Pumpkin decorating great for little ones. No knives required!

Tissue Paper Pumpkins

What you’ll need:

  • Pumpkins (duh)
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Decoupage glue
  • 1-inch wide foam brush
  • Scissors or a decorative paper punch
  • Stencils (if you want to trace a particular design)


  1. Fold the tissue paper several times to make multiple shapes at once. Use scissors to cut freehand shapes (like leaves or circles) or use a craft punch (you can buy these at a craft store and will have seasonal designs like cats or spiders). For a nice, clean cut, stack no more than 4 layers and press the punch slowly.
  2. Clean pumpkin surface of any dirt or dust. Lightly spray the pumpkin with water and apply the cut tissue paper shapes. Adjust as needed until shapes are where you want them.
  3. Thin out the glue: In a plastic bowl, mix 4 parts glue to 1 part water. Use a foam brush to apply glue over cut-outs. (If paper sticks to brush, simply moisten the pattern with water spray.) When final design is complete, apply an undiluted layer of glue over entire pumpkin.

(I grabbed the idea above from my Better Homes & Gardens magazine, tear-out from magazine article below.)


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