10 DIY No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

10 No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas via Tipsaholic.com

Fall arrives and suddenly the sight, smell, and taste of pumpkin is everywhere. Who can resist a pumpkin latte or warm pumpkin chocolate chip cookie? We also wouldn’t be surprised if you ate that pumpkin cookie while burning a pumpkin-flavored candle. And then there is the annual search for the perfect pumpkin.

Whether you buy your pumpkins from the grocery store or travel to a nearby pumpkin patch, one question remains the same–how are you going to decorate your pumpkin? This year instead of doing a traditional carving why not try one or more of these fun DIY no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas. We’ve found ten no-carve pumpkin ideas that are sure to bring out your inner crafting goddess.

10 No-Carve Pumpkin Carving Alternatives via Tipsaholic.com

1. Sunflower Seeds & Nuts

These little critters from are beyond adorable and really easy to make. All you need is sunflower seeds, nuts, feathers, and a hot glue gun.

2. Washi Tape

Not sure what to do with your endless rolls of Washi tape? Let the kids go to town decorating their pumpkins.

3. Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard paint has never looked this good. After your pumpkin dries use chalk to write a special Halloween message.

4. Decoupage

Learn how to decoupage a pumpkin using paper or fabric with this step-by-step tutorial from Country Living magazine.

5. Ric Rac

Designer Eddie Ross proves ric rac is equally chic as it is playful with these darling white pumpkins adorned with black trim.

6. Craft Paint

Lucy from Craftberry Bush demonstrates how craft paint can transform a pumpkin into you or your child’s favorite character.

7. Glitter

When it comes to crafting who can say no to glitter? Don’t let your pumpkins miss out on the fun.

8. Cheesecloth

Making these little mummies requires some cheesecloth, glow-in-the-dark paint, and a little bit of time, but when you’re done you’ll be smiling from ear to ear.

9. Nail Polish

No time to run to the store for regular craft paint? Pull out your nail polish and start creating colorful designs.

10. Brads

Angie from The Country Chic Cottage uses brads to give her pumpkins an extra dose of flair.


About the Author: Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and now calls Chicago home. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, running along Lake Michigan, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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Clarissa is a wife and stepmom embracing life in the Land of Enchantment. She works as a nonprofit communication specialist by day and blogger by night. Some of her favorite things are Dr. Pepper, green chile, baseball, country music, and her yellow lab.

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