Today we’re working on a gorgeous, handpainted blue and white pumpkin. It’s a bit floral mixed with a dash of chinoiserie vibes.
This isn’t my first chinoiserie pumpkin… the amount of love and enthusiasm for my DIY tobacco leaf china inspired pumpkin was amazing!
I’m thrilled I’m turning more and more people into bonafide chinoiserie lovers one post at a time. You can view all of my chinoiserie decor and DIY’s here.
Acrylic Paint on Pumpkins
I promised you all fall tutorials all month long, and today I have another chinoiserie inspired pumpkin but this time we’re switching from vinyl to acrylic paint.
I love acrylic paint because it is easy to work with, super cheap and available in any color you can imagine. Acrylic paint is also very forgiving– if you mess up, you can paint over it and it’s easy to clean up using soap and water.
I’m using a medium sized white craft pumpkin, but truly this tutorial will work on any size pumpkin.
I highly recommend your pumpkin have a matte surface- acrylic paint won’t adhere very well high gloss surfaces. If you have a glossy pumpkin you want to use, I suggest spray painting a flat white color before proceeding.
Blue & White Pumpkin
Many retailers are selling blue and white pumpkins at a hefty price tag- I love this one from Ballard Designs and loosely used it as the inspiration for this pumpkin.
This blue and white pumpkin is meant to be hand painted, organic, imperfect and free flowing, so don’t overthink it and don’t be too critical on yourself, ok?
Also, all the blue paint I used is from Walmart and it’s the cheap 50-cents a bottle kind.
While it is not perfect like the store made ones, it is unique and totally fits in well with my ever-expanding collection of ginger jars.
Plus, this project is under $10-$15, so I could make 7 of these and still come out ahead to some of the chinoiserie pumpkins sold online.
You can use this same tutorial and get creative with the colors- a black craft pumpkin with hot pink, lime and white with gold accents would be a great Halloween or Dia De Los Muertos craft.
Take this idea and run with it, friends. Or simply swap the gold for silver or use both!
If you follow along these tutorials, you’ll have a collection of chinoiserie chic inspired decor by the end of this fall. If you have a tutorial suggestion, feel free to drop it in the comments section- I read every single one.
Fall Pumpkin DIY Tutorials:
And another super popular (it was featured by Oprah Magazine, House Beautiful AND Elle Decor) pumpkin craft of mine, is this gold dipped pumpkin tutorial: