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Decoupage With Napkins: Easy DIY Dollar Store Planters

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Decoupage a gorgeous planter with napkins to make patriotic and super easy DIY dollar store planters. Fill it with real or faux plants.

close up of decoupage planter

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I was invited to participate in a decoupage challenge hosted by Katherine from Katherine’s Corner.

If you follow me on TikTok or Facebook you know I am a huge fan of decoupage crafts.

So I was thrilled to share this easy diy project for a fun decoupage challenge!

Be sure to read to the end of this post to visit both Katherine and Barbara from from French Ethereal to see what they have crafted for this challenge.

Patriotic Decoupage Planter

I’ve included a printable craft/DIY card at the end of this post to make this craft project even easier for you!

So I will share a few tips for getting a nice finish on decoupage napkins.

With Memorial Day and Fourth of July just around the corner, I decided to create a festive patriotic planter with the adorable napkins that I found at Homegoods last season.

close up of decoupage napkin dollar store palnter

Supplies Needed for Decoupage Planters

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Tips on Creating Decoupage Planters

Start by painting the planter with white paint. You may need 2-3 coats depending on the type of planter that you are painting.

If you are painting a flower pot like a terracotta pot you will definitely need 2 coats.

Terracotta tends to soak up the paint.

Here is a detailed post about painting terracotta posts that you may find helpful. The same napkins are used.

painting dollar tree tin

You will see after one coat the finish was still uneven, so I went with a second coat of chalk paint.

adding napkins to dollar store planter

Once the paint is dry, use a brush to cover the front of the planter with mod podge.

adding mod podge to dollar store planter

Remove the lining of the napkin. Most napkins are 2-ply. You only want to work with the top napkin with the image.

Place the napkin onto the mod podge planter and press it to secure it.

Quick tip: use plastic wrap to smooth out wrinkles. Napkins are very fragile so this will help get a smooth finish and not tear the napkins.

Look at how smooth that is!! My 8 yo niece Lori was crafting with me and did a great job!

using plastic wrap for decoupage

Once napkin is smooth, add a top coat of mod podge to seal the napkin.

The final step is to let the mod podge fully dry. I usually let it cure overnight, but at least an hour is sufficient.

Isn’t the little puppy just adorable?

close up of napkin decoupage on planter

There are so many different ways you can fill your decoupage planter.

The vertical metal tin planters from Dollar Tree are the perfect size for individual succulent plants.

Here are a couple of other ways you can fill the planter:

  • Add different sizes candle holders and battery-operated candles
  • Several small plants in different sizes
  • Fill it with real flowers. You will need to drill holes for proper drainage.
  • Add fake plants or flowers in seasonal red, white and blue colors to match the patriotic theme.
finished decoupage dollar store planter

I hope you enjoyed this easy decoupage craft. Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy decorating!

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patriotic planter with decoupage

Please visit Katherine from Katherine’s Corner and Barbara from French Ethereal to see their beautiful decoupage crafts. You are in for a treat!

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Here are a few of my favorite decoupage crafts to inspire you!

Here are even more Dollar Tree DIY’s

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Saturday 11th of May 2024

Michelle, I love how your patriotic planter turned out!!! Aren't dogs just the best? And this little guy riding in his truck is just adorable... Makes me think of 9-11, for some reason, and with Memorial Day in just a couple of weeks, this is just a perfect way to remember our fallen soldiers.

Glad to be on the découpage tour with you today, Big hugs and Happy Mother's Day, Barb :)

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