Make a Chalkboard Pumpkin


Introduction: Make a Chalkboard Pumpkin

About: I run a little company that rebuilds old homes. When we aren't up to our elbows in demolition dust, I'm obsessed with recycling, crafting and cooking.

My daughter and I made a few chalkboard pumpkins from craft pumpkins. Use them to count down the days til Halloween, or draw a different jack-o-lantern face every day of October!

Craft pumpkin
chalkboard paint
paint brush

1. Wipe down the pumpkin to remove and dust or dirt.
2. Paint with chalkboard paint. We did 2 coats and let dry overnight.
3. Draw on a funny face with chalk!

Super easy and super fun!



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    Fluorescent chalk and a black light would make a cool effect

    Cool! I'm going to make one [:

    What a cute idea! You can change his face as many times as you want! Very creative.

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    This is cute. Makes me think of Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings.

    Thanks for sharing! I like this idea.

    This is an awesome idea, totally on my list for next year!

    5 Stars and my vote for a super-creative Instructable!

    My only concern might be that the pumpkin could rot sooner. I recently heard a program on NPR where some expert pumpkin carvers said a) never cut out the stem, because it helps nourish the pumpkin and keep it fresh, and b) refresh a flagging pumpkin by putting it in ice water for an hour or so. I think it might be suffocated by being painted all over. Let us know how long it lasts, okay?

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    Gotcha. I have never seen one of those, despite frequenting craft stores. Then again, I avoid the aisles with fake flora. :-)

    "craft pumpkin" = styrofoam.

    I love this, great idea!