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How To Decoupage With Napkins To Make Beautiful Garden Pots

Let me show you how to decoupage with napkins to make the most beautiful garden pots.

If you have never tried to decoupage with napkins, now is the time. Gather a few garden pots, some pretty napkins and mod podge, then create!

I love to update plain terracotta pots, or garden pots. They are inexpensive and can be updated in so many different ways.

blue and white chinoiserie garden pot

One of my first clay pot crafts was a clay pot rain chain. It was actually made with dollar store pots, so it was super cheap to make.

Last year I was on a pink flamingo kick, so I updated a large garden pot with a fun pink flamingo tropical theme.

It’s still one of my favorite flower pot makeovers. For Mother’s Day each year we go to a local garden center and pick up flowers to add to my deck and porch.

I had a few garden pots that were plain, so I decided to try my hand at decoupage with napkins. You guys, it is such a fun craft, and so easy!

There will definitely more of these beauties in my life.

Just look at the difference from a plain clay pot to a gorgeous floral beauty:

set of 3 garden pots with napkins

Let me show you the simple tutorial. There is a handy printable card at the end of the post too.

Supplies For Decoupage Garden Pots

 

3 terracotta pots

How To Decoupage With Napkins

Start by giving the terracotta pots a couple of good coats of white paint.  You can leave it natural if you like, but the napkin colors don’t pop as much as they do with a white base.

It is totally a matter of preference. 

 

outdoor living white paint

Also, since these garden pots will be outside, I used DecoArt Americana Decor outdoor living paint. The coverage is amazing too!

white paint on garden pot

The clay pots dry really fast, but you will need at least 2-3 coats for good coverage. 

painted garden pot

Let the clay pots dry totally before adding any mod podge.

 

white painted garden pot

Next up, you want to unfold a few napkins and separate the layers. Most napkins are either 2-ply or 3-ply. The ones I used were 2-ply.

You only use the printed top layer. 

decoupage with napkins on garden pots

Decide if you want to cover the entire pot with napkins, or just a few cut outs. I’ll show you both ways here.

First, I cut out pretty blue and white chinoiserie style flowers from the napkins. Cut out several different shapes and sizes.

Be sure to use sharp paper snips, or scissors.

cut out flowers for decoupage

Lay the flower cut outs on the pot to test placement. I added some to go over the lip of the pot.

cut out flowers on painted garden pots

Add Mod Podge on a paper plate and use a foam brush to add mod podge to the area where the napkin cut out will be. 

mod podge and foam brush

One tip I have is the napkins are very fragile, so it’s important to carefully lay the napkin piece onto the mod podge area, and lightly press.

Don’t worry if the napkin tears a little. I will show you on the next pot how to fix that.

Lightly adhere the napkin using a foam brush. Try to smooth out any wrinkles with the foam brush, or lightly with your fingertips.

Continue adding the napkin cut outs until you are happy with the placement. Cover the entire garden pot with another layer of mod podge. 

blue and white clay pot

 How To Cover A Garden Pot With Napkins

Now I will show you how to cover a clay pot completely with decoupage napkins. Start by pulling apart the napkins so you have just the top layer.

cut up napkins for decoupage

Cut the napkin into 4 squares. Cover the garden pot with mod podge in sections and lightly place the napkin to the pot.

blue napkins decoupage on garden pots

Follow the same process as above and continue to cover the entire pot. When you get to the top of the pot, fold the napkin over the lip and secure it with more mod podge.

Remember I said I would show you what to do if it tears? See the little torn section below:

decoupage napkins on clay pot

Just cut out a small piece of napkin in the same color and cover up the tear with the napkin piece and mod podge. Easy peasy!

fixing ripped decoupage napkin

Try to smooth out any wrinkles, but on this design, I liked the wrinkles as it made it look a little aged and worn.

garden pot in decoupage napkin

I have to say I think this may be my favorite one. What do you think?

finished decoupage garden pot

You can see the smaller pot was updated with just torn pieces of napkin. I’m thinking I may add an antique wax over this one.

3 decoupaged garden pots

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Be sure to cover all the pots with a good coat of mod podge to protect them. Also, if you are going to use the garden pots as planters, you have to waterproof them.

You can spray inside and out with a Polycrylic Clear Finish. I still have to spray mine. That’s all their is to it. Wasn’t that so easy?

 

before and after decoupage flower pots

 

Where Can You Find Pretty Napkins For Decoupage?

  • Homegoods
  • Christmas Tree Shop
  • Tuesday Morning
  • Kirklands
  • Dollar Store
finished decoupage garden pot

How To Decoupage With Napkins To Make Beautiful Garden Pots

Yield: 1 Garden Pot
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5-$10

See how easy it is to make beautiful garden pots with decoupage and napkins. Keep an eye out for pretty napkins and enjoy this fun craft!

Materials

  • Terracotta Pots
  • Paper Napkins
  • Mod Podge
  • DecoArt Outdoor Paint
  • Foam Brush

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Give the terracotta pots a couple of good coats of white paint. 
  2. Let the clay pots dry.
  3. Unfold a few napkins and separate the layers.
  4. Cut out pretty blue and white chinoiserie style flowers from the napkins.
  5. Add Mod Podge on a paper plate and use a foam brush to add mod podge to the pot.
  6. Lay the flower cut outs on the pot.
  7. Lightly adhere the napkin using a foam brush.
  8. Smooth out any wrinkles with the foam brush, or lightly with your fingertips.
  9. Continue adding the napkin cut outs.
  10. Cover the entire garden pot with another layer of mod podge. 
  11. Spray with a couple of coats of polycrylic sealer.

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Thursday 29th of April 2021

What a great project for spring or summer! These would make a great Mother's Day gift filled with flowers.

ourcraftymom

Friday 30th of April 2021

Thanks so much Paula. I'm so happy with how they turned out!

Cindy

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

These are beautiful! Fantastic job!

ourcraftymom

Friday 30th of April 2021

Thanks so much!

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