Friday, November 16, 2012

Pumpkin Nameplates

I purchase a few real gourd pumpkins before Halloween this year and after the holiday, I was trying to think of something else to use them for.  I came up with the idea of making them into chalkboard nameplates for the table.

Supplies:
Black and white acrylic paint
Chalkboard paint
Chalk
mini gourd pumpkins





If you are buying gourds, try to pick some that are more flat and not too bumpy.  I find chalkboard paint a little thin, so I first painted a layer of black acrylic paint in a rectangle.


Once it dried, I did 3 coats of chalkboard paint.  It was a sunny day, so I would set the pumpkins outside for about 10 minutes to dry between layers.




Once the black was dry, I painted some decorative details on with the white paint.




Once the black paint was good and dry (I suggest letting it dry overnight), B wrote their names on each pumpkin.



Then we sat them out in front of their turkey place mats.





We don't have a big sit down Thanksgiving dinner at our house, but if we did, I think this would be such a cute idea for the guests.  Then they could take their pumpkin home at the end of the night!




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