Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pleasy

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Most everything I make these days has a coastal look. I happen to live at the beach. But you don’t have to live near the sea to have a soothing beachy vibe in your home.

Lets get started

Collection of pumpkins

I have been collecting faux pumpkins over the years. It’s time for me to do something different with them. The plan is to mod podge with paper napkins. I quickly found out that the ugly orange will show through.

Base paint

I decided then to base paint each pumpkin with either a white or a light blue color.

Perfection not needed

This step was quick and easy. I painted most of the pumpkin and then as soon as it dried I turned it upside down and placed it in a cup so I can paint the bottom half.

Nautical napkins

I love these nautical 3 ply napkins. It’s real easy to remove the first white ply but a little more tricky to remove the next white ply that is stuck to the printed piece. A little bit of water in the corner plus using a sewing needle helped me to remove it.

Random pattern

This napkin had a very random pattern with the design elements upside down and right side up. This is a good thing. I just tore postcard size pieces in no particular order for the first pumpkin. I then glued the pieces on with mod podge in a hap-hazard way. I ptefer the napkin not lay smooth. I like wrinkles and folds. It gives it dimension, texture and interest and is so easy peasy. You definitely don’t need to have the pieces lineup.

Just tear away

However I decided to try something different and I folded the napkin up. Then I tore it in about five pieces keeping them lined up. This time I applied the napkin in strips matching up the design. But don’t worry. It definitely was not perfect at all. I just wanted to make sure that you can make out a seahorse here and a blue crab there.

Mod Podge

Here you can see that I just brush on a whole lot of mod podge first. Then with the same brush I smoosh the piece of napkin down. My goal is to cover every inch of pumpkin.

An audience

And there is Miss Abigail. She is always close by.

Close up

Isn’t she pretty!

Adding the strips.

The napkin looks so good with the light color showing through.

Patch work

You always end up with holes because the pumpkins are round. I just tear up more of the napkin to cover the exposed areas.

Ta da

Here’s one sitting pretty in the consignment shop.


I made the wooden pumpkins in the background too.

And still more.

I ran out of the printed napkin but had more pumpkins left. So I decided to paint them a little bit darker blue and mod podge them with the leftover white napkins. Having a variety of sizes is the way to go.

I hope you enjoyed this. Let me know if you have any questions.

Suggested materials:

  • Faux pumpkins   (Amazon)
  • Mod podge   (Michaels)
  • Paper napkins   (Amazon)
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  • Sherrie Sherrie on Sep 22, 2021

    Your choice of napkin is a nice change up from what you usually see. They look like they could stay out year round. Also your Miss Abigail looks just like my sweet Paula.

  • Lori Ward-Laatsch Lori Ward-Laatsch on Sep 22, 2021

    If anyone is looking for napkins this site sells them by single napkin or a pack and they have reasonable prices and quick shipping. https://www.chiarotino.com/ I did a bunch of pumpkins last year and wished I had found this site sooner they seem to be far less expensive than Amazon especially on single napkins.