Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Chalkboard Paint Pumpkins

HI All,
I had this wonderful idea (or at least I thought it was a wonderful idea) to paint a few pumpkins with chalk board paint for Peepers to draw on. Peepers is still too little to get into carving pumpkins & let's face it, the guts are gross (who wants to touch that icky stuff)!
Get yourself a few nice pumpkins & clean them off. If you are going to paint the whole pumpkin, tape off around the stem. Or tape off a square for your spooky/fall message to go.
Then paint. The instructions said a roller works best for applying the paint, but I used a brush & it worked fine. A roller would probably work best for a wall or flat surface. Let it dry & apply a second coat. It is wet in this photo... it is matte when it dries.
Wait 24 hours before drawing on it. The directions also said you need to "condition it" by rubbing chalk all over it & them wiping it off. Again, I did not do this on the pumpkins, but probably would on a wall. Cute huh? Peepers really enjoyed drawing on it too.
One Warning: After I wiped it down to start fresh, noticed that the paint " flaked" off in a few spots. I suggest that you draw gently on the pumpkin & make sure they are at room temperature before you paint them. I want to try this on a artificial pumpkin that you can buy at a craft store & see how well it washes/wears.
Here are 3 links for more painted pumpkin inspiration...
Thanks, Karla


  1. I love the chalkboard pumpkins! What a great idea! I have a can of chalkboard spray paint, I might have to make a WalMart run for more pumpkins! Thanks for the visit! {kenzie}

  2. I love your blackboard pumpkins, I'm going to have to get me a pumpkin and start playing. When you have time stop by and visit me. Take care =)

  3. Love it, just did it with spray chalkboard paint. The paint ran a little behind the tape even though I wrapped the rest of the pumpkin in paper...I'll figure it out after a few tries. My kids are 10,8, 7 and 6 and think it's the coolest thing!