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9/30 How to Make Chinoiserie Pumpkins

Monday French Country Crafts

· French Country Decor,French Country Craft,Country French Decor

One of the most gorgeous pumpkins we can make for this fall.

Chinoiserie Pumpkins


  • use matte Mod Podge
  • remember to remove the pumpkin stem before you begin and put it somewhere you can find it
  • this diy is not rocket science so don’t get stressed!
  • if the tissue tears don’t worry just paste it back on
  • I used one napkin per these pumpkins. The size of the pumpkin will determine how any napkinsyou will use.
  • don’t drench the pumpkin or napkin with Mod Podge. Make sure you have a nice even layer.
  • I put my pumpkins in progress on a piece of wax paper so they would not stick to my working surface
  • make multiple pumpkins at a time so you are not handling wet Mod Podged pumpkins
  • put your paintbrush in a glass of water during Mod Podge drying times
  • if the chinoiserie paper seems a little bit wrinkled after applying Mod Podge, don’t worry. Those wrinkles will be barely noticeable when dry


  • use white pumpkins 
  • matte Mod Podge
  • cocktail napkins
  • paint brush 
  • scissors

Step 1. First, cut the cocktail napkin to make a circle as shown below. Make the circle about 2/3 the height of the pumpkin.

The napkin I used was 3 ply. Separate each ply and only use the top layer printed with the chinoiserie pattern.

Step 2. Remove the pumpkin stem. Just pull and it will pop right out! This will make it easy to lay the napkin over the top of the pumpkin preserving the chinoiserie design.

Step 3. Paint Mod Podge over the top 1/3 of the pumpkin. Again, don’t worry if the tissue tears, just position it again.

Step 4. Lay the chinoiserie tissue over the top of the pumpkin with the middle of the circle over the hole where the stem was.

Step 5. Paint Mod Podge over the top of the tissue and gently press down. Only paint over the tissue as far down as it has adhered to the pumpkin.

Step 6. Using scissors cut the tissue that is not glued down into strips.

Step 7. One by one, paste each strip down to the pumpkin. Add a little bit of Mod Podge to the pumpkin and then smooth the tissue down on the pumpkin using your brush and finger with more Mod Podge.

The strips will overlap a little and you can cut any excess off as you go along. What makes these pumpkins so beautiful is that most of the pattern is intact and not patchworked together.

Step 8. Once all the side strips adhere to the pumpkin and it is dry, turn it over.

Step 9. Cut and rip the tissue into a shape that will fit 1/2 of the bottom of the pumpkin and adhere using the same process above. Finish the final piece of tissue the same way.


I first cut a piece of tissue a little larger than I needed and then tore the edges to fit.

Let the chinoiserie pumpkin completely dry. Find yourself come branches to use as stems. I poked through the hole through the chinoiserie paper in the top of the pumpkin with the back of a small paintbrush and glued a piece of branch in for the stem.

What do you think? Pretty gorgeous. Use these throughout your home with some of the other pumpkins we've made.

In case you missed them, here are the links for the other pumpkins we made.

And don't worry, there's other pumpkins that we'll be making in the upcoming months.

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