Of course, instead of working on the pumpkins that I had the wood cut for originally, I got a brainstorm for those leftover pieces. My finished product ended up being a couple of cute chalkboard pumpkins for my grandsons.
These were a quick and easy little project. I've jotted down some instructions so you can make some too:
- Cut wood to your desired size. I used 2" x 8" x 10" pieces of pine.
- Sand the wood pieces. I didn't sand them until they were smooth as glass because I wanted a rustic look and also because I hate sanding, even with power tools.
- Drill a hole in the top of the board for the stem. I used pieces of a tree branch, but you can also use a dowel rod. The pieces are approximately 4" long. I just eyeballed a size that I liked.
- Tape off the front section that will be the chalkboard. I covered the entire area.
- Paint the wood pieces orange. I used acrylic craft paint. It took two coats to get a good coverage.
- Sand the edges of the pumpkin to distress it. Do not remove the tape covered front.
- Stain the painted areas of the pumpkin. Wipe off the excess stain to your liking. I used a dark walnut color.
- Spray a coat of sealant on the paint. I used a satin finish polyurethane.
- Remove the tape from the front and retape the edges of the painted area.
- Paint the front with chalkboard paint. It takes 2-3 coats.
- Remove the tape. You can paint little details around the edge of the chalkboard. I'm not an artistic painter, so I made some simple dots and lines in green to give it a little color.
- Glue the stem in the hole.
- Tie a raffia or jute bow around the stem.
- Draw a cute jack-o-lantern face, fun saying, initial or other design with chalk.
Now back to my original pumpkin project! Happy Fall Ya'll!