Spray-Paint Pumpkins With Chalkboard Paint To Create Adorable Fall Flower Pots

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

Halloween and the other autumn holidays are great ways to celebrate traditions. But sometimes, it’s fun to put a little personal twist on those traditions and make something totally new!

This Halloween, a great spin on the classic jack-o-lantern is the chalkboard pumpkin flowerpot. This is a chic and modern take on the traditional fall decoration, and it has the added touch of being completely customizable.

The chalkboard paint allows you to write or draw your own message, and switch it up any time you like. You can also experiment with different colors, maybe even teal to let kids with allergies know your house has treats for them.

Here’s how to make your own…


  • pumpkin, whatever size you like
  • chalkboard spray paint (we used black, but you can use whatever color you like)
  • plastic cup
  • flowers (silk flowers are fine, too)
  • chalk
  • sharp knife
  • fork or spoon for scooping


  1. In a well-ventilated area and on a covered surface, spray-paint your pumpkin until evenly coated. You may need two coats. Let dry.
  2. Slice off the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the insides, the way you would for a jack-o-lantern.
  3. Slide a plastic cup inside the hollow pumpkin. You may have to trim the top down if you’re working with a small pumpkin. Fill with water if using real flowers.
  4. Arrange your flowers in the cup.
  5. Use chalk to write a spooky message or doodle on the pumpkin.
  6. Display in a prominent place. Try changing the messages daily!

Watch the video below to see how we made ours, and then try your hand at making one (or a few) yourself! And SHARE the idea with your friends to see what they come up with!

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