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How to Napkin Decoupage Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a favorite way to decorate for Fall and I’ve collected my fair share over the years. Several of mine are Cheap, Dollar Store versions, which have received several coats of paint over the years. When I found some cute Fall napkins, I decided to decoupage some of these cheap pumpkins for a cute, updated look.

Today I’m sharing how easy it to make Napkin Decoupage Pumpkins. In addition, there are couple of tips that I learned which will save you from making the same mistakes.

The cute sunflower napkins sparked the idea to decoupage some of my cheap dollar store pumpkins.

Supplies to make Napkin Decoupage Pumpkins

The First Mistake I made

I was so excited about these cute sunflower napkins and thought I’d put them on all the pumpkins. Unfortunately, they didn’t looks so great on the small pumpkins. After making a couple, I quickly removed the original napkin and mod podge because they were not very pretty.

So it’s important to consider is the scale of the pattern on your napkin compared to the size of your pumpkin. I found that a large scale print, such as the sunflower pattern, works best on a larger pumpkin. A smaller scale pattern works much better on the smaller pumpkins. I will share both versions.

Here is a small pumpkin with a small pattern napkin. This size works well on my tablescape here.

Prepare the napkins

The first step is to separate your napkins. Most paper napkins are three ply and all three layers need to be separated to begin.

A friend shared a tip to make separating the napkins much easier. Simply apply a piece of tape to the napkin along the edge and gently lift the layers apart. Why didn’t I think of that? LOL

Cut Napkins

There are a few options for this next step. You can choose to cut a design out from the napkin and apply the design randomly on the pumpkin or you can cut the napkin into sections to apply all over the entire pumpkin. In addition, you can place a hole in the center of the napkin to allow the stem to pass through and basically drape the napkin over the pumpkin.

Because I wanted the design to completely cover the pumpkins, I choose to cut the napkin into sections.

Another tip

When covering my first pumpkin, I began using large pieces because I thought the pattern would be more visible and visually appealing. However, using smaller pieces makes the process quicker and easier and you can’t tell where the napkin pieces are joined. You can make the process easy on yourself because, you really can’t make a mistake with this easy DIY.

Apply Mod Podge & Napkins to Pumpkins

Now you are ready to begin applying the napkin to the pumpkin. Using a paint brush apply the mod podge over the surface of the pumpkin. If you are working with a larger pumpkin, you should do this in sections to avoid the glue drying.

Next begin placing the napkin pieces onto the pumpkin being sure to press the napkin into the creases of the pumpkin in order to maintain it’s shape.

Continue until the entire pumpkin is covered or until you are satisfied with the design.

Using the paint brush and mod podge, you can continue to smooth the napkin by brushing gently.

Allow to Dry Throughly

Once your pumpkin is dry, you may desire another coat of mod podge to preserve the pumpkin for future seasons.

The sunflower pumpkins dried beautifully and had a velvet appearance when displayed.

They look like high end pumpkins with their new coats. Click here to see some other cheap or free fall decorating ideas.

The smaller pumpkins were covered in a small scale fruit napkin and I couldn’t resist making several to display together in a wooden dough bowl.

The possibilities for using napkin decoupage is unlimited and you can see how to dress up simple tin cans here.

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Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Such a great idea! I love it.

Thursday 7th of October 2021

Renae, I'm so glad you like this. Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday 7th of October 2020

Great tips on using smaller pieces. Love how these turned out!

Thursday 8th of October 2020

Cindy, I really appreciate this. Thanks for stopping by. Rachel

Kristi @ Mulch and Paint

Tuesday 6th of October 2020

Wonderful pumpkin DIY! Love it!

Thursday 8th of October 2020

Kristi, Thanks for stopping by. I'm so glad you liked this. Rachel