Halloween DIY: How to Make Tissue Paper Mini Pumpkins

I am sure you’ve already seen your fill of Halloween DIYs these last couple of weeks around the web. But I couldn’t resist getting in on the fun.

I found a few fake, mini pumpkins last week and decided to use a material that I’ve never used on pumpkins before: tissue paper! With all the painted pumpkins I’ve been seeing lately, I thought I would give paint a break. So there’s no paint involved in this pretty in pink (and mint green) pumpkin project, except for the gold leaf pen, but that doesn’t count. Does it?

Here’s how to make your own…


  1. Small decorative pumpkins (mine are fake- similar here)
  2. Tissue paper (light pink and mint green)
  3. Mod Podge (matte)
  4. Paint brush
  5. Gold leaf paint pen

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Gather your supplies and begin tearing your tissue paper into small(ish) rectangular shapes. I made my tissue paper pieces about 1/5 of the size of my pumpkins.
  2. Carefully remove the stems from your pumpkins and set them aside. Mine just popped right out because my pumpkins are made of styrofoam and plastic. You’ll reattach the stems once everything is done.
  3. Start covering small sections (about 1/4 to 1/2 of your pumpkin at a time if you are working with a small sized pumpkin) with thin layers of Mod Podge. Place a piece of your tissue paper onto of the glue section and then coat with glue on top of that layer of tissue paper as well.
  4. Repeat step 3 until your pumpkin is completely covered.
  5. Wait until your pumpkin is dry from the first layer of tissue paper and glue and then add at least one more layer of tissue paper (same as what you did for step 3) around the entire pumpkin again.
  6. Wait for it to completely dry and then determine whether or not you need additional layers of tissue paper. This really just depends on your preference. Once you are finished, reattach the stems of each pumpkin and add a little glue if necessary to keep it secure.
  7. Now, grab your gold leaf pen and go to town with what designs you can dream up – polka dots, triangles, chevron, words, whatever. All done!

What do you think? Would you make these little guys for Halloween at your house?

P.S. Here are some other Halloween pumpkins I decorated a few years ago (with tutorial).

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