DIY Mod Podge Botanical Pumpkins

I am a nature girl. I grew up in the middle of nowhere, and loved it. We had no cable, pizza delivery, or even stores. We had to “go to town” for everything. I grew up loving  fall in the country, beautiful colors and crisp air. So when I saw some pretty incredible DIY botanical pumpkins in Country Living Magazine, I knew I had to create my own version…

DIY Mod Podge Botanical Pumpkins

Now, the ones that inspired me were real and the foliage was dried. But, it is still 90 degrees here and there are no pumpkins to be found yet. Plus, I am a little impatient and was not going to wait for the leaves to change and then dry them. So, here is my “faux” 2 step version…

DIY Mod Podge Botanical Pumpkins

supplies needed:

1. Faux White Pumpkins { I used a small and medium one found at Michaels }

2. Foliage stickers. I chose leaves and ferns by Martha Stewart

3. Outdoor Mod Podge

4. Small foam paint brush


Step 1: Make sure your pumpkins are clean and dry. Place stickers on the pumpkins in the designs you like. Make sure to press the stickers down well.


Step 2: Once you have the stickers where you would like them to be, use the sponge paint brush to apply a coat of Outdoor Mod Podge over the stickers. Although they are stickers, I wanted an extra bit of adhesion and wanted to be able to place these on my covered porch, so the Outdoor Mod Podge was perfect to coat them with. 


I love how realistic these stickers were. The texture they added to the pumpkins is beautiful. These are a great fall decor item that I can place out now, and use throughout the season until I decorate for Christmas. I am a sucker for green too, and the colors of the green stickers are fabulous!


The little pumpkin looks so sweet dressed up in these fall leaves. The colors are just perfect, and bring just a bit of orange into my dining room. They even have a raised texture. I was so pleased with how these turned out.


I love using items that represent colors you can find in nature, and these really turned out wonderful and were so simple and quick!

Need some more nature inspired fall decor?

Check out our Pine Cone Flower  Mason Jars



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  1. Simply perfect and elegant! Pinned!

  2. They may be faux, but they are just as lovely as the Country Living version!!

  3. This project is gorgeous! I hadn’t considered using the large collection of stickers that I have, and who knew there is outdoor mod podge, where have I been? I have 2 “faux” pumpkins, hmmm, what should I try???
    I linked over from the Inspiration Board Creative Party Hugs, Antonella :-)

  4. BONNIE!!! Your pumpkins are so cute. I saw those the other day, and was thinking of trying them too. I just loved them. You know what a wacky decorator I am. I like too many styles. I did not know Martha made the appliques!? I was wondering how I would get my fern fronds to curve???? LOL! I might not attempt now, these are pretty fabulous!!!! Hugs friend :)

  5. Oh my….those pumpkins looks gorgeous ! What a great idea to decorate with pumpkins !


  6. WOW, these are beautiful. I’ve never seen pumpkins decorated like this before!

  7. I love this project idea! I was sure that you’d used real foliage!

  8. I love that you couldn’t wait for the real ones….now you have pumpkins you can re-use next year…they are adorable!

  9. Simple and elegant!! I am loving these!! Thanks for the tutorial! I can’t wait to make them!!

  10. Saw your post on Hometalk. New subscriber to your blog.

    Now I can’t wait to get to Michael’s! :O)

  11. Those are SO pretty … I love the natural inspiration!

  12. These are absolutely gorgeous! I would not want to put them away after the autumn season. LOVE LOVE LOVE pinning and sharing ~ yowza!

  13. I just couldn’t love a project more! I’ve scheduled tweets and FB and pinned on the BHG Finding Fall board so everyone can do one of these! xoxoxo

  14. These are gorgeous!!


  15. So pretty – what a unique take on pumpkin decorating! Love it – pinning!

  16. What a gorgeous, yet simple, idea! Love it!

  17. My gosh… even I can do this! I am not crafty at all, but I know where I’m going with my Michael’s discount coupon this weekend! What a great idea, thank you!

  18. Your pumpkins are gorgeous! I love the idea of using the stickers. They look so real!

  19. OMG…totally love them! Thanks for linking them up to the PYP Party…just shared on fb and pinning! Love y’all!

  20. So simple and so elegant. I love the leaves. YOur pumpkins look amazing. Hugs, Marty

  21. Heather @ Beyond the Aisle says:

    Wow! I’m so glad I visited this post – I would have never guessed that those are stickers and not actual pressed leaves. So pretty!

  22. Love this idea! Your pumpkins look so lovely. It’s such a unique way to decorate pumpkins. Thanks for sharing!

  23. These are Adorable!!

  24. This Tutorial is very nice and simple!

  25. Oh my gosh, these pumpkins are so cute!

    I made my own Mod Podge Fall pumpkins, but I never thought of using foliage stickers. I really like how light and airy your pumpkins feel.

    My husband’s always telling me that “less is more” and your Mod Podge pumpkins prove it!

    Thank you for sharing,


  26. Hi ladies! I included your lovely idea in my latest article for Parade Magazine! Such a unique idea.


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