DIY Aztec Patterned Pumpkins Using Mod Podge and Fabric

One of my favorite DIY trends in the past couple of years is all of the different ways people are decorating pumpkins without having to cut into them and dig out all that goo. I’ve seen people use thumb tacks, paint, nail polish, and even old tights to decorate them and it’s all so fun! However, sometimes I like to go back to basics with my crafting, so I decided to try decorating mine with the most reliable craft product in my arsenal – Mod Podge, of course! And these DIY patterned pumpkins were born!


After applying some Mod Podge, fabric and a little paint to some pumpkins I came up with a super fun aztec variation that has totally brightened up my house! I love this tutorial because the possibilities for colors and design are endless since any fabric and paint combo can be applied to the pumpkins to make them unique.

Here is how you make them:



Supplies needed to make your own DIY patterned pumpkins: 

Small pumpkin
Mod Podge
Fabric (a light cotton fabric goes on super easy!)



1. Cut fabric into 3-4 inch strips. Working around the pumpkin, apply a thick layer of Mod Podge to the pumpkin.

3322. Immediately after applying the Mod Podge press a strip of fabric into the pumpkin, working from the stem to the base and smoothing out any bubbles as you go. Cut off any excess fabric that may remain on the base to avoid to much bulk at the base.

3. Continue working around the pumpkin and applying Mod Podge until the entire pumpkin is covered and the fabric is smooth. Allow pumpkin to dry for 20 minutes.

3334. Once pumpkin has dried, apply another generous layer of Mod Podge over the entire pumpkin, contining to smooth any bubbly places that might pop up. Let dry completely.


5. Paint the stem of the pumpkin with an accent color using craft paint for a fun bit of added interest!


So fun, right? I love the texture the Mod Podge and fabric give to the pumpkins and especially love the pop of color at the stems. They are the happiest little cuties to see when I walk into my kitchen and they have given me a major itch to cover every gourd in site with the cutest fabrics I can find! So friends, never stick your hand in a goo-filled pumpkin again or risk losing fingers by carving that Jack ‘O Lantern! Hallelujah.


What is your favorite way to decorate pumpkins without carving them? Give me all the ideas! And, be sure to visit us as we blog about style, food, and the things we love over at the Pretty Life Girls! You can also find us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!

ox. Liz

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