily use this same technique to create Fall decorations that complement the rest of your home décor. 

My sweet friends, Jenn and Vicki at 2 Bees in a Pod made these fabulous, blue and white chinoiserie pumpkins to go with their lake house decor and they are really pretty!

Also, my super creative friend, Julie from My Wee Abode crafted these diy mod podge coastal style pumpkins and they’re fantastic and festive as well. 

For other ways you can customize easy DIY Halloween decorations, be sure to check out our post How to Personalize Pumpkins with Paint and How to Create a Glow in the Dark Halloween Candy Bucket. They’re both quick and easy decorating ideas too!

Let us know if you decide to make these decoupage pumpkins this Fall! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

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7 Comments

  1. These look like a lot of fun to make and fairly simple too. I’ll have to give these a try. Thanks for the easy idea.

    1. They were super easy to make Bonnie! Keep in mind you can use almost any paper napkin so if you’re not into jack o lanterns you can definitely make something just as festive with another pattern or print! Hugs, CoCo

  2. These are going to be fun to make with the girls Coco. Messy but fun. Thanks for the moist towelette tip.

    1. Yes, Sarah, they are definitely messy but fun! I think the girls would have a great time with these. Let us know if you try them! Hugs, CoCo

  3. Oh my word! Your tissue paper pumpkins are adorable! It makes us want to decorate for Halloween too! The pumpkin faces are just so cute and perfect for kids! Much love!

    1. I really appreciate it ladies, thank you so much! They were super easy to make and added just the right festive touch without a lot of fuss which is totally up our alley 🙂 Big hugs, CoCo

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