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How to Napkin Decoupage Dollar Tree 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 Tree 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 Decoupage Pumpkins with napkins. You can turn a cheap Dollar Tree Pumpkins into a fabulous fall decorations.

In addition, there are couple of tips that I learned which will save you from making the same mistakes.

See how easy it is to decoupage a pumpkin with a paper napkin
The cute sunflower napkins sparked the idea to decoupage some of my cheap dollar tree pumpkins.

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What Supplies Are Needed For 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.

Sunflower paper napkin to be used for Decoupaged Pumpkins.

Apply Mod Podge & Napkins to Dollar Tree 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.

paint mod podge over dollar tree pumpkin.  Farmhouse style DIY decor.

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.

Apply sunflower napkin to dollar tree pumpkin for an upscale fall decor idea.

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

Apply paper napkins to cheap pumpkins with mod podge.

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

Easy tutorial for dollar tree pumpkins napkin decoupage ideas.

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.

Use paper napkins to decoupage cheap pumpkins for fabulous fall decorating ideas.

They look like high end pumpkins with their new coats.

In addition, see these 10 free fall decorating ideas for more budget friendly ideas.

You will also love this $1.00 Thrift Store Lamp Decoupage Transformation.

Dollar Tree Pumpkins Transformed

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 Dollar Tree pumpkin looks stunning on a thrifted candlestick for fall.

A Dollar Tree Pumpkin looks like high end Fall Decorations when placed on a wooden candlestick.

Arrange in the smaller Dollar Tree Decoupaged Pumpkins in a dough bowl for more impact.

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

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Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

[…] Next pumpkin, is a collection of some beautifully napkin decoupaged pumpkins by the extremely creative Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse. Her decoupaged pumpkins give off such a great vintage vibe to them. She even did a large pumpkin using sunflower napkins. It is a must see post to pin! For more pictures and steps on how to make these pumpkins visit her post, How to Napkin Decoupage Dollar Tree Pumpkins. […]


Saturday 13th of August 2022

Beautiful! And I love the tin cans centerpiece. You never disappoint. Thanks, Rachel.


Saturday 13th of August 2022

Miche, You are so sweet to say this. Thanks so much for your encouragement.


Wednesday 10th of August 2022

I’m definitely going to do this! I love it.


Wednesday 10th of August 2022

Renae, I really appreciate this.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Wednesday 10th of August 2022

Rachel, you are truly the decoupage queen. I still remember your lamp and now pumpkins! They look fabulous and what a great idea.


Wednesday 10th of August 2022

Mary, I'm so glad you like the pumpkins. They are a favorite of mine.

Cheryl Atkinson

Wednesday 10th of August 2022

Hi Rachel! I love these decopauged pumpkins. So pretty. Thank you for all of your inspiration that you share with us.


Wednesday 10th of August 2022

Cheryl, I really appreciate this. I'm glad you like this project.