Vintage Halloween pumpkins on a chalkboard base

This little group of pumpkins are made from lightweight canvas fabric and their vintage faces are painted on in easy steps. I painted a piece of thin wood with chalkboard paint and attached the pumpkins with hot glue.


  • small piece of lightweight canvas fabric
  • orange and green paint
  • green embroidery thread and needle
  • glue gun
  • one small piece of wood (I bought a pack of four at Hobby Lobby)


Step 1.

Cut out three pumpkins in different sizes. You can make them any shape you like but make sure they will fit on your board.  Cut out a front and back piece for each pumpkin.  Put them together  (right sides together) and stitch along edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Leave an opening at the top. 


Step 2.

Turn to outside through the opening at the top. Paint the pumpkins. Let them dry and then stuff with poly fill. Take a needle and some strong thread like buttonhole thread and do a running stitch all around the top as shown. Pull it tight and tie a knot and then wrap the cord around the top as shown in the third picture and then tie more knots to keep it in place

Step 3.

Paint the stems brown.




Step 4.

Draw the faces on with a felt pen. There are lots of pumpkin faces online if you don’t like vintage pumpkins. Then add in the white with a fine brush and white paint. Then fill in the black with a fine brush and black paint.


Step 5.

Cut out leaves and paint. Let dry.  


Step 6.

Spray paint a thin piece of wood with chalkboard paint. Let it dry.


Step 7.

Attach pumpkins to base one at a time using hot glue.


Step 8.

You will use embroidery floss to attach leaves as shown. Tie a knot in the end of thread for the first leaf and then stick the needle through the stem and then attach the second leaf. Repeat this on all three pumpkins.

Use the stand to write any message that you want. I use mine as a countdown to Halloween.











About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.