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.
Halloween is the time for all things old and spooky, and these Victorian-style pumpkins will be the perfect addition to your doorstep.
Make use of the old magazine you have lying around the house by cutting out eyes and mouths to use on your pumpkin. Simply use some craft glue to stick the faces on and voila, you've got yourself a funny pumpkin that took no time at all to make.
Go the extra mile and transform your pumpkins into full blown people. To keep this DIY on the cheaper side, you can use any clothes you have laying about the house.
You can use a permanent marker and lipstick to pull off this minimalist pumpkin look that's sure to get you a few compliments.
This fun decorative idea lets you try out several designs that all still have a cohesive look, thanks to the matching gold paint. You can mix and match your polka dots, stripes, or any other design you can think of.
What You'll Need: Metallic paints ($20, Amazon)
Let out your inner artist this Halloween and use washable poster paint to create your desired design.
What You'll Need: Washable poster paints ($19, Amazon)
All you need is black paint and chalk to replicate this chalk-board-inspired pumpkin. Simply coat your pumpkin in black paint and use chalk to write or draw whatever your heart desires.
Even if you're not a big fan of eating the classic Halloween candy, you will love this adorable candy corn-inspired design. Visually divide an orange pumpkin into thirds and spray paint the top third white and the bottom third yellow.
What You'll Need: White spray paint ($12, Amazon); yellow spray paint ($12, Amazon)
Prefer your pumpkins to have a bit of glitz and glamor? Use metallic gold paint to create this fun look. Apply stick-on letter stencil to the pumpkin and use a paintbrush to create the drip design. Once dry, peel the stencils off.
What You'll Need: Letter stencils ($9, Amazon); metallic paint ($20, Amazon)
Have an artsy side? Let it out by using paint pens to draw a fun design onto white pumpkins.
What you'll need: Paint pens ($17, Amazon)
Change up the typical pumpkin decorations with these cute butternut squash ghosts. Simply paint the squash white, let it dry, and then add on a face with black paint. For the arms, hot glue cotton batting to the sides.
What You'll Need: White paint ($5, Amazon); cotton batting ($11, Amazon)
Perfect for small pumpkins, this technique uses things you likely already have on hand: warm water and nail polish. Simply pour a few drops of polish into a bowl of warm water and gently swirl it around with a toothpick. Hold the pumpkin by the stem and slowly twirl it through the water.
Fall means there's plaid just about everywhere, and that includes your pumpkins! Get yourself some orange and white pumpkins and paint on the cosy design.
What You'll Need: Assorted craft paint ($18, Amazon)
This easy design will give your pumpkins a witchy feel. All you have to do it hot glue a black doily on the bottom or top of a pumpkin. If gluing it on the top, remember to cut a hole for the stem!
What You'll Need: Hot glue gun ($10, Amazon); black doily ($10, Amazon)
Bring some shimmer and shine to your pumpkins this year by creating designs with stick-on jewels on a white pumpkin.
What You'll Need: Self-adhesive jewels ($14, Amazon)
This shiny design looks great on any pumpkin, but works especially well on a green heirloom pumpkin. Outline several maple leaves onto Fanci-Foil wrap and cut them out. Then use Mod Podge to adhere them to the pumpkin. To get the realistic leaf look, use a toothpick to draw on veins while the leaves are still drying.
What You'll Need: Fanci-Foil Wrap ($12, Amazon); Mod Podge ($7, Amazon)
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, Amazon)
Print the 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.
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.
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.
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.
Wrap a pumpkin in cheesecloth to create an ominous-looking mummy's head. Black construction-paper eyes add to the eerie image.
Turn three gourds on their side to make this spider. Button eyes and branch legs complete the creepy crawly creature.
Whoo's cuter than this guy? Fashion an adorable owl out of a stack of pumpkins, paper and other basic craft supplies.
Cotton kitchen twine and few plastic spiders transform pumpkins from bright and cheery to creepy-crawly in a matter of minutes.
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.
Carve two 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.
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.
Drenched in black paint, these pumpkins create a sinister-looking backdrop for spooky stenciled decorations.