32 Extremely Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

Less mess is best!

no carve pumpkin ideas
Antonis Achilleos

With fall quickly approaching, you’ll want to get a head start on decorating the house with some fun, Halloween and fall-themed decorations. And whether you prefer displaying fall wreaths or hanging fake spiderwebs, decorating for fall wouldn't be complete without some pumpkins.Carving pumpkins, however, can be too messy and dangerous if you don’t know how to properly handle a carving hand saw.

So why not skip out on the pumpkin clean-up this year and try some no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas? Not only are you going to keep your finger safe from pointy tools, but you can guarantee that your pumpkin decorations will look flawless, even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body. And the best part about these no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas is that you’ll only need a pumpkin and a few inexpensive materials to bring them to life.

From pumpkin spiders and haunted houses to glowing pumpkins and gnomes, these no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas will have your home ready for fall.

no carve pumpkin ideas - haunted house
Antonis Achilleos
Haunted House

Choose three orange pumpkins that stack nicely; hollow each from bottom. Draw and cut out your own templates for a door and windows, trace onto pumpkins, and carve.

Trace each again onto balsa wood sheets; cut out. Paint wood shapes black and hot-glue to frame. Bend 12-gauge aluminum wire into ghost shape, leaving 8-inch excess on both ends.

Drape cheesecloth over wire; trim excess. Spray with liquid spray starch; allow to dry. Glue black paper faces onto ghosts. Poke ends of wire into interior of pumpkin to secure.

What you'll need: Balsa Wood Sheets ($13, .com)

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no carve pumpkin ideas - golden widow
Antonis Achilleos
Gold Widow

More dazzling than creepy-crawly, this spider queen deserves her own pedestal. Make the eyes with round studs and the mouth, lashes, and legs from 12-gauge aluminum wire.

What you'll need: Aluminum wire ($14, .com)

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no carve pumpkin ideas - Spiderweb Pumpkin
Antonis Achilleos
Spiderweb Pumpkin

Print template, place over doily and cut along lines with craft knife. Apply to pumpkin with decoupage glue, cutting notches around edge so it lies flat. Use glue dot to attach plastic spider.

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no carve pumpkin ideas - Spooky and Sparkly
Antonis Achilleos
Spooky and Sparkly

Spellbound: Use highlighter to spell out BOO on a cheese pumpkin. Outline letters with straight pins, leaving about ½" of pin sticking out. Wrap LED copper string lights around pins; repeat two to three times. Tuck battery pack behind the pumpkin.

Web design: Hot-glue three long strips of ¼-inch glittered ribbon to a medium white pumpkin to create radial threads of web. Measure, cut, and glue 12 shorter ribbon strips to complete the web. For spider legs, cut eight 1-inch to 1½-inch pieces of 12-gauge gold aluminum wire; bend each and hot-glue to a ¾-inch gold stud for the spider body. Hot-glue spider body in place and add a small stud for the spider head.

Falling leaves: Gently trace a leaf onto Silver Fanci-Foil Wrap, then cut out; repeat (or fold foil first to cut multiple leaves at once). Use Mod Podge to adhere leaves onto a green heirloom pumpkin. Etch leaf veins with toothpick while wet or dry.

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pumpkin painting idea - Bat Tree Pumpkin Painting Idea
Antonis Achilleos
Bat Tree & Metallic Pumpkins

Bat tree: Use gold permanent marker to draw tree on tall white pumpkin. Add bat stickers.

Copper tape: Apply ¼"-wide copper foil tape to small pumpkin. Cut strips in half lengthwise as needed to lie flat.

Tattoo pumpkin: Clean and dry small-to-medium round pumpkin. Apply per instructions on Premium Metallic Tattoos.

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no carve pumpkin ideas - The Birds
Antonis Achilleos
The Birds

Carefully remove the stem from a sugar pumpkin and paint it black. Trace bottoms of two waterproof red LED lights onto black paper, then cut out and punch hole in center; fit paper on lights.

Hot-glue LED eyes and beak to pumpkin. Hot-glue wood skewers to backs of children's black feather angel wings; push into pumpkin to secure.

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no carve pumpkin ideas - Menacing Mummy
Miki Duisterhof
Menacing Mummy

Wrap a pumpkin in cheesecloth to create an ominous-looking mummy's head. Black construction-paper eyes add to the eerie image.

Get the tutorial for Menacing Mummy.

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no carve pumpkin ideas - Spindly Spider
Miki Duisterhof
Spindly Spider

Turn three gourds on their side to make this spider. Button eyes and branch legs complete the creepy crawly creature.

Get the tutorial for Spindly Spider.

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no carve pumpkin ideas - night owl
Miki Duisterhof
Night Owl

Whoo's cuter than this guy? Fashion an adorable owl out of a stack of pumpkins, paper and other basic craft supplies.

Get the tutorial for Night Owl.

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no carve pumpkin ideas - Tangled Web
Tangled Web

Cotton kitchen twine and few plastic spiders transform pumpkins from bright and cheery to creepy-crawly in a matter of minutes.

Get the tutorial for Tangled Web.

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no carve pumpkin idea - Merry Mix-Up
Miki Duisterhof
Merry Mix-Up

A mash-up of holidays makes for a very stylish display. Gold antlers and a Rudolph-inspired nose will take your gourds well into winter.

Get the tutorial for Merry Mix-Up.

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pumpkin carving ideas - Gnome
Antonis Achilleos

Carve 2 small holes in butternut squash for eyes and push in dried black beans for pupils. Hot-glue a kidney bean horizontally for a nose and carve mouth.

For feet, cut off ends of mini cucumbers at an angle and secure with toothpicks. Trace hat template onto burlap fabric and cut out; roll into cone and secure with hot glue.

For ears, slice skin off bottom of squash and cut into 2 half-circles; secure with toothpicks. For beard, hot-glue 2 rows of dried pumpkin seeds. Cut burlap belt and hot-glue around base of squash. Cut buckle from cereal box; glue in place. Cut strip of burlap for apron, then glue half-circle of burlap to underside; hot-glue in place.

For hair, cut a length of natural raffia, glue middle of bunch to top of squash, then tie ends into pigtails with thin cotton ribbon.

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no carve pumpkin idea - spooky witch
Miki Duisterhof
Spooky Witch

This trio of pumpkins — complete with a mini-gourd nose — is a dead ringer for a spooky witch when topped with a pointy hat and trash bag cape.

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pumpkin painting idea - Scary Silhouette 
Miki Duisterhof
Spooky Silhouettes

Drenched in black paint, these pumpkins create a sinister-looking backdrop for spooky stenciled decorations.

Get the tutorial for Spooky Silhouettes.

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no carve pumpkin idea - Great Balls of Fire
Miki Duisterhof
Great Balls of Fire

Set your stoop ablaze by stringing white outdoor holiday lights around regular pumpkins. It's a simple way to set a spooky mood — and illuminate your walkway!

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no carve pumpkin ideas - Night Lights
Miki Duisterhof
Night Lights

Feeling spooked? Brighten your space with these classy pumpkins outfitted with drip pillar candles.

Get the tutorial for Night Lights.

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no carve pumpkin ideas - target kit
Character Pumpkins

Let your kids' imagination run free with these pumpkin characters that they can either build as instructed or mix and match to create unique creatures.

What you'll need: Pumpkin decoration kit ($35, target.com)

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no carve pumpkin ideas - decal
'Hello Fall' Decal

Keep your Halloween decoration out for a little longer with this "Hello Fall" decal that you can just stick on a pumpkin. You can also pick the size and the color when you order this decal.

What you'll need: Decal ($9, etsy.com)

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no carve pumpkin ideas - stickers
Make Your Own Jack-O-Lantern

Decorating your Jack-O-Lantern can be as easy as peeling stickers and sticking them on your pumpkin to look however you want it to.

What you'll need: Jack-O-Lantern Stickers ($9, .com)

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no carve pumpkin decorating ideas - elsa
A Pumpkin and a Princess
Frozen Elsa Pumpkin

If your kids love the movie Frozen, have them help out with this Disney-inspired pumpkin. It only requires glitter spray paint and adhesive rhinestones.

Get the tutorial from A Pumpkin & A Princess.

What you'll need: Glitter Spray Paint ($11, .com) and Adhesive rhinestones ($3, michaels.com)

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no carve pumpkin decorating ideas - drip paint
Mom Dot
Drip Painted Pumpkins

Get creative with your Halloween pumpkins this year by using Milk Paint to create pretty drip patterns.

Get the tutorial from Mom Dot.

What you'll need: Milk Paint ($11, .com)

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no carve pumpkin decoration ideas - balloon
Paper & Stitch
Balloon Dipped Pumpkins

Fall colors don’t have to be bland and boring. Spruce up your Halloween decor with some bright pink and yellow pumpkins. All you have to do is cover the base of a mini pumpkin with a balloon.

Get the tutorial from Paper & Stitch.

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no carve pumpkin decoration ideas - emoji
Cute Fetti
Emoji Pumpkin

Create a whole family of emoji pumpkins for your front porch with spray paint and cutout faces from craft foam sheets.

Get the tutorial from Cute Fetti.

What you'll need: Spray paint ($15, .com) and Craft foam sheets ($16, .com)

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no carve pumpkin decoration ideas - pun pumpkins
Studio DIY

Halloween's a time for tricks, but also for puns! Use these punny printables (or create your own!) and print on tattoo paper, then apply like you would on your skin.

Get the tutorial from Studio DIY.

What you'll need: Tattoo paper ($16, .com)

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no carve pumpkin decoration ideas - polka dot pumpkins
Sugar and Cloth
Polka Dot Pumpkin

Your white pumpkins will sparkle bright thanks to some gold sequins.

Get the tutorial from Sugar & Cloth.

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no carve pumpkin decoration ideas - black and white pumpkin
A Princess and a Pumpkin
Black and White Pumpkin

Dress up your pumpkin this Halloween with this wickedly stylish look.

Get the tutorial from A Pumpkin and a Princess.

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no carve pumpkin decoration ideas - donut pumpkin
Studio DIY
Donut Pumpkin

It doesn't get any cuter than these doughnut-inspired pumpkins.

Get the tutorial from Studio DIY.

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no carve pumpkin decoration ideas - marbled indigo pumpkin
Alice and Lois
Marbled Indigo Pumpkin

You’ve probably seen marbled Easter eggs, so why not try the same technique for Halloween pumpkins? Pick up a few white faux pumpkins and use any shade of nail polish to add color.

Get the tutorial from Alice and Louis.

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