Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin

Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin



I am up to my elbows in acorns and spray paint and wooden bowls carved from stumps and mercury glass pumpkins….

….decorating for the fall house tour on Monday.

And I can’t wait to share it with you.

In the meantime….please enjoy a repeat of one of my favorite projects from last year.

Because nothing says fall….

….like a chalkboard word find pumpkin. 🙂


Remember when pumpkins were orange?

Back in the day.

Before anyone ever painted pumpkins?

Before burlap pumpkins and dryer vent pumpkins and can lid pumpkins and straw pumpkins and pumpkins made from pallet wood.

Just orange.

Orange pumpkins from the Piggly Wiggly with a carved face.

Nothing too fancy…..

…just a face with triangle eyes and a triangle nose and a moon for a mouth.

And some years you were extra fancy and cut a snaggle tooth grin.


And after you cut out the face your mom would put a candle inside and it would light up the night sky.

For a day.

Maybe two.

And then every one would forget about the pumpkin.

And it would sit on the front porch for about a week.

Until its face caved in and it imploded and some of the most disgusting stuff known to man started colonizing itself on the inside.

Ahhh….the good old days. 🙂


Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin

(the non-imploding, non-colonizing version)


faux pumpkin

chalkboard paint




Step 1:  Paint the pumpkin

Paint the pumpkin with chalkboard paint.

I used two coats.

Then prime the chalkboard paint with chalk.


Step 2:  Draw circular lines on the pumpkin with chalk

This is the guide for where your letters go.

If you get the lines too close….just erase the chalk lines and start again.


Step 3:  Decide what words you want to put in your word find

I used:





(okay….you get the picture)


Step 4:  Line up the words

Just place the words where you want them to go.

Here’s trick and treat.

Use the lines as your guide.

After all your words are placed….fill in the rest with extraneous letters.

Then erase the chalk lines.


I love my chalkboard word find pumpkins.

They are so 2014.

And they will last this season and many seasons to come.

But every now and then….when I see a porch with a smashed face pumpkin…..

….I hear Piggly Wiggly calling my name. 🙂

Need a little more pumpkin inspiration?

Here’s a few more pumpkin ideas from some of my favorite bloggers.

city farmhousebetween naps on the porch





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  1. Can you say BRILLIANT!!!! Of course you can!!!!! It’s all spelled out in Black and White on this fantastic creation…Speechless at the moment…I LOVE IT!!!!! You never cease to amaze me!!!!!!! (((((HUGS)))))

  2. Loving the black pumpkins I have a couple at my house but nothing as fun as these! Super cool project!
    Have a wonderful day.

  3. Love this idea! BOO! scared ya, didn’t I?
    Have a great day KariAnn 🙂

  4. This is so gosh darn clever! I just love it!

  5. Well, this just sings to my heart! Chalkboard and word search and, well, all things school, which for me is heaven. I actually just made a word search for my son with his spelling words last night. He loved it. Got right out of the tub and said, “Mom, is my word search ready?” Yes, the second grader. Says he doesn’t like school, but I know the truth. So yes, this pumpkin is right up my alley and I love it!

  6. What a great concept! Just pinned it to my Fall Follies board…with credit to Thistlewood, of course!

  7. So darling, Kari! This may be the most clever decorated pumpkin I’ve seen.

    If you ever just WANT to hear Piggly Wiggly calling, come to my house. Most of the pumpkins around here are still orange. I’ve decided it’s now a retro look. Or vintage, maybe. Kind of like me! 🙂

  8. Really clever! Loving this idea …

  9. Wow…you’ve upped the coolness factor of the humble pumpkin! You’ve taken it to a new level…I sure wish it were 1992 again, and I could show my kids….they would have been impressed! 😉

  10. oh, i just love this super clever idea! and i really LOVE your gift of gab and your great sense of humor. i have used the faux pumpkins myself and painted doily’s on them.

  11. Fun, fun, fun. This gave me a smile. fyi – The Official Word Search Queen, my mother, lives with us. I might need to supplement my income to keep her in large print word search books. They must say large print on the cover. hahaha I am on a constant search mission because the large print are not easy to find.

  12. So cute! Moms are teachers! So clever; I love this idea!

  13. So very cute Kari!!!…my granddaughter will love that “word find” pumpkin…such a great project that I can do with her!…Trying to catch up on all of your posts after being away in the gorgeous land of France!

  14. OK, you’ve just added to my list of “pumpkins of all kinds.” I’ve got pumpkins made of silk. Pumpkins made of leaves. Pumpkins made of sticks. Pumpkins made of ceramic, of plastic, and of paper. But this? This is awesome. YOU are awesome! 🙂

  15. Sheryll & Critters. :

    You gave such fabulous directions that I think I could even make one….laughing, cause I first thought “no way” could I do this. I just love the whole smoo.

  16. I think this falls into the category of playing with your food.

  17. Magnificent! I really, really do love black pumpkins, and blue pumkins and green pumpkins! Your word find takes the cake, brilliant!

  18. Genuis! No more imploding, squishy pumpkins for me 🙂

  19. Brilliant

    This Boo’s for you!

  20. Very Cute! Personally, I like to just let a pumpkin be a pumpkin around my house…less pressure for them I’m sure, haha.

  21. Where do I buy these extraneous letters? Do they all come on a sheet? Are they sold in the extraneous aisle at Michael’s? 😀 LOVE this project. I want to make one for my grandsons. Super uber cool idea! xxoo

  22. You are absolutely AWESOME!! Love love love this idea!

  23. So clever, and so YOU! Not to mention graphically adorable. 🙂

  24. I cannot get over how CUTE and CREATIVE these pumpkins are!! GREAT JOB!! XO

  25. I am just giggling up a storm , over here ! This is just too cute. Who would have thunk it? A chalkboard paint ‘punkin’ with a word find game. Now, talk about your multi-tasking! Wonderfully great!

  26. Karianne, love, love, love your pumpkin! I bet your kiddos have had fun playing with it since you made it. 🙂 Don’t you love how different everyone’s pumpkins turned out? It reminds me of an old-fashioned potluck where you hope everyone coming doesn’t bring potato salad and somehow it always works out. 🙂

  27. Okay these are the cutest and most creative pumpkins I have seen yet this whole pumpkin-y season. Love them!!

  28. So stinkin’ cute! Perfect and such a new idea! Well done friend!

  29. I am a total word search nerd so this is speaking my language KariAnne…get it…language??! 😉 Love it my friend!!

  30. The “good old days” you refer to, Kariann, are happening on my front step right at this very moment! Triangle cutouts, small orange pumpkin, tealight candle inside, aaaand caving in/mush/bugs you name it! 🙂 I really like your modern and creative version and I’m sure my boys would too!

  31. Oh my goodness Karianne, where DO you come up with these fabulous ideas girl??? I would have never thought of doing this in a million gazillion years!

  32. What a great idea! I love it

  33. That is a really cute idea. I’m a plain pumpkin kind of gal, but I enjoy seeing what others have done.
    Harvest Lane Cottage

  34. Agree, “so 1013″…love it 🙂

  35. This is so original and brilliant, the mind boggles a little. Great for kids, but also chic in all its black and white glory. I LOVE this!

    Annie XO

  36. I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your word search pumpkin! You can see it here:

    Thanks for an awesome project idea!

  37. Karianne, just stop! You have the best pumpkins!! And well, everything 😉

  38. This is so fun! It looks great! And, yes, very 2013.

  39. I’m in love with these, Karianne! I’m sharing them on my FB page 😉
    Jamie @

  40. Ahhh…..I wish we actually got ‘fall like’ weather in September down here. Instead it’s all 90%humidity and 90 + degree weather. Hard to get in the punkin (the actual pronunciation of P u m p k i n) decorating spirit….. Until you see my friend KariAnne’s FindAWord Punkin! That’s what I’m talking about! Loved it last year….love it this time around too! Can’t wait to see the fall house show case!

  41. These are gorgeous! I would have never thought of doing this! Hey, you may not be a Star Wars expert 😉 but you are definitely a pumpkin expert! I would not mind having a handful of these on my front porch! 😀

  42. How in heavens name did I miss such brilliance last year?! Well, thank goodness you posted it again. Ingenuity such as this needs to be posted again– and again! My sweet mother-in-law decorated with a vengeance. I think Halloween was one of her favorite holiday {it is a holiday isn’t it?}. There wasn’t a nook or cranny in her house that didn’t have something orange, black, or halloweeny. My honey was in charge of the pumpkin carving — in THOSE days we didn’t have artificial pumpkins to paint with chalk paint. We really missed out a lot in the good ole days. Are you feeling sorry for me yet??

  43. Stop it! These are fantastic…I might just do one that features our house address…seven one six. These are adorable!

  44. Love this! and love Laura’s doorknob pumpkins, too! OK, I’m starting to feel the “getting the fall decorations out” juices flowing . . . . Maybe this weekend!

    At least it’s dreary and rainy today – perfect for contemplating fall! 😉

  45. Hi KariAnne! Love the pumpkins,but couldn’t wait to tell you that I saw the better homes and gardens Christmas Ideas issue today! And to my greatest surprise …..there you were! Beautiful article and loved seeing your beautiful family 🙂 also, I knew you were a kentucky gal, but didn’t know how close you were! I live in Clarksville Tn, which I feel like is right around the corner from you! I have family in Murray and Cadiz 🙂 Your Christmas ideas and decorations are beautiful!

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  48. This is such a cute and different idea! Love it!

  49. Can’t wait for the house tour! Love the pumpkins too!

  50. I am going to make this for my son’s Halloween party at school. All the kids are bringing in 1 decoration each and I think his teacher would appreciate this. I love the scrabble letters in your display. But what are the other wooden letters with the hole at the top? Those are cool. As always, love your posts! Thanks 🙂

  51. I love this! Pinning to the Monday Funday board! Thanks for linking!

  52. you had me at chalkboard…I’d love you to share it at Outside {the Box} link party Tuesday 5pm EST

  53. Absolutely love this. It’s so different and modern looking.

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