Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and I wanted to create a unique, easy pumpkin DIY for you. I was inspired to do this tutorial from looking at some of Country Living’s Pumpkin Decorating posts on this topic, but wanted to do something a little more bright and fun than using plain white chalk.
This is a very simple project, and the total cost to make this project was under $20, including the pumpkins! This would be fun for kids to do, especially if you don’t want to carve.
Here’s a list of supplies you will need:
- Chalkboard paint
- Gloves (if you don’t like getting paint on your hands!)
- Chalk or chalk markers in different colors
- Washi tape for the stems
- Wax paper
- Piece of butcher paper or newsprint for workspace
1. Wash the pumpkins, dry them and take them to a clean dry workspace: I painted these outdoors behind my apartment on some leftover rosin paper. You could easily use butcher paper or newsprint.
2. Paint the pumpkins with chalkboard paint: Use big inexpensive paint brushes and paint two coats of chalkboard paint on the pumpkins. The chalkboard paint I got was a very inexpensive brand from Michaels. Put the pumpkins on wax paper to dry so they won’t stick as much to the paper. I painted the first coat in the morning, let it dry for several hours, and then did a second coat that I let sit overnight.
3. Draw fun, bold bright designs on the pumpkins: I used colorful Drawing Chalk from Crayola and had fun making random faces and hair on my pumpkins. Originally I had intended to use stencils, but found that they didn’t stick very well to the pumpkins once painted with the chalkboard paint.
4. Wrap Washi tape around the stems: A few years ago, everyone was buying Washi tape. If you have any left over from the Washi craze, wrap it around the stems! I found some orange Washi tape in the sale bin at Michaels and just used that to keep with the Halloween theme.
If I were to try this again, I’d try using chalk markers similar to these from American Crafts and see if I could draw more delicate, intricate designs than I could with the larger sticks of chalk.
If you try this, please post in the comments and let me know how it went! Enjoy your Halloween everyone!