Chinoiserie pumpkins DIY the easy way, because who doesn’t want to create some beautiful without spending oodles of time (or money)! If you love design as I do, you may have noticed that deep blue is hot once in decor and Chinoiserie ginger jars are everywhere. I’ve had a long time love affair with blue in my homes and yet not so much the traditional colors of fall. Dare to be different and do your own thing is how things roll in our family. See that little Chinoiserie pumpkin in my table setting below? I’m going to share how to make your own and truly no skills are required.
You will need a few supplies, as in any craft project. They are not costly and some you’ll likely already have. I figure that way you have extra to spend on other things you’d like to decorate with.
Chinoiserie Pumpkins DIY Supply List:
- Small plastic pumpkins. I purchased THESE because Amazon is always a good idea.
- Chinoiserie paper napkins and THESE are some of what I used in this project.
- White school glue or Mod Podge if you prefer.
- Coated paper plate or small plastic container.
- Paint brush…I like to use a synthetic 1 12/2″ bristle brush, but you could use foam.
- Gloss spray sealer (optional) and I like THIS ONE.
So as you can see, nothing fancy required other than the blue and white paper party napkins. I had two packs of blue and white toile napkins left from THE WEDDING RECEPTION that I mixed in for variety.
Start by separating a few Chinoiserie paper napkins (or blue toile paper napkins) if they are 2 ply or 3 ply. It’s just easier to work with the paper being thinner. The paper will be thin, but it won’t matter if you accidentally tear some since these will be decoupaged pumpkins.
Next mix your glue or Mod Podge with some water about 50/50. The mixture should be thin since the paper is.
Application techniques for chinoiserie pumpkin diy
There are a couple of different ways to apply your tissue paper and one is to cut a hole where the pumpkin stem is. It doesn’t have to be exact….it’s decoupage after all!
Lay the tissue (aka – one layer of a napkin) over the pumpkin just to see how it will fit. I like to cover the plastic pumpkin all the way around so that there are options in the display of turning on the side. You’ll perhaps have to use several pieces of tissue depending on the sizes of both the pumpkins and the the blue and white paper napkins.
Take the paper off and while holding your pumpkin by the stem, give the pumpkin a light coat of the glue mixture all over. Then adhere the paper to the pumpkin by simply pressing down lightly with your fingers. Be gentle with the paper and if it tears, don’t worry as you can fill it in with a snippet of paper later.
Once you’ve covered the pumpkin allow to dry and then tear off some pieces of paper if you need to fill anything in. You can also just tear off pieces and glue them on randomly as the small pieces shown for another pumpkin below. Get creative and if you have several patterns of blue and white paper dinner or cocktail napkins…mix them up!
Some of you have asked where I get the stems. They come as part of the white crafting pumpkins and look somewhat realistic! You can often pop them out of the pumpkin to craft with them, but I find it better to leave them on for something to grab onto.
You can see it’s going to look lumpy, but should smooth out some when drying. Once it’s starting to set up you’ll be able to smooth it out and once it’s sprayed with the sealer it will help too.
These blue and white decoupage pumpkins are going to be the life of the party! I have them mixed in with some blue and grey velvet pumpkins below and everyone loved this look.
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This post has been updated in August 2020