Unique French Burlap Decoupage Pumpkins

This time of year I can't walk through a dollar store without picking up a few plastic pumpkins because they have so much crafting potential. When I bought these I had no clue what I was going to do with them until rummaging through my craft bin. A theme seemed to unfold and the result is these French script burlap decoupage pumpkins with rusty faux iron leaves and wine cork stems.

French Script Burlap Dollar Store Pumpkins

French Burlap Dollar Store Pumpkins


I had completely forgotten I had the French script burlap ribbon in my stash. I also forgot I had a bag of wine corks in there too but when I saw they were stamped with a French fleur de lis, my plan for unique French Farmhouse pumpkins unfolded.

My inspiration came from Bev Across The Boulevard frayed ribbon pumpkins. When inspired by another's work, I like to put my own spin on it. So for my dollar store pumpkins, I used a burlap ribbon to decoupage the pumpkins and DIY faux iron fabric leaves. 

It was my first time using an iron patina kit and oh my, now I want to rust all.the.things.

Decoupage Dollar Store Pumpkins

When picking the foam pumpkins I chose three different sizes to make the vignette visually interesting, especially considering they are finished the same way.

French Burlap Burlap Dollar Store Pumpkins

I also purchased a Fall leaf garland from the dollar store and used some of the stems for the pumpkins. I love how the large fabric leaves look like real rusty metal (more about that later).

Mod Podge Fabric Dollar Store Pumpkins

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What You'll Need To Make French Burlap Decoupage Pumpkins

These are the supplies I used to make the decoupage dollar store pumpkins for everything from the plastic pumpkins, the DIY faux iron leaves, to the wine corks stems.

Burlap Decoupage Plastic Pumpkins

Supply List

Faux Pumpkins (alternatives)
French Script Burlap Ribbon (alternative)
Fabric Scissors
Sewing Stick Pins
Mod Podge
Chip Brush
Wine Corks For Crafts
Large Fall Leaf Garland
Modern Masters Rust Patina Kit
Jute Twine
Hot Glue Gun

I love the farmhouse style of my pumpkins but they would work with French Country, Rustic, Industrial, or Traditional fall decorating vignettes. They would also look great paired with dollar store painted pumpkins and/or DIY sweater pumpkins.

French Script Burlap Dollar Store Pumpkins

How To Make French Burlap Pumpkins

Let's get into the nitty-gritty of how to make these French Farmhouse burlap pumpkins, starting with how to decoupage dollar store pumpkins with burlap ribbon.

Mod Podge Fabric Dollar Store Pumpkins

Remove the stems from the plastic pumpkins but keep them for a future craft. Next, paint the pumpkins black with two coats of acrylic craft paint so the bright orange doesn't show through the burlap. Let the paint completely dry before moving onto the next step.

Dollar Store DIY Pumpkins

  1. Cut strips of the burlap ribbon to fit each pumpkin vertically from top to bottom. 
  2. Cut an inverted V or point on the top of the ribbon strips.
  3. Working in sections, brush matte Mod Podge onto the back of the burlap ribbon and the pumpkin. 
  4. Set the ribbon in place and rub your hand over the burlap so it nestles into the pumpkin spines.
  5. Hold the ribbon in place with stick pins. Instead of ruining my good sewing pins, I keep a package on hand specifically for crafting.
  6. Overlap the strips of ribbon ever so slightly and tuck the pointed end into the stem hole.
  7. Before the Mod Podge completely dries but has a good bond to the pumpkin, remove the stick pins.

DIY French Burlap Pumpkins

How To Turn Dollar Store Fall Leaves Into Faux Rusted Iron 

Now for the fun part, how to make those dollar store Fall leaves look like real rusty metal. It's super easy to do and so fun to watch the magic happen.

Step 1

  1. First, you'll want to cover your work surface to protect it from overspray.
  2. Brush a coat of the primer that comes in the Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit onto the front and back of each leaf.
  3. Let it dry 30 minutes.
  4. Brush another coat of primer and let it dry two hours before moving onto the next step.

DIY Pumpkins With Rusty Iron Leaves

Step 2

  1. Brush one coat of Iron paint on both sides of leaves.
  2. Allow the paint to dry for 30 minutes. 
  3. Brush another coat of iron paint onto the leaves.
  4. Allow the second coat of iron paint to dry for one hour before moving onto the final step.

Plastic Pumpkin Craft With Faux Iron Leaves

Step 3

This final step is where the magic happens before your very eyes!

  1. Spray a light coat of rust activator over the entire surface of the leaves. 
  2. Wait five minutes and spray a second light coat then watch the magic happen.
  3.  Let the leaves dry completely before moving onto the next step.

Mod Podge Pumpkins With Faux Metal Leaves

How To Make Twine Pumpkin Tendrils

Now we're going to make pumpkin tendrils with natural jute twine.

  1. Cut a piece of natural twine a minimum of 12-14 inches long. The longer the twine, the longer the tendrils, it's your choice.
  2. Tie the twine to the center of the faux iron leaf stems leaving two long strands hanging on each side. 
  3. Rub Mod Podge with your fingers over the twine and wrap it around a pencil or wooden dowel.
  4. Hold the tendrils in place with clips, I used hair clips that I had on hand.
  5. Let the tendrils dry about 30 minutes until they start to stiffen.
  6. Once the tendrils are dry enough that they hold their shape, remove them from the pencil. 
  7. Push the center of the leaf stem into the hole at the top of the pumpkins and secure with a hot glue gun. 

DIY Fabric Pumpkin Craft

Wine Cork Pumpkin Stems

For the last French touch to these decoupaged dollar store pumpkins is the fun wine cork stems.

  1. With a hot glue gun secure the wine corks over the center of the leaf stems. 
  2. Loosen the curls on the tendrils and we're done!

So what do you think? If you have any questions about this decoupage burlap pumpkin craft, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

French Burlap Decoupage Pumpkins

If you enjoyed these DIY French Country burlap pumpkins, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your DIY Pumpkins or DIY Fall Decor board on Pinterest.

Here's another plastic pumpkin idea that you might like using larger foam pumpkins to make an Outdoor Pumpkin Topiary embellished with copper.


French Farmhouse Dollar Store Pumpkins

Decoupage Burlap Plastic Pumpkins

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Comments

  1. Aaaaai my friend, they're beautiful. Love everything about your burlap pumpkins and those rusty leaves OMW!!! YES!!! So sad that we don't get Modern Masters here in South Africa. I've looked everywhere. They don't even ship it from Amazon. Maybe it's a good thing, coz I would rust everything I see :D

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    1. Hey Michelle, thank you very much, I'm glad you like them. I'm a little nervous because they were clearing these kits out at our Home Depot store and I hope it's not because they're being discontinued. I have plans for the rest of the iron kit soon.

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  2. These are just brimming with character Marie. I especially love how you added more depth to the leaves.

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    1. Thank you Mary, I had so much fun making these, especially playing with the iron kit. I bought more pumpkins because I think these guys need some friends. LOL

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  3. Marie! these are super cute. You know I love pumpkins. woot!

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    1. Thank you so much, appreciate it. I don't know you love pumpkins because I don't know who left this sweet comment as you've identified as "unknown". Would love to know who you are though. 😊

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  4. These came out great and are so unique! Love the leaf design especially!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Patti! I had so much fun with the leaf design that I'm working on another project using the rust patina kit. LOL

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  5. I love these Marie! The burlap is beautiful. I am so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. I will keep you and your husband in my prayers :-)

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    1. Thank you so much, Christina for your sweet comment and prayers, they are much appreciated 🤗

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  6. These look great, Marie! I'm thrilled that my frayed ribbon pumpkins inspired you!

    I read your weekly newsletter and I want to offer my condolences to you and your family.

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    1. Thank You for inspiring me with your pretty frayed ribbon pumpkins. I would have completely forgotten about the French script ribbon and wine corks in my stash had it not been from seeing yours. Thank you for your condolences, it means a lot. xo

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  7. Hi Marie!
    These are too cute! And those rusty leaves! Your French burlap ribbon was perfect for the pumpkins. Thanks so much for sharing at Homestyle Gathering!
    >>> Kim

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    1. Thank you so much, Kim! They were fun to make and what can I say, I love anything with a French vibe.

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  8. Hopping by from the Over the Moon link-up. Such darling pumpkins with all the texture going on. Love the idea of the cork stems. You are a clever gal!

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  9. Welcome, I'm so glad you popped over for a visit 😊 The pumpkins were such fun to make, especially turning the dollar store leaves into rusty iron. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Marie - of course I had to visit when I saw "french" and "pumpkin" in the same sentence. They are darling and so unique. Thanks for sharing all the steps and demystifying the process for us. Peace to you right where you are. -michele

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    1. LOL, a girl after my own heart - my eyes perk up with the words french and pumpkin too! Thank you so much, Michele appreciate your kind words and the visit 😀

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  11. Hi Marie!
    I love these little French decoupaged pumpkins. The rusty iron leaves are such a clever touch, and I love the cork stems. You're one of my features this week at Homestyle Gathering. Thanks for sharing at the party!
    >>> Kim

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    1. So glad you liked my pumpkins with rusty leaves, Kim, and thank you so much for the feature 🤗

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  12. Oh these are darling Marie - what a great idea to use corks for the stems! We're swimming in corks around here, but that never would have crossed my mind. Thanks for the brilliant inspiration! 💗

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    1. Thank you very much, Barbara, I'm glad you like the decoupaged pumpkins! I was glad to finally use up some of my cork stash because like you, I'm swimming in them too. LOL

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  13. Marie, I simply adore these pumpkins! Cutting the strips to a V at the top helps keep the decoupage tight and flat. Great idea. I love the leaves. It's a long process - with all the layers of paint - but well worth the effort. A vignette with these pumpkins would be stunning. AND, I have wine corks for the stems! It's a win-win.

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    1. Thank you very much, I'm glad you like the decoupage pumpkins and found some of the tips helpful. The rusty leaves do seem like a long process but its super easy. I did each paint layer while working on the decoupage and had both finished at the same time. Yay, have fun making your wine cork stem pumpkins!

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  14. These are absolutely adorable! And I already have some rusty metal leave that I could use instead of making them. Pinning and can't wait to get to the Dollar Store!

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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  16. Your pumpkins look so unique using that iron technique! I've never heard of that kit.
    I like how you made the tendrils. What would we do without our Mod Podge?! Pinned.

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    1. Hi Allyson, oh you must try the metal effects kits, they are so much fun! The oxidized copper one is fabulous too. Thanks for the visit and the pin!

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    1. Thank you very much, Michele, they were a fun project for Fall.

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  18. Marie, these are simply FABulous! very elegant - and hey, i love how you've basically just given us all yet another reason to open MORE wine bottles so we can save the corks for crafting! :D they work perfectly as pumpkin stems! (i may try to pair those with my sweater pumpkins for a new look.... thanks for the inspo!) ~ deb @ homewardFOUND

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    1. Thank you so much, Deb, I'm glad you like them! Girl, that's my excuse for keeping the wine fridge stocked. LOL Have fun making your pumpkin sweaters and happy to have inspired.

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  19. Marie,
    I love your pumpkins and can't wait to make some for me. Congratulations, you are being featured at Over The moon Linky Party. I hope you stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2020/08/over-moon-linky-party_16.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Hi Bev, thrilled to return from vacation and see the feature, thank you so much! xo

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  20. What a great DIY Marie! I pinned so I can go back and try to make these later. I am featuring you on Charming Homes and Gardens on Wednesday. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kim, for the feature and the pin! xo Have fun making the burlap pumpkins.

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  21. These are just the cutest!!!! Love them! Thanks for sharing the inspiration at Charming Homes & Gardens! ~ Kristin | White Arrows Home

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  22. MY soul, I thought I'd never get to the bottom to leave a comment! It's nice to see so many people LOVE your burlap pumpkins as much as I do! Guess what?! You are being featured again on Farmhouse Friday too! It was the corks! That put it over the top for me. But that painting technique on the leaves was super cool too. pinned!

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    1. THANK YOU, thank you Cindy for the feature and the pin! I'm so glad you like my decoupage pumpkins with wine cork stems. See you at the party! xo

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