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Chalkboard Dollar Store Pumpkins

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A few weeks back I spotted these carvable pumpkins at the local dollar store and the wheels in my brain started churning.  There must be something fun I could do with them.

Carvable Pumpkins

I’m all about options.  I change my mind on a regular basis.  So when Catherine suggested chalkboard pumpkins I was all over it.

First step: Prime

I whipped out my handy bucket of Kilz 2 Primer I use on everything, quickly turning my pumpkins white.

Primed pumpkins

It's not the picture, it's your eyes. Oh wait...it is the picture...sorry.

Step 2: Two Coats of chalkboard paint.  I used Rustoleum black chalkboard paint from Home Depot.

Painted PumpkinsStep 3: After letting the paint dry for at least 24 hours, rub chalk into the surface.

Striped pumpkinSince the pumpkins are bumpy I found working it in with my fingers helped.

Hand and PumpkinOnce the chalk was all worked in, I used an old cloth to dust any extra chalk off, leaving me with three chalkboard pumpkins ready for decorating.

Dusty Pumpkin

Step 4, or whatever step we’re on now: Decorate to my little heart’s content.

Now the possibilities are endless.  I can give a pumpkin one face, then change it tomorrow.  I can even use one as a calendar, announcing which day it is today.  And most importantly, I can let my three-year-old twins scribble all over them again and again.

Pumpkin tablescape

Can you guess which one the toddlers did?

I just need to get smaller chalk.  Sidewalk chalk isn’t very good for detailed pumpkin faces.  It’s on my list.


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