Fall Decor, Craft Paper Decoupage Glass Pumpkin Tutorial

September 30, 2013Allison Murray
Fall Decor, Craft Paper Decoupage Glass Pumpkin Tutorial

Today I’ve got such an easy, but unique looking glass pumpkin tutorial!

Fall Decor, Craft Paper Decoupage Glass Pumpkin Tutorial

I’m sure you’ve seen those cheapie glass pumpkins at Wal-Mart. They have them every year and it seems like they’ve been just under 6 bucks for the last decade. To be honest, every time I see them I wonder – why do they need to keep selling these year after year? Surely everybody that wants one has it by now.

And then I felt like a right jerk when I bought one. This glass pumpkin had about a million different designs and plans that were going to happen but nothing ever really stood out as a “good idea” until I saw some lovely burlap pumpkins from one very talented Miss Lauren at The Thinking Closet. I loved the natural color and I decided that instead of gilding my pumpkin gold or painting the glass a transparent topaz I wanted something more “natural”.

In the end, I’m really, really happy with the results. The pumpkin is fairly subdued and yet when you really look at it, there’s so much interesting going on with the “pattern” that occurs naturally. But let’s quit talking about it  and start making it.

For this glass pumpkin tutorial you will need:


Here is my plain pumpkin jar. Again, I got mine at Wal-Mart for about $6.


Take your craft paper and start tearing off oddly shaped pieces. Go ahead and tear up a whole little pile’s worth.


Spread some decoupage on the inside of the jar and place your paper down. Brush more decoupage on top to help it adhere to the glass.

Overlap your pieces as you work for interesting texture.

Cover both the jar and its lid.


When you get to the edges, overlap with the paper as will naturally occur.

Set aside the pumpkin and lid after fully covered to dry. I set mine in front of a sunshine-y window and then allowed to sit overnight.


If you see any white under the glass, let it dry a bit longer.


Take your razor blade and carefully trim the excess paper. The decoupage will make it a bit more stiff than normal paper, making it a bit easier to trim up.

Fall Decor, Craft Paper Decoupage Glass Pumpkin Tutorial

There it is! It’s a bit difficult to see the texture for the glare, but in real life, I think that the jar looks amazing!


I set it up with a jar full of maroon leaves and Gina, my greyhound statue salvaged from a thrift store.

I don’t know if I’ll actually put anything inside of it because it’s sitting high on the mantle, but I love the idea of some Werther’s originals up in there.

I’m glad to have begun my fall decor. Are you in the spirit, yet?


Comments (13)

  • Ann Martin

    September 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    It looks very pretty! I thought perhaps you’d used crackle paint to get that nice effect, but the kraft paper idea is even better.

    1. Allison

      September 30, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Thanks so much, Ann!

  • Jennifer

    October 4, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Nice. It actually looks like you have a little gold on the paper. The tones are pretty.

    1. Allison

      October 5, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Thanks so much. The metallic tone was a surprise (and happy accident!) and I think came from using the glossy decoupage!

  • Cecelia

    October 16, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    got some of the decoupage on the outside of the glass…..warm water, goo be gone does not get it of, any suggetstions?

    1. Allison

      October 16, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Try to carefully scrape it away with a razor blade. Let me know how it goes!

    2. Allison

      October 17, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      Use a razor blade and very carefully scrape the decoupage off of the glass. You can do this with just about any glass (it’s how I clean my windows and mirrors a lot of the time to avoid having chemicals used willy nilly :)

  • Freida

    October 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I love it! I’m going to do this . I’ve had one of those pumpkins for years. Did you wrinkle your craft paper before tearing it?

    1. Allison

      October 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      I’m so glad that your pumpkin is going to get new life. I started crinkling the paper but as I added the decoupage it sort of smoothed it out so I wound up not toward the end. You might see if you get different results, especially if you use a different brand of decoupodge, like Mod Podge.

  • Stephanie

    October 22, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    I dig it! Looks super cool and would be fantastic in my dining room.

    1. Allison

      October 22, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      I’m so glad you like it!

  • Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

    October 22, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I saw your pumpkin on the Pincentive party and thought it looked really pretty. I was so surprised to see how you made it. Very nice.

    1. Allison

      October 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Thanks so much. I’m glad you like it!

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