Colorful Chalkboard Paint Pumpkin DIY


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:

  • Pumpkins
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Gloves (if you don’t like getting paint on your hands!)
  • Paintbrushes
  • 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!



About The Paper Pinup

Hello, I'm Laurel! I live in upstate Manhattan with my boyfriend Charles. I'm passionate about papercrafts, art journaling and sewing as "craft therapy" and bring a fresh and irreverent approach to my projects. I'm also a swing dancer and love vintage style from the 1920s through the 1950s.