Looking for an easy fall project with a fresh take on fall? Here’s a simple and easy project. Make this DIY floral pumpkin in an afternoon.
If Downton Abbey had pumpkins they would look like these.
Lady Mary would have one on her breakfast tray that Anna brought to her room with her pearls. Mr. Carson would arrange them in the front hall for guests and tuck a few in the library for after-dinner drinks. Cora would stack them next to her tiara and Edith would complain that Mary’s pumpkins were prettier than hers and the Dowager Countess would comment on what in the world were pumpkins coming to.
I don’t live at Downton, but I feel like I should.
I feel like I need a butler and Daisy to make me bread and Anna to get my clothes ready and Lady Rose to come over for tea.
The front room is blue and white and I couldn’t figure out fall and then?
I dreamed about these pumpkins and made them in a hot minute yesterday.
They are simplest and easiest fall project.
Here are a few close-ups of the pumpkins.
I made three pumpkins.
One large, one medium and one small.
(total aside: I think I’m making more—but with blue and white paper this time.)
Here’s the close-up of the smaller one.
You can make them any size and any color to match your decor.
This pattern might look pretty on a black pumpkin, too.
simple and easy diy floral pumpkin
1. choose your pumpkins
I selected three pumpkins of different sizes.
Do NOT choose cute pumpkins because you are going to be covering them up.
These are just styrofoam or plastic pumpkins.
2. choose your paper
I got this paper from Hobby Lobby.
They are having a sale right now for 4 pieces for $1.00.
The background of the paper doesn’t matter because you are going to cut out the flowers.
I used three pieces for this project and wrapped one of the twin’s gifts with the other.
3. cut out your flowers
Go all paper doll on your flowers and leaves and cut them out.
Do NOT overthink this.
See how I still have a little bit of black on some of them?
Do NOT worry. You won’t even notice on the pumpkin.
4. Choose your Mod Podge
Mod Podge comes in different finishes.
I don’t really like the glossy finish because it shows all the imperfections and looks a little more inexpensive.
I like satin. It just fades away and you don’t even know it’s there.
Kind of like Tom sometimes on Downton.
5. apply Mod Podge
Start the project by glumping on the Mod Podge.
Don’t be shy.
Apply a heavy coat of Mod Podge.
6. Apply your flowers
Start with the first flower.
Lay it on the pumpkin and then add more Mod Podge to it.
It’s a little challenging. The paper is kind of stiff and you have to soak it a little bit with Mod Podge to make it fit to the pumpkin.
After you get the first flower finished, add the rest until you have the design you like.
You could add more flowers if you want, I just like the flowers at the top.
Also, make sure to cut out leaves and use them as filler.
7. Let your pumpkin dry
Check the Mod Podge every so often as it is drying to make sure you have all the flowers stuck properly.
Then let the pumpkin dry completely and you are ready to decorate.
If you like a little Downton Abbey with your pumpkins?
The movie RELEASES THIS WEEKEND.
I know, right?
I remember when I first heard about it and September seemed like a million light-years away.
And now IT’S HERE.
Hello Lady Mary and Edith and Cora and Tom and Daisy and Mr. Carson.
I can’t wait to see you this weekend.
Be sure and save me a seat. 🙂