Create Mod Pumpkins With Napkins

Here’s an easy pumpkin craft idea using using napkins to create mod pumpkins to fit in with your fall decor.

I recently found some decorative napkins in all of the colors that I knew my daughter would love.  I picked up a couple of faux pumpkins at Michaels and went to town with the ModPodge.

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 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.

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I started off by wrapping the stems of the pumpkins with painter’s tape because I wanted to leave them their original color.

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 Then I spray primed the pumpkins so that the orange color wouldn’t show through the napkins.
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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.

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Next, I applied the strips of napkin to the larger pumpkin with ModPodge.

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 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.
Completed faux pumpkin that has had decorative napkins strips applied with ModPodge

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 method.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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…and for Thanksgiving.

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30 Comments

  1. Suzy they are absolutely gorgeous! You should post the photos on Pinterest too. Beautifully done. 🙂

  2. Lisa@Pickles and Cheese says:

    Fun idea! I love decoupage. And smart tip to paint the pumpkin white first. I wouldn’t have done that and I am sure I would have been sorry! They look great.

  3. Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G says:

    These are so cute!!! Love the bright leaf napkins! 🙂

  4. I saw these mod podge pumpkins around and tried one. It was a disaster! Yours turned out so great. Good idea to use the napkins.

  5. So cute, Suzy!! I love your pumpkins. I posted about the award on my blog. Thanks again!

  6. Oh, and thank you so much for posting on my blog!!!!! There is just something exciting about seeing “comments”

  7. Cranberry Morning says:

    You’re going to have a hard time convincing us that you’re not crafty! These are so cute. 🙂

  8. CosmoGirl Carla says:

    Love, love, love these! The best paper covered pumpkins I’ve seen! Found you via Savvy Seasons linky party. Thanks for sharing. Happy Halloween!

  9. Theae are so neat!! I like that they can be used all the way to thanksgiving. Great job. Kudos to you! Hugs, Ginger

  10. Buttercup Bliss says:

    Super, super cute! So cheerful!

  11. Love those vibrant pumpkins!

  12. Jen @ Creating with the J's says:

    Yours turned out great! The colors are fab. I attempted this product and it ended up in the trash. 🙁 Thanks for sharing!!!

  13. Your pumpkins are adorable, Suzy! The colors are terrific and using napkins was a really good way to achieve the look!

    Thank you for sharing you ideas at Potpourri Friday!

  14. Too cute!! I love the smaller one!!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

  15. Kelly @ EclecticallyVintage says:

    Love the modern colors and patterns – so different for fall!

  16. Gostei! Adorei a criatividade ficou simplesmente maravilhosa!
    Seu blog é muito bom!
    Parabéns!
    Tenha um lido dia.
    Beijinho.

  17. What a great idea – love these.

  18. WhisperWood Cottage says:

    So colorful and creative! Thanks for linking up to The Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

  19. Terrie HearthandWhimsy says:

    I saw these on Pinterest and I love them! Such a cute idea! I’m a new follower.

  20. Just darling Suzy! I love anything mod podged and these napkins are so fun and colorful.