DIY chalkboard word find pumpkin. Paint a pumpkin with chalkboard paint and add letters to create your own word find pumpkin. DIY 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.

But today?

Today is all about chalkboard word find pumpkins.

It’s such an easy project and one that you can do in under 10 minutes without blinking.

All you need is a pumpkin.

And a little imagination.

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 everyone 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.

Ahh 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.

That’s it.


I love my chalkboard word find pumpkins.

They are so 2019.

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. 🙂

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  1. Image for andrea cammarata andrea cammarata

    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. Image for Trina @ Trina @

    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!

  3. Image for Richella Parham Richella Parham

    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! :)

  4. Image for Donnamae Donnamae'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! ;)

  5. Image for erin erin

    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. erin

  6. Image for Beverly Beverly

    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.

  7. Image for Regina Regina

    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! :)

  8. Image for Sheryll & Critters. 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.

  9. Image for Sandy Sandy

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

  10. Image for Colleen P Colleen P

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

  11. Image for Susan~Designs of Home Susan~Designs of Home

    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!

  12. Image for Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) Susan (Between Naps on the Porch)

    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. :) XO

  13. Image for Abbey Abbey

    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!

  14. Image for Teresa Teresa

    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!

  15. Image for Cindy deRosier Cindy deRosier

    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!

  16. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

    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 it this time around too! Can't wait to see the fall house show case!

  17. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    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??

  18. Image for Regina Regina

    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! ;)

  19. Image for Debbie Debbie

    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!

  20. Image for Joanne Boulter Joanne Boulter

    I just read about your blog consulting program. I am so excited. I am a new blogger who is getting frustrated. I have 4 followers after 4 1/2 months of blogging. I don't think that the blog is that bad. I want to start a shop on my blog but without a following there can be no shop. I need the extra income, I had to retire early with a health problem, this is something that I can do right out of my home. I am a Interior Designer and I adore sharing. You have always inspired me. I believe that you blog is the first one that I started to follow and still do. As soon as payday comes around I will sign up for a phone call. Reading the comments from some of the awesome bloggers that you have helped really got me going. Until then, all is LOVERLY! Jo

  21. Image for Angela Angela

    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 :)

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