Here’s an easy pumpkin craft idea using ModPodge to decoupage decorative napkins onto faux pumpkins. I recently found some decorative napkins in all of the colors that I knew my daughter, Ms. J, would love. And as soon as I saw them, I knew just what I would do. I picked up a couple of faux pumpkins at Michaels and went to town with the ModPodge.
These are really easy to do, but it does require a bit of patience because the napkins are so thin and will tear easily once they are saturated with ModPodge.
Here are most of the supplies that I used:
Faux pumpkins, spray primer, ModPodge, a spray mask, two different patterns of napkins, a ruler, pencil and scissors. I used a couple of other items as I went along that aren’t included in this photo, but you’ll see them below.
I started off by wrapping the stems of the pumpkins with painter’s tape. Then I spray primed the pumpkins so that the orange color wouldn’t show through the napkins.
I decided to use the striped napkins on the larger pumpkin and the leaf pattern on the smaller one.
The napkins were three ply thick, so I peeled them apart until I had just one layer. Remember to handle the napkins with care because they are very thin. I cut three napkins into strips roughly 1″ wide.
You’ll have to ignore the surface of my well used work table. I need to recover it. It really isn’t dirt that you see. It’s just places where adhesives have been used in the making of window treatments, cornices and upholstered headboards.
Next, I applied the strips of napkin to the larger pumpkin with ModPodge.
After letting them dry completely, I added a coat of ModPodge over the applied napkin strips and allowed that to dry completely. This is the completed, striped pumpkin.
It was looking a little naked, so you can see that I added some leaves, ribbon curly cues and berries around the stem. I’ll go into that process below.
I covered the smaller pumpkin with the leafy napkins using the same process.
To make the leaves, I ModPodged pieces of the napkin to a stiff piece of paper. I grabbed a couple of different faux leaves from my stash and traced around them onto the ModPodged napkins – after they had dried thoroughly.
I then cut out the traced around the leaves so they could be glued to the pumpkins.
Next I made some curled pieces of ribbon to use. I simply cut some strips of ribbon, slathered them with Stiffy Fabric Stiffener, and wrapped them around a pencil until they were dry.
This is my hi-tech drying rack. ☺ I stuck the pencils down in some floral foam to hold them up while they were drying. You can see I used some painter’s tape to hold the ribbon ends on the pencils.
It was easy to remove the ribbon from the pencils once it was dry. This is what I wound up with. I think they make cute little curly cues.
After that I just hot-glued the leaves and ribbons to the pumpkins. I added some strips of green ribbon too and a few faux berries.
They look really cute for Halloween…
…and for Thanksgiving.