Seasonal Pumpkin Project

I hope everyone had a safe and happy halloween. I thought I’d share with you this great pumpkin chalkboard project I did recently. Instructions can be found here. Because you’re painting your pumpkins black instead of keeping them in their original orange color, you can cleverly take the “halloween” out of your pumpkins and carry the theme into next month’s seasonal decor, but with a versatile and creative twist. 

So here’s what I did. I started with three plump orange pumpkins…


Then I went to Home Depot and bought a rattle can of Rust-Oleum black chalk board spray paint.



Moments after being sprayed, they start out really shiny, then when dry they turn a dull, matted black…




Once fully dry, I carried my pumpkins inside and pulled out my box of chalk. I wrote on them “trick” – “or” – “treat” for halloween. Now that that’s passed, I will erase that and write something more fitting for Thanksgiving. Ah the beauty of chalk and do-over’s…




Don’t you just love the silhouette of the black against the backlight?




The burlap pillow cases, used as table runners, were purchased at an antique store. The faux leaves are from Michaels, and the seasonal berry garlands are from Home Goods.




Happy Fall!

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40 Responses to Seasonal Pumpkin Project

  1. { L } says:

    I would have NEVER thought of this! What a perfect idea. It turned out well too.

  2. Catherine says:

    Absolutely brilliant! I love this idea. Will remember this for next Halloween! Thanks for the great inspiration!

  3. {Bellamere Cottage} says:

    Crazy about this idea! Thanks…


  4. Shannon says:

    Love chalkboard paint! Great idea!

  5. The Redhead Riter says:

    Double, double toil and trouble;
    fire burn and cauldron bubble.
    ~ Shakespeare "Macbeth"~


  6. Jenn Farese says:

    This is Awesome. That darn chalk-board paint can be used for SO MANY THINGS! Love it!!

  7. Lillie Mae Acres says:

    GREAT idea with the chalkboard paint. Yes, the black looks great.

  8. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Love it! Who would of thought you can paint pumpkins with chalkboard paint!

  9. Mimi and Tilly says:

    I love, love, love this idea! I have a big ole pumplin sitting here that would look great painted up and on the work surface in my kitchen with my shopping list doodled on the side!

  10. barefootinthesand says:

    What a great idea!!! THe whole set up looks awesome!

  11. Lettered Cottage says:

    This is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing it. I'm definitely going to give it a whirl. It's perfect for the Lettered Cottage! :-)


  12. Suzann @ The Olive Cottage says:

    I'm doing this next year for sure!!! Great idea.

  13. Shelia says:

    What a great idea!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  14. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    What a great idea to use the chalkboard paint. I painted several pumpkins this year, but not with chalkboard paint. Thanks for the inspiration. Your look adoreable. Hugs, Marty

  15. someplace in thyme says:

    Ok. that my friend is just too cute, Char

  16. fannipauline says:

    My idea would be to take it a step further and paint beautiful Fall leaves on it or glue or pin beautiful silk leaves on it. I always use to paint designs on my pumpkins I was going to use for a centerpiece. In fact when I had my Gift Shop I sold many of them and did custom orders. Blessin gs to you and I enjoy your Blog so much……..Pauline

  17. BARGAIN BEX says:

    This is such a clever little idea to carryover decorations from one holiday to another (I love the stark black and white contrast)

    May just have to get myself down to my local Home Depot and get to spray paintin' and chalkin' it up!

    Thank you for such a fabulous idea!


  18. Cindy@Cutepinkstuff says:

    Jennifer, you are getting so crafty! Cute idea.

  19. Valerie says:

    What a creative idea! Can't wait to try it! I am filing this idea away at

    Thanks for sharing!

  20. Mimi Sue says:

    Great idea.

  21. Alison Gibbs says:

    Jennifer what a fun idea. They look sensational

  22. Lisa says:

    This is a great idea! Now I have something I can do with my pumpkins left over from Halloween. Love your blog Jennifer!

  23. Ginger says:

    I LOVE IT~~ What an great idea, your the best. I love your new cottage I stop by often just to look and get ideas for my home. I have a traditional hutch in my dinning room, but I love your shelfs that you but in yours and the long table you built it's all breath taking, where do you get your energy? OH~~ I visited the cottage of the month OH~~~It is expectational! I even had to show my husband, it is what my baby cottage whats to be when it grows up. Jennifer once again thank-you for all of your hard work I appreciate all of your hard work.I can't wait to remind my blogging friends to stop by and see your cottage of the month.

  24. Jeanne says:

    Jennifer, I came over from Ginger's blog. I love your cottage of the month. Great photos.

    The makeover on the pumpkins would never occur to me. A fun idea that I will remember.

    Hugs, Jeanne

  25. maría cecilia says:

    Very beautiful Jennifer, love how you wrote on them, great idea.
    Have a happy fall too.
    Maria Cecilia


    I love it Jennifer!!

  27. Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage says:

    So, so smart! AND so, so beautiful! Now you have my wheels 'a turnin' about what else it could be done with. Hmmmm…

    Thanks for the great inspiration!

  28. fra says:

    What a beautiful idea! I love your blog!
    Francesca from Italy

  29. Tammy @ says:

    This might be my favorite pumpkin idea! Definitely filing it away for next year. Love it!!!

    Best wishes,

  30. twojunkchix says:

    What a FAB idea! LOVE it!

  31. Patti's Artful Design says:

    Very good idea, Jennifer…'s on the list for a next year project!

  32. Cheryl says:

    What a great idea!

  33. Barbara Jacksier says:

    You clever girl! I really must go get some black paint to keep on hand.

  34. I Love Flowers says:

    marvellous idea.. never occurs to me … superb idea…

  35. Janean says:

    fresh idea!!!!!!!!

  36. Kacey says:

    What a fun idea! Definitely trying it next year.

  37. Southern Lady's Vintage says:

    How cute!!!

  38. Brittany says:

    Love this idea. I'm featuring it on my blog sometime soon! Thanks for sharing!

  39. hotpants™ says:

    I just found this post through an image on Pinterest. I am so doing this. Love!

  40. PeaceLoveApplesauce says:

    This is fantastic.. I love it!


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