How to Make a Gorgeous Decoupage Pumpkin with Napkins

If you haven’t made a decoupage pumpkin with napkins yet then you’re missing out an a quick and easy fall craft that makes a gorgeous display piece!

I’m a big fan of using paper napkins to decoupage an item into looking like a beautiful piece of art. Sometimes I have more success than others! (This could also be directly related to my patience level!)

I really prefer that the pattern of the napkin lays flat so if I’m decorating a very smooth surface I sometimes struggle with making wrinkles in my paper napkins. No one else might ever notice them but it will certainly bother me from now on!

Fortunately, this is not a problem with the pumpkin shape. Or maybe I’ve picked a better pattern for the napkin but I do love these chinoiserie looking paper napkins!

I used paper napkins for this project but you can just as easily use patterned paper towels or tissue paper. I mean, didn’t we all learn to craft decoupage using tissue paper back in elementary school?

Or am I dating myself with that observation?

This is an especially great craft to makeover a faux pumpkin that has seen better days. Even my gorgeous painted pumpkins occasionally get banged up and need some repairs so this is a good way to hide that!

A blue and white decoupage pumpkin

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How to Decoupage Napkins onto Pumpkins

First you’ll need to gather a few supplies!

And of course you’ll need some pumpkins. I’d say use faux pumpkins but you could use real ones as well!

If you decide on using real pumpkins you’ll want to clean them first to be sure that your paper will stick easily to the surface. Most pumpkins have been washed but not really washed – they did get rained on and watered right?

You’ll also need some pretty napkins!

I love the chinoiserie ones but you can easily find napkins to match your fall color scheme for your house!

Decoupage Pumpkin Supplies:

  • Pumpkins
  • Mod Podge (I prefer matte but shiny is beautiful as well)
  • Patterned Napkins or Tissue Paper
  • Paint Brush
Supplies to make a decoupage pumpkin including faux pumpkin, napkin and mod podge

You can use just about any size of pumpkin available, especially if you’ve got a fresh pack of napkins. I’d estimate it takes 2 napkins per pumpkin at least, unless you’re doing itty bitty pumpkins.

If you are making multiple pumpkins your pumpkins don’t have to be the same size. I think having. a mix of sizes is so much more fun to look at!

You can also mix and match your napkins or even cut out some pieces out of the design to make them special.

You can find more supplies and ideas in My Amazon Store on the Decoupage Pumpkin Supplies list.

How to Make This Pumpkin Craft with Decoupage Napkins

You’d think it’s an easy craft to just glue a napkin to a pumpkin right?

I though decoupage was so easy until I tried to make it look better than it apparently did in elementary school!

Let me share a few tips so that you get a great result and don’t wind up wasting a lot of your pretty napkins!

Applying mod podge to a pumpkin with a paintbrush
Gluing a napkin onto a decoupage pumpkin
Applying glue over the top of a decoupage pumpkin craft project

Step by Step Instructions

Start by prepping your napkins!
If they are 2 or 3 ply you’ll need to separate them because you only need one layer (the pretty one!) for your project.
If they have a band of design across the bottom or side, or both, you’ll want to cut it off.

If you want to use a particular design from your napkins be sure to cut our several of them before you get started with the mod podge.

Next check the size
Lay your pumpkin on your napkin and wrap it so that you can estimate how many napkins it will take to cover the surface.
I used two for my pumpkin and I would say it was a M/L size.

Start with your Mod Podge
Pour some of you Mod Podge into another container or onto a paper plate.
It’s easiest to apply the glue with a paint brush and if it seems to thick you can go ahead and add a few drops of water to thin it out.

This will take a bit of experimenting – if you are using a one ply napkin it will be easy to add the glue to your pumpkin first and lay your napkin over it, smoothing as you go. Be sure to work in small sections.

If you napkin is a 2 or 3 ply then you’ll want to lay your napkin on the pumpkin and mod podge over the top of it because it will tear easily. You’ll want to be very gentle and you may need to add a bit of water to your glue mixture to thin it out a little.

Continue adding Mod Podge and your napkin until the surface of the pumpkin is covered.
You will need to cut a few slits or even remove a bit of your napkin in the thinner parts so that your napkins will lay smoothly.
I found that it was easiest to roll my pumpkins on their sides and then get the bottoms finished so that I could make the top more perfect – especially since that’s the part I’ll be looking at.

Gently cut around the stem and add mod podge so that your napkin lays flat.

Let your pumpkin project dry completely.

Chinoiserie decoupage pumpkin craft project finished

Tips For Perfect Decoupage Pumpkins

  • Consider the color of your pumpkin – white pumpkins will be the easiest to cover if you’re using a napkin with a white background, black with black, orange with orange – you get the idea.
    It’s much easier to put a quick coat of paint on a pumpkin that it is to remove your napkin, paint and start again.
  • You can use faux pumpkins that you already own – this is a great craft to cover up a dent in a faux pumpkin or a repair.
  • If your napkin tears while you’re applying it you can easily push it back into place and keep working. Once it’s dry you won’t even be able to tell!

More Design Ideas

  • Paint a portion of your pumpkins a contrasting color and then add a cut out design from your napkin – this is a great way to use the same napkins but make your design different.
  • Cut out face shapes from a black napkin to create a jack o lantern effect without having to carve a pumpkin
  • Add sparkles – you know I love sparkles!
    You can sprinkle glitter on your pumpkin while the glue is still wet or even better give it a coat of glitter spray paint when it’s all dry!

How to Style Your Decoupage Pumpkin Craft

Now all you have to do is find the perfect spot to display your creation!

Or maybe you made your creation to fill a spot you already had!

Either way they look great in a group (as pumpkins do) and I know that you’re going to enjoy this project!

I loved styling these pumpkins and I already know I need to make more of them. They work in any room in our home and bring so much color! I love them.

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Blue and White pumpkin design

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