No Carve Pumpkin Decorating for Kids with Chalkboard Pumpkins

Fun no carve pumpkin decorating idea for kids! Easy pumpkin decorating idea for toddlers using chalkboard paint and chalk.

I've seen so many wonderful ideas to decorate pumpkins without carving, but none of them seemed just right for my 2 year old twins. They love to paint, but they sometimes lose interest quickly and want a new piece of paper. I imagined them painting a pumpkin with one stroke then wanting a new one! I'm too frugal for that, so I wanted something that they could enjoy more than once.

They love chalk, and sometimes love erasing more than drawing. They really enjoy the repetition of drawing, erasing, and starting again. I thought we could incorporate this into our pumpkin decorating this year and our Chalkboard Pumpkin was born!

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The secret to this project is this awesome clear chalkboard paint. I used another chalkboard paint for a different pumpkin project and the DecoArt Clear worked a million times better. It doesn't peel and holds up to toddler heavy-handedness.

All you need is your pumpkin, chalkboard coating, and a sponge brush. Try to select as smooth a pumpkin as you can for a better drawing surface.

Apply your coating with the sponge brush in 2 coats - one going vertically down the pumpkin and one going horizontally around.  Wait an hour before applying the second coat.

Once your second coat is dry (mine took about an hour), prime the surface by rubbing some chalk on it and wiping off.

That's it! Let your toddlers enjoy drawing and erasing as much as they want. I got mine started with a jack-o-lantern face and let them embellish from there. It was fun! And it's great because we can do it over and over again.


  1. That is interesting! I had not seen chalkboard coating before! Thank you for sharing it with us! #Pintorials

  2. What a fun idea! Then you can wipe it off again and again!

  3. Clear chalkboard paint! Awesome -- I like the chalkboard pumpkin concept but didn't like the gray pumpkins. Can't wait to do this!

  4. Very smart! I've been trying to figure out what to do for my 3 year old that he would enjoy. Thanks for sharing with us at mommy needs a timeout thursday.

  5. This is such a neat idea! I want to grab one of the pumpkins from the porch and do this right now! I'm featuring it at this week's link party!

    1. Thanks Jennifer! I love your site - I'm honored to be featured.

  6. Thank you for joining in with Frugal Family Linky last week - your chalkboard pumpkins are featured this week - I LOVE them!


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