8 Ways to Decorate Pumpkins (Without Carving)

Less mess = less stress.

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Young girl painting on pumpkin in Halloween
Photo: ArtMarie

Let's face it: As satisfying as it is to light the candle in your perfectly chiseled jack-o'-lantern, pumpkin carving is an exceedingly messy endeavor. If you don't want to deal with a stringy orange mess this year, we've got you covered. We scoured Pinterest to find eight of the best no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas. Here's what we found:

1. Get Creative With a Marker

Via Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Sometimes the simplest option is the best option. All you need for this easy idea is a marker and a pumpkin! Sketch a traditional jack-o'-lantern face, draw fun polka dots, or write your favorite Halloween sayings ("Boo!" is always a good choice).

2. Tape It Up

Via Let's Live & Learn

If you've been in a craft store in the last decade or so, you know all about the decorative tape trend. Buy a few rolls of your favorite patterns and get decorating! You can also buy Washi tape in bulk online.

3. Get Inspired By Seasonal Candies

Via A Thrifty Mom

Love it or hate it, candy corn has become synonymous with Halloween. You might as well pay homage to the sugary-sweet treat with your pumpkin. All you need is yellow and white acrylic paint, which you can buy online or at your local craft store.

4. Repurpose Old Nail Polish

Via Mango & Tomato

Use nail polish to create a gorgeous marbled effect on your un-carved pumpkin. This impressive-looking idea may seem daunting, but it's way easier to achieve than it looks. Plus, it's fun for kids!

5. Make a Mummy

Via Kids Activities Blog

It doesn't get much more adorable (or easy) than this, folks. Just wrap your pumpkin in gauze, add some stick-on eyes, and there you have it — a fun decoration that looks just like a Halloween mummy.

6. Get Floral

Via The Gardening Cook

Cover your pumpkin in faux flowers for a delicate, nature-inspired look. Here's a tip: If you use a fake pumpkin and seasonal flowers, you can use this fun craft again as a Thanksgiving centerpiece!

7. Create Pumpkin Chalkboards

Via Pint-Sized Treasures

How's this for multi-tasking? Paint your pumpkins with black chalkboard paint, which provides a perfect Halloween look and can also make your pumpkin purposeful. Use your chalkboard pumpkins for everyday tasks (like making grocery lists or writing reminders) or draw Halloween-inspired doodles all month long.

8. Make 'Em Sparkle

Via Savvy Honey

Add a touch of glitz to your home with these sparkly pumpkins. They couldn't be easier to make: Just cover the pumpkins with glue, coat with glitter, and you're done! Make sure to lay out plenty of newspaper on your work station to keep the mess contained.


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