DIY Coastal Aqua Pumpkins

It’s pumpkin season!  To celebrate, we’re getting into the coastal fall vibe with aqua & blue pumpkins that say “Ahhhh, fall at the beach!”

These are SO easy, using an unexpected ingredient: paper napkins!

We’ve been inspired by paper napkins recently, like the ones with mermaid scales that we used for our DIY mermaid sign.  So, we found some adorable plaid and gingham napkins in just the right colors for our aqua theme.

To top off the coastal vibe, we used cream craft rope — and there are so many different options to play with!

DIY Coastal Aqua Pumpkins - uses paper napkins! Living Porpoisefully

Have fun, get your creative juices flowing, and enjoy the adventure!

What you’ll need:

supplies - coastal aqua pumpkins

  • an assortment of faux pumpkins
  • paper napkins in patterns of your choice (we used these aqua gingham ones and these blue plaid ones)
  • paint brush
  • scissors
  • painter’s tape
  • mod podge (we used matte)
  • chalky light blue or aqua paint (optional)
  • white spray paint (optional, you won’t need it if you find white pumpkins)
  • craft rope (we used this 0.1″ size and a 0.28″ size)
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks

How to make it:

1. Prep the pumpkins

The thin napkins will show the color of the pumpkin underneath, so you may want to paint your pumpkins first!  (It depends on the pattern/color of the napkins, so you may not need to…look for white ones to save some time!)

We spray painted some of them white, and one of them with chalky blue paint.  You’ll want to wrap the stems with painter’s tape:

2. Cut the paper napkins

Once the pumpkins are dry, cut sections of the paper napkins in the form and size of the sections on the pumpkins (leaf shapes).  They don’t have to be exact!

We cut about 8-10 for each pumpkin, and since the napkins had a double layer, we separated it and used only the layer with the pattern:

2 cut napkins in leaf shapes

3. Paint on the napkin sections one-by-one

With the paint brush, apply some mod podge to the pumpkin in sections, place each leaf shape on one-by-one.  You can smooth them out gently as you go.  When all are on, paint more mod podge on the top to seal it:

4. Hot glue the rope

Cut the rope into pieces that are the length of the pumpkin sections, as many as you decide you need for each pumpkin.  Hot glue each of them on one-by-one.  You can also wrap the rope around the stem, hot-gluing as you go:

There’s so much room for playing with different combinations of napkin patterns, colors, and rope options!

Happy fall y’all!

Live porpoisefully, The Taylors

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