Mod Podge Damask Pumpkin {DIY Tutorial}

Yes, yes. I’m obsessed with pumpkins.

Aren’t we all this time of year? It can’t just be me.


For this pumpkin, I didn’t pull from my usual bag o’ tricks (paint, glitter and ribbon), instead I tried something I’d never, ever tried before.

Mod Podge.

You see, it sort of scared me off a bit. Decoupage is such a fancy word, and I am just a simple girl from Texas y’all.

I read some tutorials to get the basic gist of it, and I am proud of my damask pumpkin. The whole project took maybe an hour? Probably less, but the Oprah episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians was on while I was working on it, and I got distracted by the Oprah.

If you’re afraid of Mod Podge, too, or don’t know where to start, you need one of these kits. I feel they are perfect for someone like me who had never used the stuff before and didn’t know which types I’d need.


Supplies Needed:

-Gloss/Matte Mod Podge (doesn’t really matter which one)

Sparkle Mod Podge

-Sponge/Foam Brush

-Paper (I used 1 damask gift bag I had on hand)

-1 Foam Pumpkin (Mine is from Dollar Tree)

-Flat, White Spray Paint.

To get started, cut your paper into 1-inch strips and make sure the strips are long enough to cover your pumpkin. Originally I started off with 2-inch strips and it was a pain in the arse! Smaller is better. Also, make sure you prime your pumpkin with some flat paint. The Mod Podge sticks better to it.

Apply a generous amount of gloss/matte Mod Podge to your pumpkin AND to the back of the paper. Smooth it onto the pumpkin. Now, with oddly shaped things like pumpkins + thicker paper, it’s nearly impossible to not have creases here and there. I tried to smoosh (that is TOTALLY a technical term) the creases down to the bottom, but it’s not always possible.

Now, below you can see a gap. I found it was best to go straight down (not necessarily right next to one another) and then cut smaller pieces of paper in to fill in those gaps.


Go all the way around until you see no more primer/orange… then seal with sparkle Mod Podge. The sparkle is subtle. You can see little flecks of glitter below.


And even more here. You can also see that I didn’t obsess over lining up the pattern or get out all the creases. That’s the blessing of damask- it’s so busy that it all just kinda works together anyway.


I painted the stem a pretty silver color, and I was done!


This damask pumpkin will fit in with all my mercury glass pumpkins, as well as the new black rhinestone one I bought at Kirkland’s.


I really do love the way it turned out, although it’s so far from perfect. I think I am a Mod Podge addict now. Besides it being damask, my favorite thing is that this pumpkin would look good as fall décor or Halloween décor.


What else can I make with Mod Podge? Now that I have a small stash, I am eager to make more things. MOD PODGE ALL THE THINGS!

Any other Mod Podge tips for me? This website has oodles of Mod Podge ideas and Amy is super fab.

Disclaimer: I begged for some Mod Podge to try out, and Plaid sent me some! I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All other supplies and ideas are all mine. 🙂



  1. Tonia L
    September 6, 2012 / 3:01 pm

    Beautiful! That is going to be hard to put away when Halloween is over!

  2. Patty
    September 6, 2012 / 7:42 pm

    How fancy! I love it 🙂 You are SO creative!

  3. Jill J.
    September 6, 2012 / 7:55 pm

    Love this it's very creative.

  4. Angie Granata
    September 6, 2012 / 8:09 pm

    I so love this. Might just try this. Thanks for sharing. I love your creativity

  5. arg
    September 7, 2012 / 2:20 pm

    Welcome to the amazing world of ModPodge! You'll be amazed now by the million things you can do with it! Love the pumpkin – I'm inspired to get my Halloween projects crankin'!

  6. Liz Hicks
    September 7, 2012 / 2:28 pm


  7. MaiharDesign
    September 7, 2012 / 5:29 pm

    Love all the pumpkin ideas – thanks for sharing. Halloween is my husband's favorite time of the year, so I need to step up and get decorating early!

  8. Gabrielle Gorog
    September 8, 2012 / 6:44 am

    Those are so cute. I love how you don't have to.put it on perfectly, but it turns out amazing 🙂 . My kind of project. Yayyyy!!!!

  9. Kassi Mortensen
    September 10, 2012 / 3:24 pm

    Both pumpkins are adorable! Monica, I love how even your holiday decorations scream Monica's style! 🙂

  10. Hell Notes for Beauty™
    September 15, 2012 / 7:49 pm

    Really cute, modge podge is the best!

  11. Theresa
    September 24, 2012 / 5:33 pm

    Sophisticated & Sassy in the black love them!Visiting from drop by & link up anytime!