DIY Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

The leaves are changing, falling, and filling the streets, while cool breezes sweep through the air.  You smell apple cider, cinnamon, pumpkin and vanilla; the favorite scents of the season. Yep, it’s official; fall is here!  Of course, a great way to get into the mood of the cozy season is by decorating.  We’ve found some cute and clever ways to spruce up and decorate the ultimate fall prop…pumpkins!

Full Coverage Glitter Pumpkins


  • Fake or Real Pumpkins (I prefer mini pumpkins)
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Craft Brush
  • Plastic, paper, or container to collect all the extra glitter

If you’re a glitter fanatic like myself, this is a quick and easy way to add some sparkle to your fall decor.  

Step 1: Use craft brush to apply a thick coat of Mod Podge to pumpkin.

Step 2.  Hold or place the pumpkin over the area you’ll be collecting the excess glitter and distribute an even layer of glitter across the entire pumpkin.  I learned that if you blend two colors of glitter together, you can come up with some unique and beautiful shades of sparkle.  

Step 3: Let that coat of glitter and glue dry for about 5 minutes and apply spray adhesive to the surface of the pumpkin and repeat Step 2.

Step 4: Repeat until all areas of the pumpkin are coated evenly.  

*The same process can be used to make glitter stem pumpkins.  However, rather than using the spray adhesive to add layers, use the craft brush and apply Mod Podge to areas that need more glitter.

Lace Pumpkins


  • Pumpkins
  • Lace tights with various patterns
  • Rubber band
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun/sticks

Here is a seductive way to spice up your Halloween decor.  Wrapping up your pumpkins in these black tights are sure to be a little treat this season.  AMIClubwear has a large selection of prints and patterns to choose from!

Step 1: Place pumpkin in leg of tights to ensure they will fit properly without distorting the pattern on them. Slide pumpkin all the way to the foot.

Step 2: Cut tights about 1 inch above the top of the stem.

Step 3: Rubber band tights around the base of the stem and fold over excess fabric to cover the rubber band.  Dependent on the type of fabric, you may need to hot glue the excess down.

Step 4: Repeat to use up the entire pair of tights.

Jeweled and Studded Pumpkin


  • Pumpkins
  • Craft paints
  • Gem, rhinestone, stud stickers
  • Paint brush

This is another extremely easy way to make cute, edgy pumpkins this season.  Experiment with different types of paints (acrylic, chalkboard, satin) to see the different finishes you can work with.  Michaels has a great stock of gem, rhinestone, and stud stickers that you can easily peel and apply to your pumpkin.

Step 1: Coat pumpkin with a few coats of the color of your choice.  Make sure the pumpkin is covered evenly.  

Step 2: Place your stickers on the pumpkin in interesting patterns for an endless amount of variations.  

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