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Chinoiserie pumpkins are so beautiful – and also very expensive. I figured out a way to DIY a version for just a couple dollars.
Do you remember a few months ago when I went on my trip to Los Angeles? If not, You can read about it HERE. Anyway, on that visit I was grateful to happen upon a Tuesday Morning store during an 80% off closeout sale. I shared with y’all about my craft and decorative napkin purchases. Yes I realize it’s was a bit crazy to tote these items in my suitcase all the way across the country.The deals were just too great to pass up! I bought so many packs of pretty napkins because after the discount they were only .20¢ each! Right in that moment the idea of chinoiserie pumpkins was born.
They are more than just napkins
These black and white botanical napkins are gorgeous.
My friend Darlene loved the tray that I made her for her birthday. You can read the tutorial post HERE.
Aren’t these blue and white chinoiserie napkins beautiful too? Again, each packet was only .20¢.
BTW What is Chinoiserie
It’s just a fancy word for an antique object or decoration. LOL
Here’s another thrifty tip…currently the Dollar Tree has these medium sized styrofoam pumpkins for – you guessed it, $1.00! Currently – it is not very pretty. But I know how to change that.
The stem is easily removed because it is only held in place with a toothpick.
The napkins are in 3-ply. Pull them apart and only use the outer layer.
Use white paint on the outside of the pumpkins to cover-up the bright orange color. This prevents it from showing through the paper. You might need to paint a second coat.
Oh, I also purchased these plastic pumpkins at the Dollar Tree as well. They are getting the same treatment.
After the white paint completely dries, I am ready to start decoupaging the napkins to the pumpkins. There is really no right or wrong way to do this.
- After applying a generous coat of Mod Podge® to the pumpkin.
- I just laid the center of the napkin onto the center of the pumpkin.
- Using scissors, cut a small hole in the middle where the stem would normally be.
- Working as quickly as possible, I smoothed the bubbles and wrinkles out of the napkin as best as possible.
- Adding more Mod Podge as needed since it dries so quickly, I mashed down any bits or pieces that were sticking up.
- I gathered sticks and twigs from the yard.
- Using my garden loppers, I cut them down to a desirable length.
- I dipped one end into the Mod Podge and literally jammed the other end into the pumpkin. This makes for a more organic look, in my opinion.
Needless to say, I love how these turned out!
I’ve collected blue and white transferware since I was a teenager – and my obsession continues today.
Most of my home is decorated with blue and white. There is something so crisp, fresh and classic about this color combination that I have always been drawn to.
Why not have fall decor in the same color fashion? What do you think? Yay or nay?
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