Crafting Fall Magic: Enchanting DIY Pottery Barn Pumpkin Dupe

As the leaves start to turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and gold, and the crisp scent of autumn fills the air, it’s time to embrace the season’s magic through your home decor. Fall is not only a time for cozy sweaters and pumpkin-spiced everything, but also a chance to get creative and infuse your living space with warm and inviting aesthetics. And what better way to do that than with some captivating DIY projects? Enchanting Pottery Barn dupe idea, whimsical clay pumpkins that will make your home ready for the magical season. 

Bring Luxury Home on a Budget

Pottery Barn has a reputation for luxurious and timeless decor pieces, but their price tag can be a little scary! Their products are definitely worth the money but I can’t get everything I want so lets figure out a way to get something amazing. 

With a bit of creativity, you can have a home that looks like a million bucks without spending it. Here is how to update some inexpensive plastic pumpkins and turn them into pottery barn terra cotta clay elegant pieces. 

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When it comes to fall decor, pumpkins are the undeniable stars of the show. But this year, let’s give them a twist! Put aside the classic orange hues and dive into the world of terra cotta pumpkins. These versatile creations allow you to explore an array of colors, textures, and designs that suit your personal style. Whether you’re into minimalist chic or boho vibes, clay pumpkins can be customized to match your vision. Imagine a table centerpiece featuring an assortment of muted clay pumpkins the epitome of fall sophistication.

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Step by Step Guide

These terracotta pumpkins are a quick and cute addition to your fall decor.  They are timeless and would make a beautiful addition to your home from September through Thanksgiving.  I chose to do pumpkins that aren’t carved so they are not Halloween specific.  This technique looks amazing with either.  You will have elegant and pretty decor pieces that look expensive but are not a lot of money.   

Step 1: Gather your Supplies

These adorable pumpkins are a quick one night project.  After you have gathered your supplies you’re ready to get going. 

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Step 2: Mix the Paint with Baking Soda

This is a fun step.  It involves a little science, that I can’t explain but it is fun to watch.  Of course I don’t measure the paint and baking soda but it is about a 2 to 1 ratio.  Two parts paint to one part baking soda.  I have used baking powder on other projects and it works out just as well so choose which ever one works best for you.  I picked up a sample can of paint from Home Depot but you can also get some from the link above. 

Pour the paint into the paper bowl, then add baking soda.  I was doing 3 larger pumpkins so I used about 1/2 c of paint and 1/4 c backing soda.  

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After dumping in the baking soda I stirred the mixture with the foam paint brush.  I think using a stir stick or spoon would work better but the brush got the job done and was one less thing to clean up. 

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Step 3:  Painting your Pumpkins

Adding the baking soda to the paint creates a chemical reaction.  It will thicken your paint and get the perfect terracotta texture. 

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Because the baking soda thickens the paint it only required one coat with a few touchups to make sure it was all covered.  Because it only required one coat of paint it is a quick project. 

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Step 4: Adding Chalk for a Clay Look

To get the high end look you are after you need to add powder chalk for a true terra cotta look. 

You can grab the link to ground chalk above, it only took a little so you don’t need to purchase a huge amount.  

I painted all three pumpkins then started adding the chalk to the first one.  The paint was a little wet.  I wanted it to be a little wet so the chalk would stick, so there wasn’t a trail of chalk powder all over the place.  

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Step 5: Let Dry and Brush off Excess Chalk

These adorable pumpkins turned out so good.  They are a perfect pottery barn dupe.  After they dried I took a few minutes and brushed off some of the extra chalk dust.  This is one of those projects that you get to do what you like. There is no rule about how white you make them.  If you bush off too much you can always add more.

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I used the wax paper to sit the wet pumpkin on.  It makes clean up so much easier.  Plus it doesn’t stick.  Back in the day I used newspaper but things always stuck so wax paper or waxed paper plates are perfect for these types of projects.

Step 6: Decorate and Enjoy

As fall approaches and Halloween whispers its eerie tales, there’s no better time to transform your living space into a haven of autumn charm. With this Pottery Barn dupe, you will have a home that radiates warmth, style, and the magic of the season. So roll up your sleeves, put on your creative hat, and let this DIY projects be your guide to a fall and Halloween to remember!

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