Add a touch of elegance to your fall decor with a beautiful DIY pumpkin garland. This craft project is super easy to make for your home.
Whether you are crafty or not, this project is fun and easy for you to create. It uses pumpkins, beads, rice paper and paint. This beautiful versatile garland features decoupage pumpkins of blue and white pumpkins, strung together on twine. You can customize your garland to any color or pattern rice paper.
It is fun and easy to create this lovely DIY pumpkin garland for your fall decorations. This elegant garland is perfect for hanging on your mantel, fireplace, or doorway for fall and Thanksgiving.
Let me teach you how to make this DIY pumpkin garland. Gather your items and enjoy creating, my friend! I have put together for you a step by step tutorial.
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- Chalk Mineral Paint in Yankee Blue
- Blue Glass Ornate – Rice Decoupage Paper
- Satin Clear Coat (optional)
- 10 unfinished wood pumpkins (Dollar Store) or link below
- Modge Podge
- Wooden Beads (your choice of size), I recommend buying a variety pack with different sizes
- Sanding block
- Artist Paint Brush
- Drill (optional if pumpkins have predrilled holes)
DIY Pumpkin garland craft tutorial
1. painting the pumpkin
You will need to apply two coats to give the pumpkins a nice rich color. The first coat will dry very fast as it soaks into the unfinish wood. I painted the second coat within 20 minutes. Dixie Belle Paints has wonderful products for furniture and crafts.
A clear coat in a satin finish can be used to protect your painted pumpkins. This step is completely optional. My plan is to hang the pumpkin garland on my mantel. It will not get a lot of wear and tear in this spot.
To protect it for storage later, you can wrap tissue paper around the pumpkins.
2. modge Podge
First, cut your rice paper in to squares that are large enough to cover the pumpkin shape. Two sheets will cover 10 of the pumpkins.
Add a generous amount of Modge Podge covering the surface of the pumpkin. With your finger smooth out any air bubbles. If any of the edges are lifting, apply more Modge Podge.
Allow the Modge Podge to completely dry.
The next step before adding the top coat of Modge Podge (see second photo above) would be to trim and sand the sides of the pumpkin (See step 3 below).
After you have trimmed the sides, apply the Modge Podge all over the surface of the rice paper (see above photo 2). Allow the pumpkin tops to completely dry.
3. trim & sand
The Blue Glass Ornate – Rice Decoupage Paper will be heavier in weight then using tissue paper. After the pumpkins have completely dried. You can use a pair of scissors to trim around the edges. You can also use a sanding block or sand paper around the edges.
4. string beads and pumpkins
I have a tip for you when working with twine. The ends of twine tend to unravel.
Try using a piece of clear Scotch Tape to the end. You wrap it around the end of the twine and give it a good squeeze to tighten it. Cut off any extra tape. It works like a charm.
To me this is the fun part to add all of beads and pumpkins. I am using the beads raw. You can stain or paint them. I am going for a Scandinavian look with this blue and white garland.
You can use as many or as little beads in between your pumpkins. I like to use various sizes of the beads to add visual interest to the garland.
5. hanging the pumpkin garland
At each end of the garland tie the twine into a loop knot. Trim any extra twine. To hang your garland, add some 3M Command Hooks. These hooks are perfect for a fireplace mantel. It will not mark or damage your paint.
I put a command hook at each end of my mantel and one in the middle. The end loops were placed on the command hook. In the middle the twine from the garland is draped over the hook.
What do you think of this simple DIY pumpkin garland? I like it better than any store bought garland. Why? Because there is something about being creative. This project was super easy for any level of crafter.
How beautiful did this pumpkin garland turn out? With the hole in top of my pumpkins they face to the side. If you want them to face to the front, you can drill a hole on each side of the pumpkin. Sting the twine through the sides and add your beads.
Another fun option is to flip every other pumpkin. Meaning some will have the blue side and others will have the blue and white sides.
Don’t you love easy DIY projects? To me they are the best. Busy people can find time to do a little crafting. Especially projects that take less than 30 minutes from start to finish.
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Happy crafting my sweet friend!