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Decoupage – Step by Step Guide

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Decoupage is one of the easiest ways to create a unique piece of art. It is also perfect for giving an out-of-date piece a trendy makeover.

Book Page Decoupage Pumpkins

Book Page Decoupage Pumpkins.

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The first step to creating a decoupaged piece is to select your project piece and gather your supplies and tools.

Tip: It is a little more challenging to keep your paper and fabric from wrinkling if you are adhering to a round surface. However, removing air bubbles from a flat surface project is more challenging.


  • Mod Podge
  • Paper: decoupage paper, book pages, napkins, tissue paper, wrapping paper, scrapbook paper
  • Fabric (wash and dry fabric without fabric softener)
  • Paint (if painting your project piece first)


How to Decoupage

I remember the first time I saw a decoupaged project I was amazed at the results. It was a wooden purse my aunt created like these. I was hooked and I could not wait to create my own masterpiece.

Book Page Pumpkin

Step one is to select your project, Mod Podge finish, and either paper or fabric.

This simple, one dollar pumpkin was easily transformed into vintage heirloom style décor with book pages and Mod Podge.

Dollar Tree Pumpkin

Basic Dollar Tree Pumpkin.

See the how-to video HERE.

The next step is to prepare your project’s surface.

I painted the pumpkin with chalk paint since I wanted to make sure the orange would not bleed through the paper.

Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.

Chalk Painting the Pumpkin

Chalk Painting the Pumpkin

Next, you will tear the book pages into strips and remove the blank margins. If you are using a paper with a design then you would want to cut out the paper design first. Furthermore, if you are using photos or pictures begin by cutting out the pictures or photos.

Book pages decoupage, pumpkin paint, pumpkin and stem

Book pages decoupage, pumpkin painting, pumpkin and stem

Torn book pages

Torn book pages

How to Use Mod Podge

Mod Podge should be applied generously to your prepared surface with a paintbrush or foam brush.

How to apply Mod Podge with a paint brush

How to apply Mod Podge with a paintbrush

Then you apply your paper or fabric and add a light coat of Mod Podge over it.

Brush on a thin coat of Mod Podge

Brush on a coat of Mod Podge

Allow adequate dry time before moving on to the next section.

Attaching torn book pages to the Dollar Tree pumpkin

Attaching torn book pages to the Dollar Tree pumpkin

To make the vintage book page pumpkin, I started in the center of the pumpkin adding the torn page pieces around the widest part of the pumpkin. I overlapped the short ends of the paper and trimmed the last piece to fit.

Adding more book page pieces

Adding more book page pieces

I found that using a piece of plastic wrap was the easiest way to remove bubbles on a round surface. A few bubbles and folds add to the vintage charm so removing all of them is not necessary.

Tip: To get a smooth finish when decoupaging on a flat surface use a brayer to get the best results.

Using plastic wrap to work the bubbles out

Using plastic wrap to work the bubbles out

After I covered the entire pumpkin with book pages strips I allowed it to dry 20 minutes before applying a final coat of Mod Podge on one half at a time allowing it dry between halves.

Embellishing Book Page Pumpkins

To add a stem to the pumpkin I decided to use sticks from a tree in the yard. I liked how the natural element looked so I decided to add some Spanish moss too.

Add glue to attach stem

Add glue to attach the stem

Form the Spanish moss into a circle and place a little hot glue around the stem then press the moss in place.

Spanish moss and decoupaged pumpkin

Spanish moss and decoupaged pumpkin

After the glue dries I use scissors to trim the moss so it forms a neat moss crown.

Use hot glue to attach moss

Use hot-glue to attach moss

Making Curly Stems

The pumpkin needed a curly stem therefore, I decided to use twine and Mod Podge to create a curly stem.

Mod Podge, twine, pencil and clothespin

Mod Podge, twine, pencil, and clothespin

After soaking the twine in Mod Podge I squeezed out the excess Mod Podge and wrapped the twine around a pencil. After allowing it to dry for 15 minutes I gently removed the twine from the pencil.

Mod Podge soaked twine wrapped around a pencil

Mod Podge soaked twine wrapped around a pencil

I applied a dot of hot glue right next to the pumpkin stem to attach the curly vine. For the largest pumpkin, I added a piece of cotton lace.

Adorable decoupaged pumpkins

Adorable decoupaged pumpkins

Napkin Chinoiserie Pumpkins

My daughter, Olivia, made these wonderful napkin decoupage pumpkins. Creating gorgeous Chinoiserie style pumpkins with napkins is a breeze with Mod Podge.

Chinoiserie Pumpkins

Chinoiserie Pumpkins

Cutting out decoupage design from napkins

Cutting out decoupage design from napkins

Mod Podging napkin design to the pumpkin

Mod Podging napkin design to the pumpkin

Chinoiserie Pumpkins

Chinoiserie Pumpkins

Read more about how Olivia made these chinoiserie pumpkins HERE.

Decoupage on Clay Pots

Clay pots are inexpensive and make a wonderful decoupage project piece. I love to decorate them and give them as gifts with seeds.

Tip: Be sure to seal the inside of the pot. Also, use this Mod Podge finish for the best results.

Clay Pot With Napkin Decoupage

Clay Pot With Napkin

Decoupage on Glass Jars

Recycled jars are a free option that makes gorgeous lanterns when covered in thin paper and a tealight is added. The jar is covered in the same manner as the pumpkin. I used napkins to decoupage the jars.

Decoupage glass jar with napkin

Glass jar with napkin Mod Podge

Tea lights inside recycle jar

Tea lights inside the recycled jar

Place these tea lights inside the recycled jar.

Below is another example of a clay pot makeover.

Flower Pot Makeover

Flower Pot Mod Podge Makeover

More projects you might enjoy:

Another pumpkin craft that uses upcycled items are these thrift store shirt pumpkins read the post HERE.

Fabric pumpkins

Fabric pumpkins

Everything pumpkin decorating is another inspiring pumpkin post you can read HERE.

Fall Decorating DIY Pumpkin Pillow

Fall Decorating DIY Pumpkin Pillow

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Cindy Rust

Saturday 21st of August 2021

Kippi, I have been thinking about doing this same project since last year and I haven't done it yet! I love your so much! When I do mine, I will link to your post! Pinning!


Friday 20th of August 2021

These look amazing! You'd never know there was a cheap orange pumpkin under there. Thanks for the tip about the plastic; I'll have to try that!


Thursday 19th of August 2021

Such a cute pumpkin project! I love book page crafts :)


Thursday 19th of August 2021

Love the curly stem tip!!

Karins Kottage

Thursday 19th of August 2021

I love this decoupage idea! I used to do this years ago. I need to make some of these! So cute! Karin

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