Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin

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 2013.

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 farmhouse between naps on the porch

finding-home sweet-savvanah



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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? :-D 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. Hi Kari Anne. I linked your post in my blog. Every 10th, 20th and 30th, I take a walk on-line and I link everything It’s amazing for me. Great work. Thank you very much

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

  40. Thank you for sharing this; I love wordplay and shared your post in my Monday Miscellany link roundup.

  41. I’m in love with these, Karianne! I’m sharing them on my FB page ;)
    Jamie @

  42. Asking questions are genuinely fastidious thing if you are not understanding anything
    entirely, but this post provides good understanding yet.


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