Vintage Inspired Diorama Pumpkin
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Vintage Inspired Diorama Pumpkin

This Halloween, set the scene with a cute pumpkin diorama that will thrill the trick-or-treaters. Use a fake pumpkin, so you can display this diorama year after year!

This project looks complicated, but it only takes 1-1/2 hours or less to complete.

Designed by Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza.

Craft Time: varies
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Mod Podge® Gloss
  • FolkArt® Acrylic Paint – Pure Black
  • Mod Podge® Finger Caps
  • FolkArt® Chunky Glitter – Gold
  • FolkArt® Extreme Glitter – Black
  • Foam Pumpkin
  • Knife
  • Halloween Papers
  • Foam Paintbrush
  • Ribbons and Trims
  • Hot Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Star Packing Garland
  • Detail Paintbrush
  • 12 Mini Pumpkins
  • Tinsel

Project Instructions

Step 1 Carve a hole in the front of the pumpkin.

Step 2 Tear the Halloween papers into small pieces. Coat the back of the paper with Mod Podge®, position the paper on the pumpkin, smooth with your fingers and top-coat the paper with more Mod Podge®. Continue this until the pumpkin is totally covered. Overlap the papers as you apply more. Allow to dry.

Step 3 Paint the inside and stem of the pumpkin with Pure Black. Allow to dry.

Step 4 Hot glue ribbons and trims around the opening of the pumpkin. Hot glue star garland to the inside of the pumpkin.

Step 5 Paint the facial features of the pumpkins with Extreme Glitter Black and Chunky Glitter Gold. Allow to dry. Hot glue the miniature pumpkins in random crooked stacks. Hot glue tinsel in between the pumpkins to add pop.


Carving foam pumpkins is easy! All you need is a kitchen knife.