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Tuesday, September 20

Mod Podge Pumpkins

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I've been "Mod-Podging"
some pumpkins for my Halloween decor.

By the way, if you're a perfectionist
{WORSE than me, I mean}
this may not be the project for you.

I mean it's fun & all, 
but it won't be perfect.

After trying wrapping paper & failing,
I found that paper napkins work pretty well.
These are available at Target.
Fake pumpkins are on sale right now at Michael's Crafts.
{Last year, I used real pumpkins, 
then had to throw them away when Halloween was over.}

The napkins with a busy pattern tend to work out
better than polka dot, for instance.

Just cut out the pattern on your napkin 
& apply Mod Podge to a section of the pumpkin.
It helps a lot to cut slits on the sides of the piece of napkin--
then overlap so you have less wrinkles.
Repeat until the pumpkin is covered.
Then paint the whole pumpkin with a thin coat
of Mod Podge.

TIP: When using a napkin with a dark background,
it's alright to overlap the layers. When using a napkin
with a very light background, try not to overlap.

As I said, they're not perfect, but I find that people
do not walk up & inspect them closely - so it's OK!

The black pumpkin was purchased from a store 
called Tai Pan Imports.
I also love my "candy book" from Hallmark.
I put candy inside & it says cute things to
the kids when they open it.


  1. I love it. I would never think to mod-podge a pumpkin.

  2. Michelle, I LOVE these! I think I'm going to have to make them with my roommates because they are adorable. I never ever would have thought to use napkins. You're brilliant.

  3. Very nice! I just saw some similar pumpkins on a magazine cover...So many fun ideas!!!

  4. Cute! I have seen these in magazines too and just don't know if I am brave enough. Like you said, it isn't always perfect and modge podge and I do not always get along. :)

    This is so lovely!!! :)

  5. So cute! Thanks for the details on how to do it ...

  6. This is a wonderful idea!
    As a clay artist,I am always creating faces and characters on Pumpkins & Gourds for collectors this time of year.
    But, as I was decorating my front porch the other day for the Fall months, I was thinking that I would like something different on my porch.. I didn't want my punkins to have faces or be just plain Orange..I was thinking to just paint them BUT.... This is a perfect solution & idea! I love the napkin idea with all the designs available!
    Thanks for the splendid idea :)


  7. WOW...these turned out fantastic, I love them! Mod podging is such a sixties word to me, brings back the memories! :D

  8. They look pretty perfect to me! I saw something in Country Living ( I think) about mod podging pumpkins and yours turned out great!

  9. Love your pumpkins. They really came out great!


  10. I love those! I'm trying that next!

  11. I love your pumpkins, I want to mod podge some! Debbie

  12. wow!! I never knew you could do that!! Thats simply awesome!! :-) I totally love your blog.. and am following it now!! :-) Cant wait to see more inspirations from you!! You rock!

  13. Cute! I would have never thought to use napkins! I want to give this a try! So cute!


  14. I love this craft so much - very pretty!

  15. Love this tutorial! I have a pumpkin carving girls night with some friends every year and I will be do this to my pumpkin instead of getting all gooey with seeds. Thanks!

  16. Michelle, these are gorgeous! I would love for you to post them at my halloween link party at !

  17. Those napkins are lovely and they look beautiful on your pumpkins! Love B&W for fall... it easily transitions into Halloween. Great job! (even if they are not 'perfect' they are gorgeous!)

  18. These certainly look just as nice as the ones on the cover of Country Living Magazine! You did a fantastic job@ creating them. :-) I would probably go nuts trying to get them perfect. I need to learn to let go and be satisfied with "ok" instead of perfection! LOL Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pumpkins with us. Visiting from Kate's party. ~ sue

  19. Those look fabulous! Great idea to use napkins as you can find so many fun designs! If you get a chance, I would love it if you could link this up to my party, The Creative Spark, tonight. Have a great week!
    Jenn :)

  20. ooohhh You said the "T" word! Lurrrvvv Tai Pan! Also, luv the white damask pumpkin, sooooooooooo stinkin' cute!

  21. Very very pretty! I've never used Modge Podge! Maybe it's time I did!!

  22. Very cute! I'm loving all the mod podge pumpkins I'm seeing this year...each is so unique and special,and this just ROCK IT!

    Found another of your projects yesterday and this one today... how sweet!

    Visiting from Centsational Girl's Linky Party today {It's Fall Y'All}
    Smiles and thanks for sharing,
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

  23. Love most things black and white and Mod Podge too.These are my kind of thing :)blessings to you-Denise

  24. I am definitely doing this this year! I have about 10 pumpkins on my steps right now ready to be placed - and I LOVE your ideas! Congrats on the tv show!!

  25. Fantastic pumpkins! I need to try this.

    1. Hi Susie, Thank you so much for stopping by & taking the time to leave a comment. Have fun mod-podging your own pumpkins!

      Warmly, Michelle


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