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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Halloween Craft: Chalkboard Pumpkins

Where has chalkboard paint been all my life?! After using it for this craft project I'm completely hooked. And I can tell you, it's going to take all my crafty restraint not to paint the entire house with it because I love it that much. That said, don't be surprised if there's more chalkboard paint posts in the future because I'm already brainstorming.

As you can guess, I painted a pumpkin with some chalkboard paint. What I like about this project is that you can keep the pumpkin for years to come. Also, children can participate in this craft by drawing on the pumpkin. If they mess up, no problem, just erase and draw again.

Brief "how-to" below:

Craft Pumpkin
Painters Tape
Chalkboard Spray Paint - comes in orange too!

Cover pumpkin stem with painters tape. Spray pumpkin with about three coats of paint. Let dry for 24 hours. Start drawing.


Whitney @ Whisker Graphics said...

Ok, this is brilliant! I love decorations that you can change guilt-free year after year. You. Are. So. Clever! Can't wait to see what else you paint. :)

D said...

This is an awesome idea! :)
I've never heard of chalkboard paint before- is it washable?

zakkalife said...


Yes, it's washable just like a regular chalkboard.

Michelle L. said...

Perfect use for chalkboard paint! Not just for kids - I always want to change my punkin after it's carved - now I can and will! p.s. Jessica, I loved a suggestion you left as a comment over at my place, and am turning it into a regular feature. Thanks for the brilliant idea!

Christy クリスティ said...

awesome, brilliant idea. Your projects are the best!!

Lorie said...

I have a couple dozen pumpkins that I I was going to paint with chalkboard paint, but I bought a quart instead of spray paint and now I think I need to take it back!

sarah. said...

What a cool idea! The kids can draw a new jack-o-lantern face everyday.

Swirlyarts said...

This is such a great idea - I hope you don't mind but I have shared it on Cuteable this morning?


Christine @ Origami Mommy said...

I sense a new obsession coming on. The only thing restraining me is that I'm not sure where I can buy chalkboard paint in Japan. But when I go back to the States, watch out!

Alexander said...

Great idea for the festive. I will experiment with these.

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Rhonda said...

I love this idea! I will be mentioning it in a Halloween roundup at Dollar Store Crafts - look for it to be posted sometime in the next week or two! :)

Anna M. said...

This is fantastic, fully reusuable in more ways than one. And you could probably use if for Thanksgiving as well as Halloween.

Amanda said...

Is that a real pumpkin, or one of those "craft" pumpkins that they have at Michaels/Joann's? Wouldn't it still rot at some point? Hmmmmm... I'm curious now!

Very Cute!

Anonymous said...

Amanda, it says "Craft pumpkin" in the supplies list.

Amanda said...

LOL- Silly me, skipped right over the supplies list! That's awesome, thanks!

One Tired But Happy Mama! said...

Love this idea..I am featuring you on my blog tomorrow!!!


zakkalife said...

On Tired But Happy Mama,

Thank You! I'll make sure to stop by to see the post.

Demarcus Family said...

I made a black one last year.. but I have never seen orange chalkboard spray paint, please tell me where you got this!?

zakkalife said...

Demarcus Family,

I didn't buy the orange chalkboard paint but I did find it online. A quick google search should bring you to a retailer.

There's also a tutorial on Martha Stewart on how to make your own colored chalkboard paint. Here's the link:


hope this helps :)

Unknown said...

This is awesome! A must-try craft for Halloween... I also feature some of the best Halloween crafts in my blog too :)


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