50 Simple No-Carve Decoration Ideas for Pumpkins
Whether you’re going for a spooky, fabulous, or whimsical vibe this Halloween, we have the perfect pumpkin for you. No knives necessary!
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A little glitz and glam can make almost anything look sophisticated, and these gilded metallic-foil pumpkins by Atta Girl Says are so gorgeous, people will think that you bought them. They’re made with faux pumpkins, chalky paint, and craft metallic-foil sheets. Unlike real gold, silver, or copper leaf, metal foil is much more affordable and easier to work with. These gilded pumpkins will look lovely on your Thanksgiving table or any fall celebration. Don’t miss these other ways to decorate your home for fall, from a top interior designer.
Mickey Mouse pumpkin
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Disney fans will adore this Mickey Mouse pumpkin by Mom Foodie that can be saved from year to year. Instead of using real pumpkins, this design calls for one large and two smaller craft pumpkins. The smaller ones will serve as the ears, which are cleverly attached with bamboo skewers. The only other Mouseketools you’ll need for this project? Paint, a black marker, polymer clay (for the pumpkin leaves), and a glue gun.
Beauty and the Beast pumpkin
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It may be based on a tale as old as time, but this Beauty and the Beast pumpkin by The Farm Girl Gabs is definitely a new twist on Halloween decor. For this beautiful Belle-inspired creation, you’ll need yellow paint, adhesive rhinestones, gold glitter, and artificial red roses. While it takes a bit of time to put together because you have to individually place each rhinestone, the result is stunning and well worth the effort.
Stranger Things pumpkin
If you binge-watched every season of Stranger Things, you need this pumpkin in your life on Halloween (and maybe beyond). Love from the Oven re-creates the Christmas-light Morse code that Joyce Byers devised to speak with her missing son, who was trapped in the Upside Down. Now this distinctive decor from the Byers’ living room can be in yours—with a little paint and a string of multicolored lights.
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Your little monsters will love making these little monster pumpkins from Projects with Kids. To make this frightfully fun craft, you need mini pumpkins, craft paint, glue, gauze, and markers. Your kids can use their imaginations to make their favorite creatures come to life. Reminder: Always supervise any children’s crafts like this one that involves glue guns. Here are 15 more easy Halloween crafts your kids will love to make.
How many emojis do you use on a daily basis? You may want to keep that answer to yourself, but you can create your favorite this Halloween on a pumpkin. Cutefetti shares three ways to create adorable emoji pumpkins—heart, winky, and smiley—but feel free to follow the general guidelines and get funky with the emoji of your choice. All you need is yellow spray paint, craft felt, and glue.
Got a pizza lover and a pumpkin lover in your house? Meet the pizza pumpkin from Atta Girl Says. It’s a cinch to put together using a faux craft pumpkin, paint, and craft felt. Customize with your favorite toppings for a kitsch pumpkin that you certainly won’t see everywhere. For something you can actually eat, check out these spooky Halloween treat recipes.
Captain Marvel pumpkin
Chances are, you’ll see a lot of Captain Marvels out and about on Halloween this year, and for good reason. The breakout Avenger of 2019, she’s the epitome of a hero. And this Captain Marvel pumpkin by As the Bunny Hops is just as awesome as she is. The supplies to make this pumpkin, which is inspired by her suit, are minimal: paint, adhesive vinyl, and masking tape. It does take a bit of patience (and time) to cut out the vinyl star and masking tape just so, but the results are amazing!
Baby Groot pumpkin
I am Groot. If you’re a Guardians of the Galaxy fan, what more is there to say? As the Bunny Hops created this Baby Groot pumpkin with paint, black markers, a white paint pen, and duct tape. (Seriously, is there anything duct tape can’t do?) Simply cover a craft pumpkin with brown tape, and draw on the wood-grain details. Use the green tape to add leaves at the top, and make eyes and a mouth with the black tape.
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Atta Girl Says transforms inexpensive dollar-store pumpkins into classy fall decor with a bit of decoupage glue and crochet lace ribbon. These decoupaged lace pumpkins can work as a fall centerpiece—or even autumn wedding decor. All you have to do is cover the pumpkin with overlapping strips of lace, then layer that with the glue. While the craft is easy, keep in mind that it will take a little time for the various applications of the decoupage glue to dry. Here are 10 more easy, unexpected ways to decorate with pumpkins.
Stack o’ pumpkins
To create this clever jack stack, you’ll need two different sized pumpkins (fresh or craft), black and white paint, hot glue, and a grapevine wreath. Remove the stem from the larger pumpkin, which will serve as the base, and then paint the pumpkins white. (You can skip this step if you purchased white pumpkins.) After the paint has dried, design your best pumpkin face with black paint. Then glue the grapevine wreath on top of the base pumpkin, and glue the smaller pumpkin on top. For an added spooky touch, display the pumpkins with dripping-blood candles on your front porch.
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Lovable Forky won our hearts in the latest Toy Story movie. And The Farm Girl Gabs has the perfect way to pay homage to the adorable utensil in pumpkin form. All you need is a craft pumpkin, white spray paint, large googly eyes, red pipe cleaner, and red and blue polymer clay. The entire project takes just a few minutes to put together once the paint is dry.
Princess Leia pumpkin
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Beautiful, strong, and sassy, the original leading lady of the Star Wars saga is probably the only person (fictional or not) who can pull off those double side buns—and kick butt while doing it. The Farm Girl Gabs created this Princess Leia pumpkin with a craft pumpkin, white paint, wood discs, yarn, decorative ribbon, and rhinestones. If you’re a Star Wars superfan and a pet parent, you won’t want to miss this doggy Darth Vader costume—or these other adorable Halloween costumes for dogs.
Chewbacca’s new little sidekick in The Last Jedi comes to life on your front porch as a little porg pumpkin by As the Bunny Hops. To create your very own porg, paint your pumpkin with gray and white, according to the directions. Next, paint a pair of wiggle eyes with a matte black to replicate the giant eyes of the adorable creature, and use a hot-glue gun to secure them in place.
Poison apple pumpkin
Up the scare factor at your home with this poison apple pumpkin from As the Bunny Hops that provides an extra spooky surprise when the sun goes down: It glows in the dark! To achieve this effect, paint a craft pumpkin bright red, and then once it dries, drip oodles of glow-in-the-dark craft paint on top of it.
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Celebrate the Day of the Dead with a Coco pumpkin inspired by the film. The Farm Girl Gabs repurposed a Day of the Dead headband for the top, but you can re-create this look with black lace, faux flowers, and a mini sugar skull. Paint a craft pumpkin white, and hot-glue the rest on top. For more cool designs that you can create, check out these 31 free pumpkin-carving stencils to take your jack-o’-lantern to the next level.
Toy Story alien pumpkin
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Bring the Toy Story aliens from the claw machine to your front porch this Halloween. Just paint a craft pumpkin lime green and fashion proper alien ears with matching lime green foam, says The Farm Girl Gabs. Large wiggle eyes and a mouth made of black foam complete the look.
Woody and Buzz pumpkins
Calling all serious crafters: It’s time to show off your skills with this Woody and Buzz pumpkin combo. While this Toy Story decoration looks complicated, As the Bunny Hops walks you through each and every step, making it a lot easier than you think it will be. Adding a toy sheriff’s badge on Woody is the icing on the pumpkin.
Monsters, Inc. pumpkin
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Good ol’ Mike was everyone’s favorite serious monster in Monsters, Inc.—and now he can be your very own monster this Halloween. Grab a craft pumpkin to make this easy Mike Wazowski decoration. The Farm Girl Gabs created his signature solo eye with a large googly eye. Complete the look with lime green paint, black and blue foam, and white mini pom-poms. If you have a little monster of your own, check out these cheap Halloween costumes for kids basically anyone can DIY.
Glitter unicorn pumpkin
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Halloween doesn’t have to be spooky or filled with monsters. Translation: It’s completely acceptable (and completely awesome) to turn your pumpkin into a sparkly glitter unicorn. This pretty craft from The Farm Girl Gabs is a bit time-intensive, but the results are magical. Here’s what you’ll need: a craft pumpkin, white spray paint, chunky and extra-fine white glitter, polymer clay, pink and white felt, glue, silk flowers, and a gray sharpie. And voila—you’ve got your very own unicorn!
Cinderella’s carriage pumpkin
Bibbidi bobbidi boo! With the right supplies and a little Halloween magic, you can make this carriage fit for a Disney princess. You’ll need an oval, squat pumpkin, as well as apples, red ribbon, and black and gold paint. Attach the apples at the base of the pumpkin with toothpicks, and paint a door and windows on both sides of the pumpkin. Use the gold paint to add detail to the wheels and door, tie a red bow on top, and the transformation is complete!
Fortnite-obsessed tweens (and adults) will go wild over this Drift pumpkin from As the Bunny Hops. All you need is paint, glue, and some paper to create the iconic character in the bunny mask. You might not know anything about Drift, but display this pumpkin on your porch and you’ll earn some serious cred with the neighborhood kids. For something else to make your hard-to-please kid smile, try these 10 scary-good Halloween riddles.
Sometimes the cutest fall crafts are the easiest to make. You can transform a fresh pumpkin into an adorable spider with a few pipe cleaners and craft paper. First, insert four extra-long pipe cleaners on each side of the pumpkin. Next, cut eyes and a mouth from black and white craft paper, and glue them to the pumpkin. Yep, that’s it!
Winnie the Pooh pumpkin
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Bring sweet, gentle Pooh Bear home for a visit without having to travel to the Thousand Acre Forest. The Farm Girl Gabs created this Winnie the Pooh pumpkin using bulky blanket yarn, wood buttons, and DIY pom-poms. No time to make your own pom-poms? Pick up large premade ones at the craft store to make this project in a jiffy.
Hit the wood-supply section at your local craft store to get everything you need to make one of these pumpkin turkeys. (Minus an actual fresh pumpkin, that is.) Look for teardrop-shaped wood pieces for the tail feathers, and if you can’t find a wood piece that looks like a turkey head, don’t worry: Just use another teardrop piece for the head. Paint the wood cutouts in fun colors, and make a cute little face for the head. Gently tap the pointed ends into your fresh pumpkin and your turkey is done! Make sure to keep this feathered friend around until Thanksgiving, and consider adding these easy crafts to brighten any Thanksgiving table.
You can’t go wrong with a little—or a lot—of glitter. Here, basic craft pumpkins get a fabulous makeover with glitter spray paint. To re-create the striped look, use painter’s tape to section off the spots you don’t want to spray. Or for polka dots, use a dot stencil to paint in the circles. If you don’t want to deal with those details, simply cover the whole pumpkin with glitter spray paint.
Unleash your inner artist with this simple drip-art pumpkin. Pick three or more colors to artfully display on top of a white pumpkin. Use one color at a time and let it dry slightly before you add the next to avoid muddling the colors. While a white pumpkin will make the colors pop, you can also use an orange one. Just make sure to choose colors that will contrast with orange, and it will look equally amazing!
Head to the fridge to get what you need to create these goofy pumpkins. Use carrots, winter-squash slices, nuts, and more to create eyes, a nose, and eyebrows on your pumpkin face. Affix the veggies to the surface of the pumpkin with toothpicks. Then use a knife to slice in a silly smile. If you’re wondering what else to do with all your fall produce, check out these 10 fresh pumpkin recipes you’ve never tried before.
Turn your pumpkin into a pretty, seasonally appropriate vase. Remove the top of the pumpkin, scoop out the middle, and place a wet piece of floral foam in the cavity. Use fall flowers like mums and ornamental cabbages to create a simple floral arrangement that will be the perfect focal point of a foyer or dining table.
‘Tis the season to be thankful. A large pumpkin and a Sharpie are all you need to create this sweet, family-centric fall decoration. In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, have each member of your family write what they’re thankful for on it. When you fill up the pumpkin, you’re done. Place the pumpkin front and center on your Thanksgiving dinner table for a wonderful reminder of all that you have—and for a great conversation starter.
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You don’t need a knife for this one, but you do need a power tool. For a super easy seasonal arrangement, you’ll need to drill holes in a band around the pumpkin. Then, insert fresh berries—like rose hips or cotton easter—and foliage. To make sure your display lasts as long as possible, stick with hearty foliage like sage, broad-leaf evergreen leaves, and ferns. Pumpkin-picking is one of the most fun and wholesome fall activities there is. Find a great spot near you with this list of the best pumpkin patches in every state.
You can bedazzle pretty much anything, so why not a pumpkin? For this rainbow option, paint different sections of the pumpkin with different colors. After the paint dries, use hot glue to stick the color-coordinated faux gems onto the pumpkin in a decorative pattern. Or, keep things even simpler by using one paint color and assorted gems. There’s no right or wrong way to make these jewel-adorned pumpkins, so it’s a particularly great option for young kids who love all things sparkly.
Vanellope Von Schweetz pumpkin
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Halloween is all about the candy, which makes this Vanellope von Schweetz–inspired pumpkin from The Farm Girl Gabs perfect for anyone—but especially for Wreck-It Ralph fans. This teal-painted craft pumpkin evokes the movie’s Sugar Rush racer with plastic candies, a brown burlap ribbon to trip the base, and a red ribbon for the bow on top. Hot glue makes the craft quick and easy.
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Yes, you read that right: These adorable pumpkins are made from toilet paper. A Piece of Rainbow put together this quick and inexpensive pumpkin-inspired craft using toilet paper rolls, colorful fabric, and foraged twigs. Use any type of spare fabric—like dish towels, scarves, or T-shirts—to wrap around the rolls and give them a more pumpkin-shaped look. Then wrap the whole thing with fabric, tucking the excess inside the center tub, and pop in a twig. This is an easy last-minute craft. If you also waited until the last minute to find something to wear for the big day, check out these equally easy genius DIY ideas for Halloween costumes.
Puffy-paint spider pumpkin
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In another take on the no-carve spider pumpkin, Katarina’s Paperie uses puffy paint to adorn white pumpkins. She adds an extra dimension to her creepy-crawly with a pair of googly eyes. These puffy-paint spider pumpkins are perfect for a hands-on kid’s craft before heading out to do some trick-or-treating.
Sometimes it’s good to be bad, especially when you’re a Disney villain. This Maleficent Horn pumpkin from As the Bunny Hops will take some patience and time, but the wow factor is worth it. To form the horns, you’ll need heavy gauge wire, black crepe paper, and electric tape. Attach them to a black craft pumpkin, and your pumpkin is ready to go.
Sleeping Beauty pumpkin
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Give your pumpkin the royal treatment with this gorgeous Sleepy Beauty design. Made with pearl and heart embellishments, this craft comes together quickly, despite how intricate the details look. The Farm Girl Gabs uses pink acrylic pearl paint to get the iridescent shine on the pumpkin and tops it off with a ready-made tiara. If you’ve got someone who’s princess-obsessed in your house, don’t miss these 13 magically inspiring quotes from your favorite Disney princesses.
This Tiffany pumpkin uses the famous jewelry store’s signature robin’s-egg blue to evoke the little blue box that we all swoon over. A super easy and elegant option from As the Bunny Hops, this look calls for Tiffany-blue spray paint, a faux or real pumpkin, and white satin ribbon.
Here’s a good way to use up the stash of ribbon in your closet: Wrap it around a pumpkin! Mix and match ribbons, or use the same pattern and colors on the pumpkin. It doesn’t matter what you do—anything goes!
Make these cheery little pumpkin witches with inexpensive craft felt, ribbon, and mini pumpkins. Using black felt (or paper), cut out jack-o’-lantern faces, and stick them onto the mini pumpkins with hot glue. Cut a square piece of craft felt, roll it into a cone, and secure it with hot glue. Turn up the rim of the hat to form a brim, add festive ribbon along the bottom, and pop the whole thing on top of your mini pumpkin. If you’re going for a scarier vibe, check out these 30 cheap DIY Halloween decorations for the spookiest holiday ever.
Everyone’s favorite big-eared baby elephant recently made a comeback in a live-action film and won the hearts of a new generation. Making this Disney Dumbo pumpkin is not easy or fast, but As the Bunny Hops provides detailed instructions to walk you through the process. Most of the time it takes to create this adorable elephant involves the ears—which, when you think about it, is quite fitting!
Edna and Jack-Jack pumpkins
Incredible is definitely the word to describe these pumpkins inspired by The Incredibles 2. The unlikely duo of Edna and Jack-Jack were the breakout stars of the movie—and make an adorable set of superhero pumpkins that will earn you raves from trick-or-treaters. As the Bunny Hops provides step-by-step instructions to paint the faces on the craft pumpkins, then adorn them with store-bought wigs, a pair of glasses, and a mask to complete the look.
Nightmare Before Christmas pumpkin
Yes, you can actually make this elaborate-looking decoration, and it’s surprisingly easy as long as you have the right materials. As the Bunny hops uses a black diorama pumpkin and a set of Funko Pop figurines bring this Jack and Sally Hill pumpkin to life. Use glitterstock, yellow craft foam, and glue to create a stage for this scarily sweet Nightmare Before Christmas couple. When the holiday is over, make sure to use these brilliant ideas to store your Halloween decorations.
Steamboat Mickey pumpkin
Classic Disney lovers will adore this Steamboat Mickey pumpkin created by As the Bunny Hops. The whole pumpkin is made with craft foam and paint—and nothing else! Start off with a black craft pumpkin and paint the bottom half gray. Cut circles out of black craft foam for the ears, and use round pieces of white craft foam for the buttons.
Orange Bird pumpkin
Die-hard Disney fans will recognize this Orange Bird pumpkin from As the Bunny Hops. Nope, it’s not part of the Angry Bird clan. Orange Bird was introduced at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in the 1970s and can be spotted on merchandise through the park. Making it is a cinch with an orange craft pumpkin and foam. Just cut out the bird’s face, beak, and leaves from the foam and attach them with hot glue.
If you’re a fan of Archie and the rest of the Riverdale crew, show off your show spirit with this simple Riverdale pumpkin that mimics a varsity letter. Paint a craft pumpkin bright yellow, and cut out an “R” from craft felt. You can download a template of the Riverdale “R” from As the Bunny Hops so your “R” looks perfect and your pumpkin looks authentic. If creating a jack-o’-lantern is also on your holiday to-do list, don’t miss these genius hacks for Halloween pumpkin carving you’ll use from now on.
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Making Manzanita drops the classic orange fall decor and instead goes with a simple but classic look. Her black-and-white pumpkin decor is easily made from craft foam pumpkins, matte white spray paint, black marker, and brown craft paint. Paint the pumpkin, and once it’s dry, use ready-made stencils or write your welcome message freehand.
Matte finish is often considered subtle and understated. However, it can be the center of attention when you pick the right color. Coat craft pumpkins in bold chalky spray paint and fun metallics for an unconventional Halloween look. The best thing about chalky paint? You can easily paint over it later if you want to change the color.
Tinker Bell pumpkin
A little fairy dust—er, glitter—is all it takes to create this Tinker Bell pumpkin from As the Bunny Hops. First, use gold glitter spray paint to give the pumpkin an iridescent glow. Then, iron iridescent cellophane between two pieces of parchment paper, and cut out your wings. Attach them with hot glue, and if necessary, use toothpicks for added support. Large pom-poms form the feet and complete the pumpkin fairy. Tinker Bell is a classic holiday dress-up choice, but these are the 24 most popular Halloween costumes for 2019.
Rose-gold and black pumpkins
Rose gold continues to dominate everything from fashion to home accessories, so why not extend the trend to your pumpkins? Using rose-gold spray paint on real or craft pumpkins makes this super easy. For a truly stunning effect, pair them with contrasting pumpkins spray-painted black. You can also write a message on the pumpkins or draw in constellations for an extra pop of fun.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a godsend for kids with food allergies. It’s a sign that a house will offer treats that are suitable for trick-or-treaters who have food allergies. Make one by painting a real or faux pumpkin in teal. And be sure to make good on this pumpkin’s promise and stock up on allergy-friendly sweets for the little ghouls and goblins knocking on your door! Ever wonder why Halloween and pumpkins go hand-in-hand? Check out the real reason why we carve pumpkins on Halloween.