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The Picture Perfect Pumpkin
By Vanessa Coppola

I have nothing against carving a few triangles into a pumpkin but who said that’s a Halloween requirement? Get crafty this year and try decoupaging your pumpkin. You can use a real pumpkin, or my pick is a craft pumpkin so it can be on display for years to come. Grab a pumpkin spice latte (optional), some decoupage glue (not optional), and follow these simple steps for the picture perfect pumpkin.

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Real or craft pumpkin
Mod Podge or other decoupage adhesive
Flat paint brush
4 sheets of 12×12 scrapbook paper
Paper cutter or scissors
Personal pictures
Glitter glue


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Step 1: Use a paper cutter or scissors to cut scrapbook paper in small 3×3 squares.
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Step 2: Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the backside of a paper square and place on the pumpkin. Use your fingers to smooth the paper, allowing the paper to take the form of the pumpkin.
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Step 3: Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the paper square. Take care to smooth out any air bubbles that may have formed.
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Step 4: Repeat Step 2 and 3, overlapping your paper squares, until your pumpkin is completely covered. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire pumpkin to seal. Feel free to stop here — allow the pumpkin to dry, add a ribbon to the stem, and display. For an even more picture perfect pumpkin, move on to Step 5.
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Step 5: Print out your favorite pictures or images.
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Step 6: Decoupage your pictures to the pumpkin using Steps 2 and 3.
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Step 7: For a little extra sparkle, outline your pictures in glitter glue. Allow to dry.
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Step 8: Add ribbon to the stem and admire your picture perfect pumpkin!
About the Author:
Vanessacoppola Abouttheauthor
Vanessa Coppola is a craft journalist who resides in Arizona with her husband and two furbabies. She is a self proclaimed girly girl with a love for nature and all things birdie. She shares her fabulous finds and tutorials on her blog,

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