DIY: No-Carve Pumpkins

Nothing screams Halloween quite like a pumpkin, but sometimes it makes more sense to forgo the whole carving phase. Maybe you have kids involved in the craft and want to keep their safety in mind, or maybe you just don’t want to have to deal with the mess and clean-up involved in traditional jack-o-lantern making. (Bonus: Leaving a pumpkin intact means it will last far longer, too.)
Luckily, there are still lots of great ways to decorate a pumpkin sans knives. Here are five of our top picks:

1. Few things say “celebration” like confetti, so why not dip a painted pumpkin in the shiny stuff? Confetti Pumpkin (via Studio DIY)

Few things say “celebration” like confetti, so why not dip a painted pumpkin in the shiny stuff? [photo by Studio DIY]

2. Decoupage A Pumpkin (via Country Living)


Decorate your pumpkin with paper (it can be a fun image, a pattern, whatever your imagination dictates!) using decoupage glue. [photo by Miki Duisterhof]

3. Mummy Pumpkin (via BHG)

Use gauze to transform your pumpkin into an adorable mummy. [photo by Better Homes & Gardens]

4. Bat Pumpkin (via Gluesticks & Gumdrops)

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It’s amazing what a couple of googly eyes and some construction paper and paint can do! [photo by Glue Stucks & Gumdrops]

5. Metallic Pumpkin (via Real Simple)


Easy and definitely a statement maker. [photo by Photographs by Don Penny]

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