Time for Tailgates!

I am thrilled that my Dukes are 6-1 overall and 4-0 in conference this season!  We are smack-dab in the middle of fall and football season (hopefully a winning one!) and what better way to celebrate both than to make team pumpkins! 

To make my JMU Dukes pumpkin I started with a white faux pumpkin that I bought at Michaels (don't forget your coupon!) but you can find them just about anywhere these days- Target, Walmart, even Lowe's. Well, you could find them last week, now the stores seem more concerned about Christmas! 

I primed and painted the pumpkin.  I know, it was white to begin with, but as you can tell by the color comparison below, it was an off-white.  

Priming may have been overkill, but I didn't want to have to put several coats on.  I used a simple Gesso to prime and a regular acrylic craft paint for the top coat.  Make sure you get a big bottle! 

I then found an image of the school mascot online.  (Be careful of trademark and copyright laws here!) You can also use a bumper sticker.  If you are printing the image, make sure that you use a thin, but not tissue paper thin, sheet of paper.  Allow sufficient time for the ink to dry.  I left mine out overnight. This will prevent smearing when you decoupage. 

Cut out the image.  Brush a layer of decoupage on the back.  I used Modge Podge matte.  If you use the glossy, you will have to cover the entire pumpkin in Modge Podge in order to make it evenly shiny. 

Very carefully begin adhering the image on the left side, gently smoothing out the bubbles and wrinkles from side to side and top to bottom as you move from left to right.  

When the image is fully adhered, brush on a light coat of decoupage, again moving from left to right.  

I made a big purple and white bow and added it to the top of the pumpkin. (I am still working on creating a bow making video tutorial.) I can't seem to find purple and gold ribbon anywhere!  

I have made several of these pumpkins.  The first was a couple of years ago for a Homecoming/Parent's Weekend tailgate at my oldest daughter's school.  

I first showed this pumpkin to you in my Tailgate Tablescape Blog post last year.  You can see that here

Not only is this project good for tailgating, but they also work as decoration for dorm rooms and student apartments. 

This pumpkin has my oldest daughter's grad schoolmascot on it.  No football team so no tailgating there, but it does look cute in her apartment! 

I also made one for my youngest daughter's apartment.  Again, no football team, but that is no reason not to show school spirit! 

I hope that your favorite team is having a winning season this year!  Thanks for stopping by today! 



  1. I love how you decorated your pumpkins-and love the white colour! Great instructions!


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