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Chinoiserie Pumpkins DIY – Blue and White Pumpkins with Decoupage Napkins

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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.

How to Decoupage with Paper Napkins and Make a Tray Look Fabulous. #2beesinapod #diy #easycraft #decoupage #tray #traydecor #traydecorideas #diyhomedecorideas

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.

Getting Started

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.

Thrift Store Tray Makeover. Be on the look out for trays in the thrift store great for makeovers.

  • 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?

I truly hope that you’re a fan – leave me a note!

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21 Comments

  1. I love it! Been wanting to do this myself. You have inspired me to do so!

    Great job!

  2. I love your pumpkins! I love blue & white as well, but have gravitated more to grays and teals…but when it strikes my fancy, my teal pieces can easily be replaced w another accent color. Love your Blog! Ellen from Mid-Mo

  3. Liz Bonin says:

    They are fabulous! I guess I’ll be going out looking for some cocktail napkins later today!😄

  4. A definite YAY!! These are beautiful, and I just love this idea. I will definitely be giving this a try.
    Bambi

  5. I seriously cannot get over how cute these are! I have those same foam pumpkins and will definitely be on the hunt for some pretty napkins. These are totally amazing! Hugs, CoCo

  6. I’m like blown away by this! This has to be the prettiest and stylish pumpkins around!

  7. These pumpkins are beautiful.

  8. I love blue and white. Where did you get the napkins??

    1. Thanks so much Rhondi! They were purchased at Tuesday Morning at a closeout sale.

      We hope that you give this project a try!

      Best wishes,

      Vicki and Jenn
      2 Bees in a Pod

  9. Peggie Russo-Millard says:

    Love these Pumpkins! They are beautiful.

    love

  10. These pumpkins are beautiful!!! Who would have guessed you decoupaged these with napkins. This is such a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing; I’m going to try this. I’m new to your blog site and just want to say I love it!!! Keep up the good work and looking forward to what you have for the holiday ahead.

  11. Hi. I know your in Ireland and I love your pictures since that is my dream vacation. I’ll just have it through you. Now about the blue and white pumpkins. My husband says it hurts his eyes but I love blue and white. So I have to be careful when I bring it in. To that end I have been looking for the perfect thing. I decided over a year ago that a serving tray would be perfect. Problem is I can’t find any napkins, tissue paper or anything. I can’t spend a lot and you found yours in my price range. Can you tell me where to go? Thanks Peggy

  12. Eleanor Hornbeck says:

    I love this idea. I like the “thriftiness” and love love love the color and design of the chinoiserie. Thanks for sharing it. So clever.

  13. LOVE all the pumpkins. Now to choose what napkins?
    This is my favourite blog !
    Always look forward to your projects.

    1. Hi Shari-

      We are so happy that you like our pumpkins.Choosing napkins for this project is the best part. Possibilities are endless, you can match your personal taste and decor and you can’t make a mistake!

      We would love for you to share a photo when you are done with your creation!

      All the best,

      Vicki and Jenn ~ 2 Bees

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