35 Outstanding No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

Updated on July 23, 2017
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.

Are you looking for some no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas? What about some ideas for no-carve pumpkins crafts for kids? Although many folks like to carve their pumpkins for Halloween, there are some that either don't like the mess, or they're wanting a safer, no knife, way to decorate the pumpkin.

This article is full of no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas and I've included a great "how-to" painting video that shows step-by-step the best way to paint a pumpkin.To make sure that you can use the pumpkins that you craft, year after year, why not decorate paper mache or plastic pumpkins. It's always fun to craft new Halloween decorations and it's really nice when you can save them.

For the instructions to make the cute button eyed pumpkins above, go to all you.

1. Drop Cloth Pumpkins

You'll have to scroll down on the page, to find these drop cloth strips pumpkins, but you'll see so many more outstanding no-carve pumpkins that you may forget which you were actually looking for. The terrific site with so many ideas is found at Cameo Cottage Designs. Check this out...you'll be glad you did.

2. Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins

Wouldn't this be a perfect front door arrangement for Halloween? Find the tutorial at FINDING HOME farms.

3. Hobnail Milk Glass Pumpkin

Spray paint and dimensional puffy fabric paint are the secret to making hobnail pumpkins like the ones shown above. Go to spray paint & CHARDONNAY for the tutorial.

4. Sharpie Sugar Skulls

This looks like a super fun Halloween project. Find sugar skull prints on Google images and Sharpie markers to make these beauties. Go to LIL BLUE BOO for the instructions.

5. Pallet Pumpkins

So super easy to make. Find the tutorial for this outstanding craft at LITTLE House of Four.

6. Succulent Harvest Pumpkin

Beautiful....absolutely beautiful! Find out how to make this beautiful centerpiece by going to Simply Happenstance for the tutorial.

7. Pumpkin Spider Votives

Make these cute pumpkin spider votives by going to Budget wise HOME for the instructions.

8. Dot Design Pumpkin

Puff paints and rhinestones are what make this an outstanding pumpkin. The easy directions are found at Think CRAFTS.!

9. Glamorous Paper Mache Pumpkins

These glamorous pumpkins could be used in your décor during the entire fall season. The instructions for how to make them can be found at The Creative Goddess.

10. Cutie Bug Pumpkin

Imagine how happy the kids will be if you make a bug like this one for Halloween. You'll find the directions at favecrafts.

11. Eyes See You Pumpkins

I would never have thought to do this, nor would I have thought that it would look good, except that now I can see how many goggle eyes can really make a nice Halloween pumpkin. For the directions, go to allyou.

12. Decoupage Pumpkin

The directions, that you'll find at ink stains are surprisingly easy to do. This is an outstanding look for an elegant pumpkin.

13. Gold Thumbtack Pumpkin

These are beautiful and I know that there are silver, bronze and black thumbtacks available also. I think an all black or all silver pumpkin would be beautiful too. You'll find the directions at madigan made.

14. Deco Mesh Door or Wall Wreath

15. Halloween Pumpkin Picture Frame

What a nice way to display a Halloween picture for memory's sake. Go to Good Housekeeping and see how it is made.

16. Purple Bat Pumpkin

Of course you can decide what color you would want to make your bat, but this is so cute and the kids can make it. Go to Craft Ideas for All for the instructions.

17. Candle Stick Pumpkins

Even if you don't have much time to think about or make Halloween decorations, this craft is so simple that it'll only take a few minutes to put together and enjoy. Go to Woman’s Day for the instructions.

18. Pumpkin Family

Find out how to make this little Pumpkin family by finding the directions at allyou.

19. Glorious Silver Pumpkins

You'll have to scroll down on the page to get to the directions for making these silver beauties, but the directions are there on the MINIMALISTI site.

20. Cancer Awareness Pumpkins

A gentle reminder is included in this no-carve pumpkin project about cancer awareness. You can find the instructions for making these pumpkins at The Swell Life. The symbol and the color pink remind us.

21. Spider Web Pumpkin

Another super simple way to decorate for Halloween when you have little time to spend doing it. Go to Woman’s Day to see how it's done.

22. Stencil Painted Pumpkins

You'll find the instructions on how to make stencil painted Halloween pumpkins at 100 directions.

23. Jack Friendly

Make Jack Friendly to help you celebrate the Halloween season. Go to favecrafts to find the directions for this craft. A great Halloween decoration!

24. Cat and Mice

Decorate your pumpkins for the front entry by painting a black cat on one and black mice on a couple smaller pumpkins. For this no-carve pumpkin project go to Better Homes and Gardens.

25. Cute Owl

This cute owl pumpkin is just one of the pumpkin critters that you'll find on the Parents site. Go to that site for the instructions for making this and more of the critters.

26. Gauze Pumpkin Mummies

Gauze pumpkin mummies is a great, safe project for the kids to make for Halloween. No knives or awls required. Go to HANDS ON as we grow site.

27. BOO Pumpkin

This is really a nice, easy pumpkin craft for the kids to make or to help make. Go to Blissful and Domestic for the instructions. I've also seen pictures of this with the pumpkin painted black and the button in white. Very cute!

28. No-Carve Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

29. Bug Covered Pumpkin

This just about grosses me out, but knowing little boys, they'll love making this to hear their sisters scream. This project's instructions can be found at Mr. Kate. I think I'd paint the pumpkin stem black.

30. Jeweled Pumpkin

Look what adding some bling to a black painted pumpkin does to make an outstanding Halloween decoration. Go to HUFFINGTON POST for the instructions.

31. Black Bat and Black Cat

The directions at Better Homes and Gardens say to cut this pumpkin, but also suggest that you can use cardstock for the eyes and mouths.

32. Ghoulish Gourds

I guess gourds are a type of pumpkin, so they can make an appearance in this article. I love these little ghouls. Go to Parents for the instructions.

33. Jack-O-Totum

If you have lots of pumpkins and little space to display them, stack them. You'll find the tutorial for making this cute totem pole of pumpkins at COOKING CLASSY.

34. Duct Tape Pumpkin

So many folks are doing crafts with duct tape today and this is a great example of it. For the instructions, go to dollar store crafts.

35. Paper Mache Pumpkins

You'll love making these folk art type paper mache pumpkins with the kids. Let the imaginations loose and go for a special and uniquely decorated pumpkin that will become a Halloween treasure. For the tutorial to make these pumpkins, go to the that artist woman blog.

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    Would you paint instead of carve - your Halloween pumpkins?

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        Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

        I love the lace stocking pumpkins and the spider votives! Great and fun ideas!

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        iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

        Both. Great ideas!

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        getmoreinfo 5 years ago

        These No-Carve Pumpkin Crafts are really cool, I love them. Great Idea.

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        Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

        How very beautiful!

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        KayeSI 5 years ago

        What fun ideas! My grandson and I are going to try the acrylic one :) Thank you!

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        The Falcon Press 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

        I've always carved but these ideas are fabulous. I'll have to try some. Thanks.