Skip the knife, save a pumpkin!

DIY Chalk Paint Mini Pumpkins

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a fool for the Fall. Come October, I’m hunting for any little hint that the season is changing—a slight chill in the air, a red leaf hanging from an otherwise green tree. And the minute that mercury drops, I make a beeline to the pumpkin patch!

This is where the “fool” for Fall comes in. Every year without fail, I buy our pumpkins early, the kids and I have a crazy pumpkin gut-slinging good time carving them, and two days later the temperature rises and the pumpkins are reduced to a stinky mushy mess on our front porch. Determined to get more mileage out of our pumpkins, we decided to try a new pumpkin decorating technique this year. Enter the Mini Painted Pumpkin Patch!

DIY Chalk Paint Mini Pumpkins

Sure, everyone loves a big, round pumpkin. So why use tiny pie pumpkins? Because everything’s better mini! Not only do these tiny painted pumpkins run laps around their carved cousins, they make adorable handmade gifts that will warm the homes of your friends and family.

DIY Chalk Paint Mini Pumpkin

If you’ve ever tried painting pumpkins before, you know how hard it is to get the paint to stick. We have the perfect solution: FolkArt Home Décor Chalk Paint and Handmade Charlotte stencils. The paint adheres to just about anything without priming or prep, and the peel-and-stick stencils make clean, precise designs a snap. Pair the two together, and you have an easy-as-pumpkin-pie art project for the whole family!

What You Need

DIY Chalk Paint Mini Pumpkins

How-To

DIY Chalk Paint Mini Pumpkins

Step 1
Clean the pumpkin with a damp sponge and wrap the stem with painter’s tape. Make sure the pumpkin is clean and dry before you begin to paint. Once you have planned your design, you can begin painting! Use the sponge brush to apply a solid coat of paint. It shouldn’t take more than two coats.

DIY Chalk Paint Mini Pumpkins

Step 2
After the paint has dried, apply the stencil. Lay your stencil flat over the pumpkin. Make sure there are no edges sticking up. Apply the paint in repeated, small dabs with your dauber until the area is completely painted. Wait for the paint to dry before removing the stencil. Repeat until your pattern is complete!

DIY Chalk Paint Mini Pumpkins

Step 3
For a striped pumpkin, use painter’s tape to create stripes down the side of the pumpkin. Apply paint to the exposed areas with your sponge brush. Wait for the paint to dry before removing the tape.

DIY Chalk Paint Mini Pumpkin Patch

With FolkArt Home Décor Chalk Paint and Handmade Charlotte stencils this is a no-fail project, so don’t be afraid to go totally wild with this super cool pumpkin patch.

Happy crafting ;-)

 

  • Witt Langstaff

    These look amazing! Nice work!

  • http://www.conbuenritmo.com/ Remei Gómez Gracia

    Oh wow! These look sooo cute! :D They remind me of Easter eggs! Much more creative and less messy than carving! Thanks for sharing!

  • Amber Bensted

    These look so cute! Such a nice twist on the traditional!

    ambertealights.blogspot.co.uk

  • Fun at Home with Kids

    Oh my gorgeous! Love the stencils – that makes it so easy!

  • Kenni Raye

    This will be our Saturday DIY craft!

  • southerninstitute

    These are adorable! Anything to avoid the big goopy mess too, lol!

  • Melissa Q

    These looks so cool! Decorating a pumpkin like this is so much more my style, I’m not very adept with the whole knife and pumpkin thing. Might have to try to convince the family to go with this idea!

  • http://www.smallforbig.com/ small for big

    Those colors make them better than just Halloween pumpkins, I think they’d last at least through Thanksgiving!

  • http://www.smallforbig.com/ small for big

    I’m with you Melissa! I have overly high expectations for my carving ability, and always mess it up!

  • http://www.craftingconnections.net/the-blog/ Andrea :: Crafting Connections

    Painting pumpkins is something we do every year, but I’ve never thought to use stencils – brilliant!

  • t.potts

    I agree, stenciled pumpkins! !!

  • t.potts

    Yay, I’m using the stencils tomorrow. …love that idea.

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Mari,

    They will they will! We are completely nutty over the new FolkArt Chalk Paint. It seriously turns just about any surface into awesomeness. I’m going to get you some in the mail. You will flip out!

    XO,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Melissa,

    OK so we love carving them but they turn into a gnat crawling mush fest in just a few days. I will continue to carve but like to have a few that will last for at least a month. You can also re- use the stencils for more projects later on.

    Thanks for stopping in!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi!!

    The chalk paint and the stencils are really fun to use. The stencils make it fail-proof for kids and for adults. The chalk paint doesn’t need a primer and dries fast. I like fast results!! And the goopy, yucky, icky…No thanks! :)

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Jess,

    Oh you’re so nice and happen to be one of my very favorite makers + bloggers + all around great gal. This comment makes me leap with joy!

    XO,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Kenni Raye,

    Mason will love it! The results are perfect every time. Please send photos!!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Asia,

    Thanks Thanks Thanks!!

    XO,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Tracy,

    Stenciled pumpkins rock!!!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Amber,

    Thanks and ummm Thanks! We had a blast making them.

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Remei,

    I never made that connection. They look a lot like Easter eggs. Easter eggs in disguise or pumpkins cross dressing or something! :)

    XO,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Witt,

    Hey man! Thanks for the comment. I think Addie bought around 50 pumpkins for this project. You’re about to marry one talented woman.

    Yes!!

    Rachel

  • http://www.smashedpeasandcarrots.com Maggie::SmashedPeasandCarrots

    This would be perfect for our Halloween party!!!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Maggie,

    Ive said it before and ill say it again. I love love love Chalk Paint. FolkArt chalk paint is affordable and the color selection makes my heart leap with joy.

    Smashed Peas + Carrots Forever!

    XO,

    Rachel

  • http://lovefromberlin.net/ rae

    I absolutely love this idea, not just for halloween but for the whole fall season.

    rae of love from berlin

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    HI Rae,

    Thanks for the kind comments! Im in love with Chalk Paint and our new peel + stick stencils. They really do work incredibly well. I love the name of your blog! I’ll check it out soon.

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Rachel Faucett

    Hi Tracy,

    Awesome!!!

    Rachel

  • Caroline Farley

    Love this! Could I paint the pumpkin then carve it also?

  • tamlynfox

    How long long do these pumpkins keep, before they have to be tossed?