I love a classic jack ‘o lantern, but no carve pumpkins are less stressful to make with kids. Another bonus, they don’t rot nearly as fast! I also love that you can do any of these unique pumpkin ideas on real or faux pumpkins. Here are 18 clever, easy no carve pumpkin ideas.
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18 No Carve Pumpkins
No carve pumpkins are brilliant in warm climates because they don’t rot and attract bugs nearly as fast as carved pumpkins do. Office supplies is one of my favorite ways to decorate pumpkins with kids. Hunt down thumbtacks, Duck Tape, and a permeant marker to make some wild, cute no carve pumpkins with the kids!
1. Thumbtack pumpkin
Who knew office supplies made such great pumpkin decorating supplies?! Simply stick the thumbtacks into the pumpkin in any shape, word, deisgn or single letter for cute, easy no carve pumpkins. See the complete no carve thumbtack pumpkin tutorial at C.R.A.F.T.
2. Duck Tape
If you have a Finding Nemo obsessed tiny human in your life, this is the perfect no carve pumpkin for you! Find the complete Finding Nemo no carve pumpkin tutorial at C.R.A.F.T.
3. Duck Tape Pumpkins
These pumpkin are also made with Duck Tape. I used my Cricut cutting machine to cut fill sheets of Duct Tape into a pumpkin face and a skull. It doesn’t get any easier than this! Get the full no carve, Duck Tape pumpkin tutorial at C.R.A.F.T.
4. Sharpie marker
One of my all time favorite crafting supplies makes the perfect spider web on a pumpkin painted white. Grab a permanent marker and make a web! Fore more details on the office supply no carve pumpkin, check out C.R.A.F.T.
5. Gold thumb tacks
Here’s another no c rave pumpkin idea with thumbtacks. For a fancy feel, cover the entire pumpkin in gold thumbtacks. Who knew office supplies could make a few fake pumpkins look like a million bucks! For more details check out Rosyscription.
6. String Art
Use string, nails, and a hammer to dress up a pumpkin this year! For more details, check out the complete tutorial at Lines Across.
7. Magazine Faces
Let the kiddos cut up the old magazines hanging out in the junk drawer to make crazy faced pumpkins.
DIY Painted Pumpkins
8. Flower Painted Pumpkin
I used blue, orange, white, and green paint to paint 3 different flowers and vines all over a faux pumpkin. I love how it turned out!
9. Doodle pumpkins
These patterned painted pumpkins are amazing. I love them! See more at Blazer Designs.
10. Rainbow Pumpkins
Rainbows make everything cuter, including pumpkins. Tutorial and lots more pictures at Whatever.
11. Finger Painted Pumpkins
John and Sherry used painters tape to block off the “P” and the pumpkin face. Then they let their toddler finger paint the pumpkins. Way more details at Young House Love.
12. Puff Painted Pumpkins
A little puff paint adds texture and pattern to these cute pumpkins. Complete tutorial at Young House Love.
13. Word Search
Love search words? Make a search a word search puzzle pumpkin with chalkboard paint and stickers At the Picket Fence.
14. Door knob
Give a faux pumpkin a new life with a paint job and an antique door knob stem! Genius! Details at Finding Home.
15. Clock pumpkin
You can literally turn anything into a clock, including a fake pumpkin! Simply paint a faux any color you’d like and then install a DIY clock kit for less than $10. Festive and timely, get the details At the Pickett Fence.
16. Eyeball pumpkin
This pumpkin requires a small amount of carving, but you only have to carve an oval/ eye shape into a large orange pumpkin! Then, paint an eyeball on a smaller, white pumpkin and place the white pumpkin inside the orange pumpkin. This creative eyeball pumpkin was created by Bee Moon Sketches.
Unique No Carve Pumpkin Ideas
17. Drill a Pumpkin
Use a drill to “carve” a pumpkin the super easy way, and make designs to let your pumpkin shine! Check out the tutorial at Crafty Nest.
18. Doily Pumpkin
Consider adhering a gold doily to decorate a pumpkin. It’s simple and beautiful! For details, check out 17 Apart.
19. Sticker Pumpkins
These simple neon circle stickers look amazing on a white painted pumpkin, don’t you think?
What’s your favorite way to decorate pumpkins? If you’re into thumbtacks, check out this thumbtack pumpkin decorating party I hosted at my local IKEA. If you want more pumpkin decorating ideas check out: