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DIY: Gold Leaf Pumpkin

Materials needed:

  • Pumpkin
  • White Spray Paint
  • Metallic Gold Tissue Paper
  • Assortment of Leaves
  • Tracing Paper, Pencil, Scissors
  • Mod Podge

1. First, tape your pumpkin’s stem (only if you don’t want to paint the stem; if you do, go wild and forget the tape!).  Apply 2-3 coats of spray paint to your pumpkin, allowing dry time in between coats.  Remove the tape on the stem and let your shiny white pumpkin dry overnight.

2. Trace leaves with tracing paper and cut out the stencils. Use the stencils to trace the leaf patterns onto your gold metallic tissue paper. To save time, layer a few pieces of tissue paper and cut along the leaf pattern, creating multiple patterns of the leaf at a time.

3. Using mod podge (or any preferred decopauge paste) apply the glue lightly to one side of your leaves and apply directly to the surface of your pumpkin.  As you’ll see from my pumpkin, I preferred to layer the leaves using the front and back of the metallic tissue paper. To achieve the gold leaf look, I like to apply them a bit unevenly, so that they don’t look too smooth.

Once your leaves are dry, you’re all set.  If you prefer, give the pumpkin’s stem a trim for a cleaner look. And that’s it!  Happy crafting!