Wednesday, October 16, 2013

DIY Lilly Pulitzer Pumpkins

Today I'm sharing a post from the vaults that has remained one of my top posts for years. Back on September 19, 2011, I first shared this DIY idea for pumpkins for you and I'm still enjoying these beautiful pumpkins I made years ago.


A few simple supplies help you turn a regular pumpkin into a preppy Lilly inspired pumpkin this fall. You’ll need some decoupage glue, a pumpkin, and some paper napkins. The Martha Stewart decoupage glue has a built in brush in the lid. So convenient. I used a foam pumpkin, buy one get one free at AC Moore, but you could also use a regular pumpkin.  The benefit of the foam pumpkin is that it can be saved from year to year.  I had a few Lilly Pulitzer napkins left over from a party that were no longer a complete set, so these seemed like a perfect thing to use.  I only used about 8 napkins for both large pumpkins!

Cut your napkins in half and open the length. You should have long rectangles. Start by generously brushing an even coat of decoupage glue on the surface of your pumpkin. Then gently press the napkin on the coated surface. Follow the shape of the pumpkin.

You’ll have some wrinkles on this. Embrace them! It’s part of the process. Don’t worry about edges that are not completely attached; you can fix these in a later step.

Carefully add other napkins on the pumpkin’s surface and press into place. Add decoupage glue on top of the napkin to seal the ends of each napkin and smooth wrinkles. Brush lightly on top of the napkin to avoid tearing it.

Brush a light coat of the decoupage glue on the top of the napkins. Allow it to dry completely. I also sprayed the pumpkins with Krylon's clear finish to provide a protective coating for the pumpkins. The decorated pumpkins are now completely water resistent and can be easily wiped clean if needed.

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How do you decorate for Halloween?



  1. Your blog is an amazing find. Today I am using up some gorgeous holiday napkins I couldn't bear to throw away thanks to this terrific post. Thanks from a fellow Marylander!

  2. I love these pumpkins, I remember you posting about them before but I never made them. You have inspired me to finally do them this year :)

  3. Thanks for your kind words @Uncurly In House! I'd love to see what you create with your napkins. Have a wonderful day!



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