13 Creative No-Carve Pumpkins

By Kristina Grosspietsch

Boost your fall decor with a creative DIY pumpkin — no knives or scoopers required.

Drip crayon pumpkin

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Melt a rainbow of crayons with a hairdryer for a funky and fun pumpkin. Beforehand, try painting the pumpkin in a bright color (or just plain white) to really pump up the whole effect.

Thumbtack pumpkin

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The only thing separating you and a luxurious, gilded pumpkin is a bunch of gold thumbtacks. Stick them in and voila!

Painted pumpkins

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Strategically tape or wrap rubber bands around your pumpkins wherever you’d like their bright orange to shine through. Then paint. Once dry, peel back the tape to reveal a fresh and fashionable color-blocked look.

Sequin pumpkin

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This sequin pumpkin might be the simplest squash on our list. Just glue on your favorite sequins to give your pumpkin a flashy, feminine DIY twist.

Chalkboard pumpkins

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Write a message on your pumpkin but avoid the trouble of etching or carving. Go for chalkboard paint instead!

Ombre pumpkin

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To create this great ombre effect, paint your pumpkin with your chosen colors (darkest on the bottom) and then blend the stripes into each other with a cotton ball.

Epsom salt pumpkin

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Step one: Paint with Mod Podge®. Step two: Roll in Epsom salt. Step three: Admire your seriously unique pumpkin. Once you have that mastered, try it with glitter.

Caterpillar pumpkin

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Got more pumpkins than you know what to do with? A little green paint, some felt spots and a pair of googly-eyes can transform a pumpkin … into a caterpillar.

Stocking pumpkins

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Wrap your gourds in fishnet or lace stockings for a glamorous look. But don’t blame us if your sultry pumpkin starts singing the soundtrack to “Chicago”!

Decoupage pumpkin

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Select images and photocopy or print them onto white paper. Press the paper onto your pumpkin, painting over it with a thin layer of Mod Podge®. The result is a cool, vintage effect.

Glazed pumpkins

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For a subtle but sophisticated look, paint a golden glaze over your pumpkins, then group or stack the shiny spheres any way you please.

Ribbon pumpkins

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Hot-glue some decorative ribbons to your pumpkin for a simple, clean, yet fashion-forward look. The more ribbon, the more stripes, plaids and zigzag patterns to create — so go wild!

‘Liberace’ pumpkin

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What do you get when you combine all of these decorations together? Sequins, laces, glitter, ribbons, paint and a little Mod Podge® — the one and only “Liberace” pumpkin.


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