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DIY Blue & White Chinoiserie Pumpkin

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It’s August, so I think it is officially acceptable to post my first fall craft tutorial for a DIY blue and white china inspired chinoiserie pumpkin.

DIY chinoiserie pumpkins using blue and white decoupaged napkins

What I love about this DIY chinoiserie pumpkin is that it is easy, quick and so affordable if you can snag paper napkins for a great price and make a ton of them at once.

In case you’re wondering, I purchased this size of blue and white napkins, and it’s served me well for a HEAP of crafts.

DIY blue and white chinoiserie Christmas ornament tutorial dollar store decor

I’m still on the same pack of napkins I bought to use for these DIY blue and white chinoiserie Christmas ornaments AND these DIY blue and white charger plates that were two of my most popular blog posts of 2018.

Chinoiserie décor, especially affordable chinoiserie décor you can DIY, is super hot right now in the interior design world. I love that this modern chinoiserie decor trend is in full swing because it’s absolutely timeless and looks great no matter your style.

I think part of the reason modern chinoiserie is kind of a thing is that blue and white china, tobacco leaf and all of those patterns look good with literally any decor style. Farmhouse, eclectic, bohemian, rustic, glam or traditional with a twist…it simply works!

Ginger jars with peonies on a dining table for a centerpiece

If you’re looking for like-minded chinoiserie décor lovers, you’ll want to make sure and join my new Chinoiserie Decor Lovers Facebook group. We talk about our thrift hauls, estate sale finds and share our mutual love of all things blue and white, including ginger jars, pagoda mirrors, Staffordshire dogs and all things chinoiserie.

Decorating with Blue & White Pumpkins

These chinoiserie blue and white china inspired pumpkins will look great in small clusters in dough bowls, on garlands on a mantle, on wreaths or clustered on top of cake pedestals, books, or placed randomly in vignettes all over your end tables in your home.

DIY blue and white china chinoiserie pumpkins with mod podge

You could also pair these blue and white chinoiserie pumpkins with traditional orange pumpkins since orange is a color that works very well with blue and white. Velvet pumpkins would also look super luxe next to these pumpkins because of the contrast in patterns and textures.

For a more feminine vibe like mine, I’d suggest pairing the DIY chinoiserie pumpkins with big, colorful florals and blooms like I’ve done for these shots in this DIY pumpkin tutorial today.

DIY mod podge fall pumpkins for budget friendly, affordable decorating

If you made my Pinterest famous blue and white chinoiserie ornaments, you can totally use them for fall in a bowl as vase filler by simply rotating the ornament hanger to the bottom.

Truly, I suggest doing whatever makes your heart and home happy. If you love it, use it, display it, enjoy it.

Storing Decoupaged DIY Pumpkins

I did learn a tiny lesson last year when I made about 100 chinoiserie Christmas ornaments—if you live in a hot climate (like South Texas), you’ll want to store these inside somewhere and NOT in the attic or garage.

The glue will kind of activate and become sticky/gummy in the heat and your DIY ornaments, chargers, pumpkins or whatever décor you decoupaged or put mod podge on will stick together. They will be thick as thieves, and if you try to pull them apart you will likely rip the napkins right off. No bueno!

This happens even if you seal them, so I would adopt my approach and put them in a big Rubbermaid tote, Ziploc bag, shoe box or some sort of storage vessel and keep them inside.

I personally kept my DIY blue and white ornaments in plastic bags and slung them on top of a shelf in a closet.

DIY Blue & White Chinoiserie Pumpkin Tutorial

My pumpkins are from Hobby Lobby, and I snagged them in various sizes when they were on sale for 40% off.

When selecting pumpkins for this kind of project, you have to keep in mind that the color of the pumpkin will show through, so I feel it’s safest to stick to white/ivory type colors for these projects. Silver or gold metallic works, too.

DIY pumpkins: blue and white affordable tutorial for chinoiserie chic style

I also suggest picking pumpkins that are matte and rather smooth in texture so that you don’t end up with unnecessary bumps, texture or issues when applying the paper napkin onto it. You want these to chinoiserie chic and uncomplicated!

If you’re a little DIY apprehensive about fall crafts, or crafting in general, I assure you there is no way to screw this up. Don’t overthink it and embrace the imperfections!

DIY chinoiserie pumpkin using blue and white napkins and mod podge decoupage

DIY Chinoiserie Pumpkin

Yield: 12+ Pumpkins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Estimated Cost: $10+

This DIY blue and white porcelain china tutorial allows you to create budget friendly, high end inspired chinoiserie pumpkins for your fall home décor.

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Instructions

  1. You want to take your napkins and remove the plain white layers. Most napkins are 3-ply (meaning they have 3 layers), so you’ll likely end up with 2 layers to remove. I use these white layers as napkins to clean up my craft space so they don’t go to waste. Supplies for DIY mod podge pumpkins easy craft ideas
  2. Take your napkin layer that has the design on it and cut it into manageable strips/squares. Mine are roughly 3” by 2” and I also cut some smaller squares for those random bald spots where I just need a tiny piece. There’s no right or wrong way to do this. DIY chinoiserie pumpkins using mod podge and napkins
  3. Now that you have your napkin pieces ready, pour some mod podge on a plastic plate and grab a foam brush. Take your pumpkin and spread a thin layer of mod podge over a section. You want the section to be a good size, but not so large that the mod podge dries before you can get all the napkin pieces on it. Chinoiserie blue and white napkins on white craft pumpkin for DIY mod podge decoupage easy fall crafts
  4. Apply a few pieces of the napkin to the mod podged area (avoid covering the stem). Chinoiserie blue and white napkins on white craft pumpkin for DIY mod podge decoupage easy fall crafts
  5. Gently smooth out any wrinkles using the foam brush. Do not push the napkin around too hard or else you will tear your napkin- if this happens, remove the piece if possible and continue. Applying chinoiserie napkin to white craft pumpkin for fall decorating easy
  6. Repeat this process until your entire pumpkin is covered. Chinoiserie blue and white napkins on white craft pumpkin for DIY mod podge decoupage easy fall crafts
  7. Once you’ve got your entire pumpkin covered check for any bald spots and then gently cup the pumpkin with your hands to help smooth and mold all the napkins into place. This will also help release any tiny air bubbles.
  8. Apply a final coat of mod podge all over the pumpkin to seal it. Allow to dry and then decorate with it however you’d like. Mod podge pumpkins with blue and white chinoiserie napkins drying for fall decor
  9. OPTIONAL: Paint your stem with liquid gold leaf. I find it easiest to remove the stem, but if your pumpkin doesn't allow for that, simply use a small detail paint brush to carefully brush it on. Using liquid gold leaf to gild a fall pumpkin for decor and chinoiserie decorating

Notes

A little tip- if your napkins feature a logo on them of any sort, don't discard that part of the napkin-- just use it on the bottom so you can get the most from each napkin for this fall harvest craft. DIY mod podge pumpkins craft ideas for fall decor and decorating

Once the fall season is up, remember to NOT store these somewhere super hot.

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I love how these turned out, and you all know I love me some gold finishes, so I used some liquid gold leaf on the stems of each pumpkin. Blue, white and gold look so beautiful together.

DIY fall decor: chinoiserie blue and white pumpkins using mod podge and napkins

And truly, promise you won’t make just one of these DIY chinoiserie pumpkins? They look best in multiples in varying sizes, so make an afternoon of it and make several or host a girls night crafting party!

I have a few more variations using this same technique (with a twist!), so you’ll definitely want to make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of the affordable chinoiserie DIY tutorials I have planned.

DIY tutorial for blue and white porcelain china inspired pumpkins for fall tablescapes and decorating

DIY Chinoiserie Pumpkins:

If you’re more of a painting type, I have a tutorial on how to paint chinoiserie pumpkins:

DIY blue and white PAINTED chinoiserie pumpkin tutorial for easy fall crafts and decorating

For you tobacco leaf china lovers (by the way, have you read my guide to tobacco leaf china or the guide to removing paint from a tobacco leaf lamp?), I created a tobacco leaf china inspired pumpkin last year by using vinyl and a Cricut.

DIY tobacco leaf china pumpkin using a Cricut Maker and vinyl project idea.

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:

DIY Gold Pumpkin Tutorial Using Spray Paint

Not gonna lie, I’m totes in the mood for a pumpkin spice latte and some chilly weather.

Make sure to pin this on Pinterest or share on Facebook to spread the love. If you try this DIY chinoiserie pumpkin tutorial, share it on Instagram and make sure to tag me so I can show off your mad skills. xo!

Floranet

Wednesday 28th of August 2019

Easy to read and understand!! Thanks

Paula@SweetPea

Friday 16th of August 2019

Your pumpkins are beautiful! I used this technique with eggs this spring for Easter. Now I need to find some napkins to use for a fall pumpkin project.

Leslie

Thursday 15th of August 2019

Oh I cannot wait to try this!!!! What a smart crafty idea 💡! Thank you for sharing.

sandi magle

Wednesday 14th of August 2019

Hello, your blue and white pumpkins are lovely. Chicagoland is also humid. Sealing the pumpkins with a quality acrylic sealer will keep your pumpkins from deteriorating and sticky. I use high quality spray sealers in matte or satin finish, those most often used for craft painting or wood finishes. Happy crafting!

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