HHS (Happy Holiday Season)! October surely did creep up on us! Hope you all are enjoying the cool, crisp weather. This year we wanted to do a fun spin on the traditional pumpkin decor by using a more neutral color palette via chalkboard paint. Painting pumpkins is a game changer and takes much less time (and less mess) than carving a pumpkin. From there, you can add lettering, decorations/embellishments and even turn it into a vase to add some character to your pumpkins.
We went with a classic dark gray and lighter gray for our color scheme. There are a ton of colors to choose from - I'm eying some of those beautiful pastels for next time. Whatever you go with, remember to have FUN with it!
- chalkboard or matte paint (Michaels, $9 each)
- chalkboard marker (Amazon, $6.39) or white paint if lettering
- jewels or other embellishments (rhinestones, gold tacks - Michaels or other craft stores)
- craft glue or super glue
- Rinse your pumpkins with water to remove any dirt or debris that might be stuck on the outside. If you're using a pumpkin as a vase for florals, cut the top off and clean out the inside before painting.
- Paint away! You can tape off the stem at the top or just paint around the edges carefully (that's what I did). For the larger pumpkins, I painted the top portions first and let them dry before turning them over to paint the bottoms. I painted two coats on each pumpkin. After the pumpkins are dry you can add lettering or other embellishments.
- For the lettering, I used a pencil to lightly trace the outline of the letters. Then I used a chalkboard marker to paint the letters on.
- For the embellished pumpkins, I used glue to adhere rhinestones to the top of one pumpkin. For the other, I used gold tacks to line the creases of the pumpkin.
- For the pumpkin vase, I used a gallon sized ziplock bag to line the inside of the pumpkin in order to pour water in it. I didnt know how the inside of the pumpkin might fare if I poured the water directly in (possible mold?!).
PUMP(kin) IT UP!