Decoupage Pumpkins Using Napkins

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Decoupage pumpkins with napkins is an inexpensive craft that will add coziness to your fall décor.

Decoupage Pumpkins

If you’re looking for fall décor that is simple to put together, budget friendly, and completely customizable, I have the perfect craft for you! Decoupage pumpkins using napkins is the perfect way to add personalized, cozy fall décor to your home in no time with just a few supplies.

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Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing paper cut outs onto it. It’s a fun craft with limitless options on what you can create. With a little imagination, you can create something that is completely unique & special just for your home.

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I love that I created a classic, elegant, and unique piece of fall décor for our home with a foam pumpkin, decorative napkin, and glue!

Decoupage Pumpkins

Fall Décor on a Budget Blog Hop

Today, 9 blogger friends and I are challenging ourselves to bring you fall décor on a budget…a $25 budget to be exact! Do you think we were all able to stay within budget?! Continue to the end of this post to see what each blogger created and for links to their blog posts. There are some amazing inexpensive fall décor ideas!

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If you are coming here from Jennifer at A Cottage on Bunkerhill, welcome! Jennifer is a fellow New England blogger whom I hope to meet in person one day! I love how Jennifer created her own faux terracotta beaded garland for this fall décor on a budget challenge. It’s a beautiful and inexpensive way to decorate for fall!

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Supplies for Decoupage Pumpkins Using Napkins

I spent a total of about $11 on this craft (well under my $25 budget!). We had most of the supplies that I needed already in our home. I only had to purchase the pumpkin & napkins. Here is everything you will need to decoupage pumpkins using napkins.

  • White Pumpkin – You can use any foam, plastic, or papier-mâché pumpkin for this craft. I used this pumpkin which we spray painted white.
  • Decorative Paper Napkins – I used these napkins, but any decorative paper napkins will work. Here are some other decorative napkins you could use as well.
  • Mod Podge – This is the best product for any decoupage project.
  • Paint Brush – I used these.
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
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Before You Begin to Decoupage Pumpkins

Before you begin to decoupage pumpkins, there are a few things to do to get started.

You will want to remove the stem from the pumpkin. Gently turn & twist the stem until the glue releases and you are able to pull it out. Don’t discard the stem, you will need it later.

Next, you may want to paint your pumpkin. The pumpkin I used was yellow, so we spray painted it white. I felt a white pumpkin would work better with the decorative napkin I was using for this craft.

White Faux Pumpkin

Get your napkins ready to decoupage. Open your decorative napkin on a flat surface and then separate the paper back away from the printed front. For our decoupage pumpkin, I wanted a block print pattern. So, I cut the individual damask prints out of the napkin. However, you can take the entire napkin and decoupage the pumpkin that way. I prefer to work with smaller pieces when decoupaging because I am able to control the overall design of the piece I am crafting, a little easier.

Fall Napkins
These are the napkins I used to decoupage our pumpkin.
Decorative Guest Napkin
Separate the layers of the napkin. Discard the back layer. You will only use the front decorative layer of the napkin.
Napkin Cut Outs
Cut each pattern into individual napkin cut outs. It is easier to work with smaller napkin pieces.

How to Decoupage Pumpkins Using Napkins

On a parchment paper lined surface, starting at the top of the pumpkin, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge with a paint brush to one of the pumpkin ribs. You will want to work in small sections so that the glue does not dry too quickly.

Mod Podge Pumpkin
Add a thin coat of Mod Podge to the area you will be adding the napkin.

Decoupage the Napkin to the Pumpkin

Carefully add your napkin cut out on top of the thin coat of glue. Gently press the napkin down with the paint brush to remove any air pockets Add more glue to the top of the napkin as you work to ensure napkin adheres fully to pumpkin.

You make have a few wrinkles in the napkin cut out and that is ok. It adds character to the pumpkin!

Decoupaging Pumpkin
Place napkin on pumpkin and apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on the napkin. Mod Podge will appear milky white when applied, but will dry clear.

Decoupage the Entire Pumpkin

Continue adding the napkin cut outs around the top of the pumpkin, alternating every other rib.

Once you have completed adding all of your napkin pieces to the top of the pumpkin, stop. Allow the Mod Podge to dry before moving onto the next section of pumpkin. This may take about an hour or so.

Decoupage Pumpkin
Allow Mod Podge to dry before moving onto the next section.

After the Mod Podge has dried, I then placed the next section of napkin cut outs about 3/4 of the way down from the top of the napkins I already decoupaged. Again, alternating ribs on the pumpkin. In this section, I added the napkin cut outs to the ribs that were not decoupaged in the first section.

Continue this process all the way down to the bottom of the pumpkin so that your pumpkin is covered in a block print. Make sure to flip & tip the pumpkin so that the area you decoupaged is able to fully dry.

Decoupage Pumpkins
Alternate pumpkin ribs to create a block print on the pumpkin.

Seal the Pumpkin & Allow to Dry

Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over the entire pumpkin, working in stages so that the Mod Podge does not stick to any surfaces. This will prevent any edges of the napkin from popping up and will fully seal the decoupaged pumpkin. I let our pumpkin sit for about 24 hours after this step, to make sure it was fully sealed.

Decoupage Pumpkin
Allow the decoupaged pumpkin to dry and cure for 24 hours.

Final Step to Decoupage Pumpkins

The final step…attach the pumpkin stem! Place a small dab of hot glue to the end of the pumpkin stem and place back into the hole at the top of pumpkin. How easy and fun was that?!

Decoupage Pumpkins
Glue pumpkin stem back onto the pumpkin to complete your decoupaged pumpkin.

How to Style a Decoupage Pumpkin

I styled our decoupaged pumpkin on our kitchen island with a pitcher of fall flowers along with a candle. I loved the pattern of the pumpkin with the vintage brown transferware I have in our kitchen for fall. You can see how I styled a brown transferware soup tureen on our kitchen counter, here. Decoupage pumpkins can be added to fall décor in the kitchen, on a fall tablescape, in a bookcase, or on a console table styled for fall.

Decoupage Pumpkins

More Fall Décor Ideas

Elizabeth from Country Peony shares the most adorable projects & DIY’s! She created a beautiful dried lavender wreath that I can’t wait to recreate in our home with the lavender from our kitchen window box. Head on over to her blog to check out this easy DIY wreath!

For neutral fall décor ideas, this recent blog post has become a fan favorite with ideas on how to easily incorporate fall décor into your home for the upcoming season.

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  1. This pumpkin is stunningly beautiful! The napkins have such a pretty design, and it was perfect for this project.

  2. Thank you Tara! I’ve been obsessed with the color mustard this fall so when I saw these napkins, I knew I had to use them!

  3. These pumpkins are so cute. I have done decoupage before but haven’t tried cutting pieces from paper napkins before and I definitely what to do some like this now. I love the mustard color in your pattern. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh my gosh, Heidi. It is stunning! I love the color and the print of napkin you chose to use. Perfect for fall. Thanks so much for all of your work to coordiante today’s hop. Always fun to join you. Pinned!

  5. Heidi, your pumpkin looks so pretty! I love that you cut your pieces out. The design is beautiful and you styled it so well! Thanks so much for including me in this hop!!????

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