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How To Make Viral Terracotta Pumpkins From TikTok


If something goes viral, you know there is a reason to check it. Of course, there are all the delicious cooking videos on TikTok, including whipped coffee and lazy enchiladas. Then you have super useful finds, like the Stanley tumbler and every cleaning hack on #CleanTok.

However, some items go so viral that they immediately sell out, such as Pottery Barn’s terracotta pumpkins. 😭 Everyone was very excited about these handmade beauties. So don’t worry if you can’t get them in time! TikTok is here to help with a way for you own terracotta pumpkins. And we’ll be the first to admit that they make the most charming fall decor.

Pottery Barn

People make their own terracotta pumpkins at home, and they’re basically a Pottery Barn dupe! This iteration of farmhouse-style decor has been viewed 145.3 million times, and it’s super easy to recreate at home. This lifehack is perfect if you can’t justify buying expensive terracotta work. How does it work?

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You need to gather your materials: faux pumpkin, earth paint, a brush and baking soda. (That’s right, you only need four tools!)


Start by mixing your colors well until they are fully integrated. In Morgan Winton’s TikTok, she used terracotta, sienna brown and white. If you want to use colors you already have around the house, follow Katelyn from Farm Charm Homestead’s example — she used orange, brown, and white. By mixing these together you get that beautiful, earthy red-brown color.

Grab your paintbrush and cover the pumpkin completely (many bloggers use plastic or dollar finds). Finally, you want to achieve that slightly dusty look that terracotta pumpkins have. To do this, use your paintbrush to coat the pumpkin in a thin layer of baking soda. Some bloggers also pour a little baking soda into their paint mix and apply an extra brush of powder to the painted pumpkin.

Let your pumpkins dry and start brainstorming how you’re going to display them in your home! If you’ve purchased a small set, consider placing them by your fireplace as a backdrop for an autumn mantle. Larger pumpkins can look great on porches, on tables or on windowsills. Personally, we say go big or gourd At home! 😉

Faux Pumpkins
FolkArt Terracotta Acrylic Craft Paint Set
FolkArt Terracotta Acrylic Craft Paint Set
Pure Baking Soda
Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda
Paint brushes

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Micaela Bahn is a freelance editorial assistant and recent graduate of Carleton College, where she majored in English literature. She likes running, photography and cooking the best new recipes.