20 Simple (and Pretty!) No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas Anyone Can Try

Think you have to wield a carving knife to dress up your pumpkins? Try these no-carve pumpkin decorating approaches for an easier approach this autumn.

Mummy pumpkin

Courtesy Mother's Niche Wrapped up with Halloween spirit? Your pumpkin can be too — and you don't have to break out the carving knives to trick yours out. Grab strips of gauze from the medicine cabinet (cheesecloth will work too), hot glue, and two shifty googly eyes to make this easy craft from Mother's Niche. Here are some other creative ways you can use your pumpkins to decorate.

Personalized pumpkin

Courtesy Unoriginal Mom

Whether a flare for fuschia or a streak for sparkle makes you tick, make it stick to a personalized pumpkin. The Unoriginal Mom makes this gorgeous craft with gold glitter (it only takes 20 minutes!). Be sure to read up on these spooky Halloween superstitions and how they came to be. 

Punky pumpkin

Courtesy Kelli Trontel

Glue: It's not for everyone. To avoid sticky fingers, pick up two packages of silver and gold thumbtacks. Press them into your pumpkin for an edgy gourd. Blogger Kelli Trontel uses the tacks on white pumpkins, a modern look for a Halloween classic. If you're heading out pumpkin picking, here's what you need to know before you hit the patch.

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Sweater weather pumpkin

Courtesy Confessions of a Plate Addict

Cheap Halloween decorations don't have to look cheesy. If the cooler weather evokes an obsession for all things knitted, cozy up to this idea: Use old sweaters as adorable pumpkin wraps. It's a warming addition to indoor and outdoor fall decor. Confessions of a Plate Addict serves up this idea in easy steps. Upcycling clothing is never a bad idea. Check out these adorable outfits this mom made for her daughter out of old shirts!

Hands-on pumpkin

Courtesy The Melrose Family

There are so many family-friendly fall craft ideas, like these family Halloween crafts, but what about getting some paint and a pumpkin involved? Recruit itty bitty handprints for pumpkin decorating. Dunk each family member's handprint in a different shade of paint, and layer on the pumpkin from largest to smallest. The Melrose Family shows how to get your hands dirty.

Creepy crawly pumpkin

Courtesy Oopsey Daisy

Pretty pumpkins are the best kind. Break out a few rhinestones and old pantyhouse for sophisticated design with a bit of fun weaved in. (Here are a few more pretty pumpkin decorating ideas to try.) This black and white color scheme from Oopsey Daisy is a creative way to crawl into the Halloween season.

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Creepy crayon pumpkin

Courtesy The Swell Designer

For a ridiculously fun art project, glue a pack of crayons to the top of a pumpkin, plug in your hair dryer, and watch the colors melt into a pumpkin that is creepily colorful. The Swell Designer draws out the instructions.

Dollin' pumpkin

Courtesy Allyson Baker Design

Not a fan of splashing the house with orange and red? Tame down autumn colors by adorning pumpkins with lacy dollies. Allyson Baker Design explains how she uses this trick to maintain her home's color scheme while decorating for fall.

Polka pumpkin

Courtesy Home Stories A to Z

Dot a pumpkin for a poppy porch decoration. Home Stories A to Z explains how she does it in just a few minutes (with the help of a few sporty stickers). If you're feeling unsure about how to paint your pumpkins, painting your pumpkin teal and supporting children with food allergies is never a bad idea!

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Beach bum-pkin

Courtesy Crafts by Courtenay

Before summer becomes a distant memory, fit in a daily dose of vitamin Sea. Supplement pumpkins with a collage of lobsters, starfish, and shells. Crafts by Courtney uses leftover scrapbooking paper and gold spray paint on these nautical gourds. We know, it's tough saying goodbye to summer. Here's how you can transition your wardrobe gracefully.

Perfectionist pumpkin

Courtesy Handmade Charlotte

If you prefer clean cut lines to ad-lib art, consider stencils! Use store-bought designs (or these 27 free pumpkin carving stencils) or painter's tape to saturate pumpkins with bright, vibrant colors. Handmade Charlotte details what to do to make this a no-fail project.

Bow pumpkin

Courtesy May Arts

Carved pumpkins "bow" down to a simple, yet elegant, gourd. A classic ribbon accompanied by a more eclectic material (like a black web ribbon) ties this look together. The Ribbon Lady explains how to knot the perfect bow.

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Evergreen pumpkin

Courtesy Mom 4 Real

Put your green thumb to work with this pumpkin planter, which incorporates moss and a variety of your favorite evergreen plants. It's far easier than it looks: Simply Happenstance offers detailed, no-sweat steps.

Frozen pumpkin

Courtesy A Pumpkin and A Princess

For the Elsa-obsessed princess in your family "let go" of traditional pumpkin designs. This Frozen-inspired craft will have passersby freezing in their tracks. A Pumpkin and a Princess reveals the sparkly how-to.

Confetti pumpkin

Courtesy Made In A Day

Hosting a fall party? Dazzle your guests with an eye-catching confetti pumpkin. MadeInADay explains how she made this look stick (hint: all you need is school glue, white pumpkins, and confetti).

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Bat pumpkin

pumpkinCourtesy It All Started With PaintYou bat-ter believe that this one is on our pumpkin to-do list. It All Started With Paint explains how.

Decoupage photo pumpkin

Courtesy Eden Passante Sugar and CharmWhat's better than a truly personalized pumpkin? Well, as explained by Sugar and Charm, one personalized with the whole family—literally. Here are some more family-friendly Halloween crafts.

Doughnut pumpkin

pumpkinCourtesy The DIY PlaybookIn case you don't have enough of a sweet tooth this Halloween, DIY Playbook offers a creative, calorie-free way to enjoy your sweets.

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Baseball pumpkin

pumpkinCourtesy Life in Left FieldHalloween isn't just about ghosts and ghouls, baseball-lovers can have their share of decorations, too—thanks to Life in Left Field.

Cheeseburger pumpkin

No-Carve-Pumpkin-Decorating--25-Simple,-Pretty-Ideas-Anyone-Can-Try-Courtesy-The-Paper-MamaCourtesy The Paper MamaNot in the mood for candy or sweets? This savory-looking cheeseburger pumpkin by The Paper Mama is sure to be the talk of the neighborhood.
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