Today, we’re sharing a super simple Fall craft idea, Brown and White Transferware Pumpkins!
If you asked me what my favorite thing to collect is, I would definitely have a hard time trying to narrow it down. I guess my top three would be ironstone, brown and white transferware, and old trophies.
And while we’re being completely honest, I have trouble turning down vintage dishes, weathered books, baskets, portrait paintings, and embroidered linens too.
Treasure hunting before the pandemic hit was one of my favorite activities. I miss it something fierce and I know so many of you do as well.
There’s just something about strolling rows of vintage finds that puts me in the best mood and fills my creativity cup instantly.
I can distinctly remember falling in love with brown and white transferware when my Mom gifted me a piece of royal memorabilia one year for my birthday.
That one gift continues to send me down the rabbit hole at antique markets, estate sales, charity shops, and scrolling the pages of Etsy for longer than I’d like to admit.
Brown and white transferware, like ironstone, is getting really hard to find in our area. Especially at a reasonable price.
So, whenever I see a piece I like, I all but scoop it up immediately, even if I’m on vacation.
It’s been so much fun to prepare our home for Fall lately. I’ve really enjoyed adding moody colors throughout the house and on the porches too.
Over the weekend, I was on the hunt for mums and pumpkins to finish up the front porch. While I found 2 gorgeous mums, we couldn’t find a single pumpkin to bring home.
Thankfully, we had extra dollar store pumpkins and a set of beautiful Thanksgiving napkins at home which meant, making brown and white transferware pumpkins would be an easy peasy afternoon craft project.
Here’s a look at how you can DIY brown and white transferware pumpkins too…
Brown and White Transferware Supplies:
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- Pumpkins (we found these Styrofoam pumpkins at the Dollar Tree)
- White spray paint (we spray painted our pumpkins white and cream)
- Paper napkins (we ordered these napkins from Amazon)
- Mod Podge
- Craft or sponge brush
- Pumpkin stems (we made these from branches in the yard)
- Tarp to cover your work surface
- Wax Paper to hold your pumpkins while they’re drying
- Embellishments, optional (we used thrifted ribbon)
Brown and White Transferware Steps:
Gather your supplies and lay a tarp over your work surface area, as this project can be messy.
If your pumpkins are orange, you’ll need to spray paint them white in advance of starting this project. The napkin overlays are tissue paper thin so your pumpkin color will show through.
Also, you’ll need to make sure your spray-painted pumpkins are completely dry before moving on to the following steps.
Using caution and care, as scissors will be sharp, cut your napkins into small strips, and set aside in a pile.
Then gently tear away all the layers of the napkins save for the top layer that has the napkin graphics.
Apply Mod Podge directly on the pumpkin with a craft or sponge brush. Make sure you do one small section at a time.
Then, lay a piece of the napkin over the area where you brushed on the Mod Podge and gently press the napkin into the pumpkin.
Keep repeating this process until the entire pumpkin is covered with your napkin graphics and Mod Podge.
Finally, paint the entire brown and white transferware pumpkin with another layer of Mod Podge to make sure it’s sealed.
Allow to dry completely (at least 30 minutes) on wax paper.
Keep in mind, the Mod Podge will cause the pumpkins to stick to whatever they’re resting on, so you’ll want to make sure you keep rotating them until they’re completely dry.
After the brown and white transferware pumpkins have dried, embellish if desired. I gently twisted off the foam pumpkin top and replaced it with part of a branch we found in the yard that had been well cleaned, dried and sealed.
I also decided to add a thrifted pink ribbon to one of the pumpkins, but you can embellish them any way you want.
Decorating with Pumpkins…
Keep in mind, if you have napkins with a large graphic like we did with this turkey, consider allowing these DIY brown and white transferware pumpkins to do double duty.
We’re planning to remove the stems, flip them over and use them on our Thanksgiving tablescape too ?
While I don’t really need anything, I’m hoping to bring home some special pieces to help mark the occasion. And of course, something that will compliment these DIY brown and white transferware pumpkins too.
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- Fall Porch Decorating Ideas