20 Simple (and Pretty!) No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating 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.
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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. As far as intricate pumpkin decorating ideas go, this one’s fairly easy to execute. 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.
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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!).
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Glue: It’s not for everyone. And luckily, you don’t need it for all these pumpkins decorating ideas. 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. Here’s how to make your jack-o’-lantern last for two weeks.
Sweater weather pumpkin
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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.
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There are so many family-friendly fall craft ideas, 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. Be sure to read up on these spooky Halloween superstitions and how they came to be.
Creepy crawly pumpkin
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Pretty pumpkins are the best kind. Break out a few rhinestones and old pantyhouse for sophisticated design with a bit of fun weaved in. This black and white color scheme from Oopsey Daisy is a creative way to crawl into the Halloween season.
Creepy crayon pumpkin
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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.
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Not a fan of splashing the house with orange and red? Tame down autumn colors with some fancier pumpkin decorating ideas, like 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. Check out these other pretty decorating ideas for your pumpkin.
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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).
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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.
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If you prefer clean cut lines to ad-lib art, consider stencils! Use store-bought designs or painter’s tape to saturate pumpkins with bright, vibrant colors. Handmade Charlotte details what to do to make this a no-fail project. Here are 27 free pumpkin stencils you can use.
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It’s one of the simplest pumpkin decorating ideas out there: 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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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. Don’t miss these 30 easy, inexpensive Halloween decorations you can DIY.
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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.
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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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Decoupage photo pumpkin
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What’s better than a truly personalized pumpkin? Well, as explained by Sugar and Charm, one personalized with the whole family—literally.
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This is one of our faavorite pumpkin deocrating ideas for athletic families. Halloween isn’t just about ghosts and ghouls; baseball-lovers can have their share of decorations, too—thanks to Life in Left Field. Here are some other creative ways you can use your pumpkins to decorate.