DIY: Pumpkin Chalkboard Cake Plate

Hello Everyone! My name is Katie and I blog over at Running with a Glue Gun. Today I’m going to be showing you how to make a fun cake plate!


With the fall season upon us, you may be getting ready to bake those delicious, cakes, pies, cookies, and other sweet goodies. However, what’s the good of baking all those items if you don’t have a place to display them? Well, today I’m going to be showing you how to create a unique cake plate which not only allows you to display your baked goodies, but allows you to label those goodies, and store extra utensils!



  • Tall Pumpkin, Small
  • Rustic Tote
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Acrylic Paints (I used orange and metallic bronze)
  • Foam Brushes
  • Sandpaper
  • Clear Acrylic Spray
  • Industrial Strength Glue


Step 1: Take a light grit sandpaper and sand both the Tall Pumpkin and Rustic Tote.


Step 2: Grab your chalkboard paint and paint the front portion of your Rustic Tote

During this step, you want to follow the directions on the chalkboard paint you are using. Some paints have different drying times and a set number of coats you should paint. For this project, I ended up painting five layers of chalkboard paint with each layer going a different direction (the first layer I painted vertical, the second horizontal and so on). Between coats I let the paint dry an hour and then (once all four coats were dry) I put the Rustic Tote to the side for 24 hours, so it could completely dry.


Step 3: Take your orange paint and paint the Tall Pumpkin on both sides. Then set the piece aside to dry.

Repeat this step with your Rustic Tote (once the chalkboard paint as been dried completely).


Step 4: Now grab a paper towel and some metallic bronzes paint. Then dip the paper towel into your paint and begin distressing your Tall Pumpkin, by lightly rubbing the paper towel onto the Tall Pumpkin. Keep repeating this step until you’re happy with the overall look.

Repeat this step with your Rustic Tote.


Step 5: Once your Tall Pumpkin is completely dry, spray a light coat of a clear acrylic spray on the top. This will help seal in the paint and make it easier to clean, since food will be placed on the top surface.


Step 6: Now grab your Rustic Tote and apply some glue to the top of the handles. Then place your Tall Pumpkin on top of the Rustic Tote handles and press down firmly. Then set the whole thing aside to dry.

Once the piece is completely dry, you’re ready to use your cake plate!




As you can see, using Walnut Hollow’s Rustic Tote as a base really gives you several optional when displaying your food. In this case, I wrote (on the chalkboard) what the food was and stored extra napkins, plates, and silverware in the tote itself. Also having the chalkboard really gives you a great opportunity to really label your food. This might come in handy if you’re entertaining people who are on special diets or who are allergic to certain foods.

Finally, even though this is a cake plate, you could use it for other things throughout the holiday season. For example, (if you’re having a party) you could store goodies bags in the rustic tote or you could use it as a display stand for holiday décor.

To find more Walnut Hollow pumpkin products, to incorporate into your fall baking decor, check out this page here! Also check out Walnut Hollow’s Hot Tools/ Accessories which are 20% off!

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Happy Crafting (and baking)!


Katie King is a DIY blogger, who believes that crafting should be simple, fun and unique! By day, she is a college student studying business, and, by night, she is a crafty blogger. She started her blog, Running with a Glue Gun, in order to share her DIY projects and to meet other people who loved to craft!

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