I’m having lots of fun making easy pumpkin DIY projects this fall.
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And this pumpkin DIY craft using maps turned out great! I only wish now that I had used a faux pumpkin instead of a real one so that I could have saved it for next year.
Here’s what you’ll need to complete this super simple seasonal craft 🙂
Here’s a quick video showing how it was made!
Modge Podge map pumpkin DIY steps:
The hardest part of this project, believe it or not, was finding maps! I couldn’t believe it when I went into multiple gas stations, and not a single map was anywhere to be found. It’s crazy for an 80’s baby like me!
BUT if you’re a AAA member, you can head to your nearest AAA store, and they have a whole wall full-o-maps that members can grab for free as part of their membership! #score
If you’ve worked w/ Modge Podge before, then you don’t really need step-by-step instructions for this project. But, if you’re a Modge Podge newbie, have no fear. Modge Podge is basically just white glue that’s been watered down a bit. In fact, if you don’t own Modge Podge, you can use white glue, and just add a bit of water to it. Either way, it dries clear.
Simply cut your map into strips, about 1″ in width, and at least as long as your pumpkin is tall. Then you’ll paint some glue onto the pumpkin in sections, about 2-3″ wide and adhere the map strips, one by one. You want glue both under and over top of the map strips. Use your fingertips to smooth out bubbles and wrinkles in the paper as you go. Do not be afraid to be heavy-handed with the glue. This is a messy craft (which means, if you have kids, they will LOVE doing this with you this fall)!
Once your pumpkin is completely covered with the map strips, give it a final once over with a layer of Modge Podge. Allow the pumpkin to dry thoroughly. It took mine about 2 hours to not feel tacky anymore. And that’s it!!