51 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.