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How to Decoupage a Pumpkin

If you're looking for Fall decor inspiration that is outside of the traditional orange and black then I have a treat for you! Today I am sharing How to Decoupage a Pumpkin – one of my favorite ways to personalize decor.

I like decoupage so much because it is rather simple to do, very budget-friendly, and with the right pattern and accents can create a very elegant look.

This year I am having more fun than ever with my favorite combination of blue and white decor for Fall.

Have you done decoupage before? When I've asked this of friends I have often heard responses like, “oh, no, that sounds difficult!” But honestly, it couldn't be simpler.

Here's what you need to make your own gorgeous blue & white decoupage pumpkin! (Or really any kind of decoupage pumpkin)

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Supplies for How to Decoupage a Pumpkin

  1. A Pumpkin – you could use any kind of pumpkin but these paper mache pumpkins will do the job particularly well.
  2. Decorative napkins – I used these blue & white birds napkins but you could use any pattern you desire.
  3. Modge Podge this is the gold standard in decoupage.
  4. Gold Leaf – this is what really elevates this project and makes it stand out.
  5. Gilding Size – when working with any kind of metallic leaf I highly recommend using gilding size for best results.
  6. Brush for applying the Modge Podge and the Gilding Size.
  7. Glue gun – for reattaching the stems. This is the glue gun that I use.


You may also find it helpful to have a pair of scissors handy in case you need to do some trimming.

[dropcaps]1[/dropcaps] How to Decoupage a Pumpkin Step 1

To begin, remove the stem from the pumpkin. This makes it much simpler to apply the napkin to the pumpkin.

Don't throw that steam away though, you're going to need it!

[dropcaps]2[/dropcaps] How to Decoupage a Pumpkin Step 2

Now, begin coating the pumpkin with the glue. Work fairly quickly and cover ONLY the top section. You don't want to have the glue begin to dry before you have a chance to work that section. So try to pace yourself.

If the glue does dry, don't worry. Just add more glue and keep going.

Try to not be too heavy-handed with the glue. You don't want it goopy or too thick – that will make it more challenging to work with the napkins that can tear easily.

[dropcaps]3[/dropcaps] How to Decoupage a Pumpkin Step 3

Place the napkin over the pumpkin centering it over the hole where the stem would be.

Begin pressing the napkin down onto the glue and brush on more glue overtop of the napkin as you work. This will help the napkin stick better to the pumpkin AND help seal the napkin and protect it from tearing.

I don't mind letting the napkin bunch a little bit, but if this bothers you, you can cut slits into the napkin and trim out “excess” as needed.

I let the first napkin go where it wants but you can trim if you like. I tend to do that on the bottom one. Speaking of which, let's move on to that step.

[dropcaps]4[/dropcaps] How to Decoupage a Pumpkin Step 4

Prepare your next pieces of napkin. My napkin had a mirror image type of pattern so I split mine down the middle to make it easier to work with.

Flip the pumpkin over and repeat steps 2 and 3. On this bottom section, I do like to trim away excess because it can be helpful when there are gaps like the one you see below.

In cases like this, you can simply piece in some of the bits you trimmed away and affix with more Modge Podge.

Add a bit more Modge Podge to the surface of the pumpkin as needed to help affix the napkin in any spots where ends might try to pop up.

Allow the pumpkin to dry thoroughly before handling to avoid any accidental tears.

If you do get a tear here or there, don't panic, simply paste on a piece of napkin. Easy fix!

[dropcaps]5[/dropcaps] How to Decoupage a Pumpkin Step 5

The final step (or rather this should perhaps be your first step if you are good at multi-tasking, otherwise, do this on its own), is to gild the pumpkin stem.

Brush a light coat of the gilding size on the stem. Be careful not to brush on too much of the size. Similar to how it was when you were working with the Modge Podge, you don't want to be too thick with your application.

You will notice that the size has a milky white color when first applied. You want to wait at least 10 minutes until the size “comes to tack.” The size will turn transparent and when you touch it with your ring finger it will stick only slightly.

It is at this point AND NOT BEFORE that you want to attach the gold leaf. If you try to attach it too early it will never dry. Nightmare!!

Simply apply the foil to the stem and rub with a soft cloth or tissue paper to shine.

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Glue the stem back onto the pumpkin and Ta-da!! You're done!!

You can do this with large and small pumpkins. I love how this allows you to style a table or vignette that still has Fall charm but in colors that work perfectly with your decor.

I think I'm going to play with some tablescape ideas and try to share one with you later this week. Fingers crossed!

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Do you have some paper napkins in mind that you would like to try this with? I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments below.

There were several of these napkin patterns here that I am considering trying!

Do you like the bit of sparkle from the gold? I think it is enchanting and makes it extra special.

I feel a decoupage kick coming on so keep an eye out for a few more decoupage projects to be coming your way in the coming weeks.

Do you have a particular project you've always wanted to try and would like me to tackle? Please leave a comment and let me know your idea!

p.s. – Do you follow me on Facebook? If not, please do! I'm giving away one of these decoupaged pumpkins to one lucky follower!

Happy Celebrating!

Jennifer Carroll. Celebrating Everyday Life blog

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  1. Lucinda Riley says:

    How gorgeous!!! And it makes me realize I can use ANY beautiful pattern napkin to make something truly amazing!!!!! Love it!!!

  2. Isn’t Mod Podge the greatest thing?!!! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go!

  3. Thank you for sharing your beautiful tutorial at Create With Joy – I loved it!
    It was such a pleasure to get to learn more about you this week (what an incredible life you’ve led!) and to explore your amazing blog!
    Congrats – you are our Featured Blogger and Friend Of The Week at Friendship Friday at Create With Joy – Week 350! 🙂

  4. I just love Mod Podge – great project! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJs!

  5. Beautiful pumpkins I would hate to put away after Fall. Happy Fall, Kippi

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