How to Make a No-Carve Fabric Pumpkin

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  • 01 of 05

    Getting Started

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    The Spruce / Caylin Harris

    Love Halloween but hate putting all that energy into decorating pumpkins that will inevitably go bad? Why not work on decorating a pumpkin with an easy, no-carve idea. Not only does it last longer than a carved pumpkin, but you can also use this technique on a fake pumpkin, too, and with great results! Whatever you decide on for the fall season, this idea is so simple you’ll want to make an even dozen instead of just one.

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  • 02 of 05

    Gather Your Supplies

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    The beauty of this project is that you’ll likely have these craft supplies on hand if you're an avid DIYer. Consider using a fake pumpkin instead of a real one; you'll get to use this decoration year after year and without worrying about rotting! Here’s what you’ll need to replicate the look at home:

    • Real or fake pumpkin
    • Mod podge
    • Foam brush
    • Fabric scraps
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  • 03 of 05

    Cut Your Fabric in Strips

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    Before you even take out your Mod Podge, you'll want to cut your scrap fabric into strips. You can decide how fast or slow this part of the project goes. If you want the process to go faster, cut fatter strips. If you want a more custom look with frayed edges, cut thinner strips and coat the pumpkin with those.

    You don't have to stress too much about how perfect or straight the fabric strips are either. Even if they're jagged and uneven, when you get to the later steps in this project, you won't even be able to tell.

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  • 04 of 05

    Mod Podge the Pumpkin

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    Start out by Mod Podging the surface of the pumpkin. A total throwback craft supply, Mod Podge is a glue, sealant, and finish all in one and it basically works miracles on whatever you decide to use it for.

    Spread the Mod Podge liberally on the pumpkin in sections. Don't cover the entire pumpkin; work in sections. Top with fabric as you go. Once the entire pumpkin is completely covered in fabric, go over the entire pumpkin with your fingers to smooth out the fabric. This really helps the fabric to meld to the surface of the pumpkin. Let this first layer dry a little bit—give it about thirty minutes before you continue on to the next step.

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  • 05 of 05

    Seal the Fabric

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    Now that your fabric strips are mostly dry, you'll want to cover the pumpkin in a final layer of Mod Podge to act as a sealant. It will keep the fabric strips in place and will dry in a nice, stiff even layer. Check to make sure there are no tiny gaps in your coverage. Don't worry about really saturating the outer layer in Mod Podge. It will dry completely clear, so more is really more with this adhesive.

    Do a whole set of pumpkins or make one per year to add to your collection! This project is so easy and always looks so beautiful when it's complete. You can even cover gourds if you're light on pumpkins. You'll love using this method for fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving!