Thursday, October 27, 2011

ANYTHING GOES THURSDAY: Chalkboard Pumpkin How To


I know, I know, I've been completely MIA lately and I am sooooo sorry!  We're finally moving into our new house next week and the last minute details have been taking up all of my time.  But with Halloween just a few days away, I wanted to share a quick and easy DIY project that your kids will love - chalkboard pumpkins!


Gabrielle and Alaina had a blast picking out pumpkins at the pumpkin patch:


And they loved decorating them.  Until..... they were decorated.  Then they wanted to decorate another one but the last thing I wanted to do was buy an endless supply of pumpkins.  And then I remembered seeing chalkboard pumpkins on Pinterest (where else?) and I decided to give it a go.

The process was super simple.  I bought a can of Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint for $4 (you could also use the kind you brush on):


Then I taped off the stems of two pumpkins (you could spray paint them, too, if you want), laid them on some plastic:


And got to spraying.  After two coats, they looked like this:


I let them dry overnight and surprised the girls with them the next day after school.  They were so excited!


And can't get enough of re-decorating their pumpkins over and over again.


I posted about this project on Facebook last week and one of our readers, Heather, made a great point - be sure to use stick chalk, not chalk pens, or else you'll get "ghosting" and the images won't completely erase.  As you may be able to tell from the pictures above, we used sidewalk chalk on ours since it's what we had on hand.

Hope you liked this little Halloween how-to and I'd love to hear how you decorated your pumpkin this year!  Did you carve it?  Paint it?  Glam it up with glitter?  And for more Halloween crafts and ideas, be sure to check out my Haunted Halloween board on Pinterest!

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2 comments:

  1. I think this is such a fabulous idea for kids! I would also like them as decor instead of the normal orange. Great idea!

    -Jen

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  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [28 Oct 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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