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Brown and White Transferware Pumpkins

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.

Finding Inspiration…

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.

Drying Time…

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 ?

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how I want to decorate The Crowned Goat Cottage and all the goodies that will be available at upcoming Fall events like Fall in the Field and the Extravaganza. 

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.

Let us know if you make these brown and white transferware pumpkins and how you’re decorating for Fall this year. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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  1. CoCo I just luv this diy. I have a large collection of these dishes that were my mother’s and I luv the brown and white transferware so much too ?. Great idea!

    1. So glad you like this, Ann, they were so easy to make. Your Mom had such a great collection of goodies. I swear it’s so cool she saved them for you. Brown and white transferware is not easy to find down here so I’m always excited to hear about special collections and finds. Hugs, CoCo

  2. Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces says:

    This is so pretty. CoCo! Loving your decoupaged pumpkin!

    1. Thank you so much, Linda! I really appreciate it. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Vee! I’m always thankful when things turn out in real life like they do in my head ha ha. Hope you’re having a fabulous Fall season so far. Big hugs, CoCo

  3. loved this. looks incredible. You’re so creative.

    1. Aww someone is speaking my love language today, thank you for your thoughtful words, Lili. I hope you have the best time, safe travels and big hugs, CoCo

  4. Loving this project and your results are perfect. My house works with orange, but so many don’t and the decoupage treatment is a great way and fun way to transform ORANGE! Sandi

    1. Thank you bunches, Sandi! My Mom has lots of blue and white at her house and when she mixes it with orange, it’s so pretty. Your house is fabulous so I know all your touches of orange are amazing too. Hugs, CoCo

  5. I love all things Mod Podge. So your idea to use Mod Podge to create your transferware pumpkins is right up my alley… and your pumpkins turned out so adorabe!

    1. Thank you, Heidi! It was fun to take a little bit of time over the weekend to craft. It’s always relaxing but I’m definitely a messy creative 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  6. What a fun and beautiful craft! I love floral design, very interesting on a pumpkin. Such a great addition to any Fall decor collection!

  7. Love any color of transferware! These pumpkins are sooooo cute!! I love the one you made! I may try this, I think I can do this one! (I am not very crafty) I so enjoy your posts, our taste is very simular.

    1. You’re speaking my love language, Shelly, me too! I’m always on the hunt for a special piece but sometimes I feel like they’re unicorns he he. I promise you don’t have to be crafty to complete this project. It’s definitely messy at times but it’s one of those perfectly imperfect projects you can’t mess up 🙂 Thank you so much for your sweet and thoughtful words, I really appreciate them and you too. Big hugs for a happy day, CoCo

  8. Kristi @ Mulch and Paint says:

    Your pumpkin is beautiful! I enjoyed the story of your love for transferware. I also have a soft spot for vintage dishes and baskets and think the best way to spend a day is searching for treasures. Glad to find a kindred spirit! Thank you for sharing! Always enjoy your posts!

    1. So excited we’re kindred spirits, Kristi! You are always so creative so I take that as the highest compliment 🙂 These brown and white transferware inspired pumpkins were super easy to make and will definitely keep me hunting on the treasure trail. Hope you find lots of goodies on your adventures too. Hugs, CoCo

  9. This is so clever! I’m a Modge Podge beginner and even I think this is something I could handle. Definitely want to try this sometime! Really love the brown and white.

  10. Holy guacamole, I want to make these! Love those napkins and goodness gracious do I love some Mod Podge! Pinned 🙂

    1. Thank you, Cindy! I’ve collected brown and white transferware for a long time so it was exciting to see how they came together. Plus, I had some of the napkins leftover that I’ll be able to use at Thanksgiving too. Sending you hugs, CoCo

  11. I’m late to the party but this year I decided to try and collect brown transferware — nothing! Sigh. I love your collection. I also love those pumpkins. I also did some decoupage pumpkins this year — chinoiserie! Love em all:)n Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    1. I don’t know what it is lately Kathleen but ironstone, brown and white transferware, and even the blue and white transferware are all getting really hard to find at reasonable prices. I definitely keep my eyes peeled but it’s starting to feel like a unicorn out there. Loved your chinoiserie pumpkin so much. They were beautiful! Hugs, CoCo

  12. Coco these pumpkin look amazing. They look fabulous with your transferware. Who knew napkin and hodgepodge could transform pumpkins. Beautiful. xo

    1. Thank you, Linda! It’s always nice when things work out in real life like you think they will in your head. Especially, when it comes to messy craft projects 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Marie, I really appreciate it! We have plenty of napkins leftover to use this Thanksgiving too which is exciting. Hope your week is a happy one, CoCo

  13. I absolutely love this idea CoCo! I pinned and can’t wait to try! I love the browns and whites and I love transferware! Thanks for inspiring me always at Charming Homes & Gardens!

    1. Thank you so much, Kristin, I really appreciate it. You could totally rock this project! Hugs, CoCo

  14. SO SO in love with this amazing brown transferware pumpkin!! such a pretty display! Happy October, Coco!

    1. I really appreciate it, Debra, thank you! I know you can totally relate to loving transferware because I’m constantly inspired by the way you display it in your beautiful home. Hope your Fall season is a special one, CoCo

  15. This pumpkin is gorgeous! I’m going to try and make one. (Hopefully it will turn out as pretty as yours.)

    I’m going to feature this at our Party in Your PJs tomorrow night on my Grandma Ideas site. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful idea!

    1. That is so sweet, Nina, thank you! They were a little messy but definitely fun to make. Sending you hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  16. Absolutely wonderful crafting here, Coco! Just beautiful!

    I love brown transferware too – but it has gotten so pricey, agreed.

    Stay well. Happy Autumn to you!

    1. Oh my gosh, for sure, Michele! I’ve been amazed at how hard it has been to find and how expensive it’s gotten too. I’m still on the hunt though just in case I spot something special and I hope you find something special too. Hope your week is a special one, CoCo

  17. I love your transferware pumpkin and have pinned it. I’m going to try to make one and put it beside a brown and white transferware covered vegetable dish in my kitchen for fall. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

    1. Thank you so much, Karen! That sounds like such a pretty way to display them. I love brown and white transferware but it’s been so hard to come by lately. I’m still on the lookout though and I hope you’re still able to find lots of goodies too 🙂 Hope your day is a happy one, CoCo

  18. CoCo your pumpkins are stunning! Beautifully done. Thanks for the helpful tutorial. Pinned!

    1. Thank you so much, Debbee! They were definitely a lot of fun to make. Hope your day is a fun one, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Kim, I really appreciate your sweet words. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you bunches for the sweet feature, Theresa! These brown and white transferware pumpkins were definitely a lot of fun to make and decorate with this season too. I hope your day is a special one, CoCo

  19. These are all so gorgeous Coco! I love all your beautiful color combinations – they’re so fresh and lovely! Thanks for the great inspiration. I’m pinning, following, and subscribing! 🙂 Can’t wait for more!

    1. You’re so sweet, Barbara, thank you! They were definitely a lot of fun to put together this season. I have no idea why brown and white transferware has gotten to hard to find lately but I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled. Thanks so much for all your kind words and sweet support. I appreciate it. Heading over to find out what you’ve been up to now! Big hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Maristella, I really appreciate it. Hope you have the best week, CoCo

  20. Really cute pumpkins, CoCo!! I am on the hunt now for some brown and white napkins to makeover a few to pair with our brown fall tableware. <3 Happy to feature your post at this past week's Share Your Style #276.

    Enjoy your lovely transferware and pumpkins,
    Barb 🙂

    1. I was so excited to see that you featured these brown and white transferware pumpkins, Barb! They were so much fun to make and have me all kinds of ready to hit the treasure trail again. Can’t wait to see how your tablescape comes together. Hugs, CoCo

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