DIY Chalkboard Pumpkin Sign

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Make Your Own Chalkboard Pumpkin Sign for Halloween and Thanksgiving decor. It's really easy and really inexpensive to create this cute holiday addition!

Chalkboard.  It’s all the rave right now.  I see it everywhere and it’s awesome.  It’s adorable!  While picking up a few things at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago I found this super adorable wooden pumpkin that screamed “spray me with chalkboard paint and make me amazing!”  Not literally, but in my head it did!  This simple, thrifty project can work for Halloween and Thanksgiving since you can create your own sayings on the board anytime you want.  Here’s how you can make your own DIY chalkboard pumpkin sign!


  • Flat Wooden Pumpkin Cut Out from Hobby Lobby (About $3 with 40% off sale price).
  • Chalkboard Spray Paint ($4 at Home Improvement Store)
  • Plain Black Matte Spray Paint (Optional)
  • Chalk ($1 Target)
  • Total Project Cost For Me- $9.00

DIY Chalkboard Pumpkin Sign


Step 1: Sand the wooden pumpkin down on the side you plan to paint.  I used 400 super fine sand paper.

Step 2: Wipe off all the dust from sanding.

Step 3: I primed the wooden pumpkin with several coats of black matte spray paint so that I wouldn’t have to use so many layers of chalkboard paint.  Once you have good coverage with the primer paint and it’s dry, start your layers of chalkboard paint. (I did 4 coats of chalkboard paint).

DIY Chalkboard Pumpkin Paint


Step 4: Once all the paint has dried you are ready to decorate.  I used a box of colored chalk that I picked up from the school section at Target.  I outlined the pumpkin to make it pop.

Note: One thing I should have done first was “prime” the whole board with a light layer of white chalk and then erased it before I started writing.

DIY Halloween Chalkboard Pumpkin


Step 5: The Thanksgiving themed board below is the same as the Halloween one.  As you can see, I should have primed the board with a layer of white chalk before I wrote “Trick of Treat” on the first one but it turned out pretty cute in my opinion.

DIY Thanksgiving Chalkboard Pumpkin

I hope this post gives you a little chalkboard inspiration for your fall holidays.  I’m getting ready while drinking an iced pumpkin latte!  Do you have a favorite fall decoration that you enjoy admiring each year?  If you end up making one yourself I’d love to see pictures of your DIY chalkboard pumpkin sign!