Hands up who has either the spare time or the will to carve an amazing pumpkin amongst all the other weekly busy mother tasks?
No, me neither!
I love seeing beautifully carved pumpkins, but I just can’t get it together to create one.
Seriously, I can barely manage a toothless grin and some splodgy eyes without almost slicing one of my fingers off each Halloween.
Plus I’m always put to shame by the neighbours.
One neighbour makes models for blockbuster films.
The other neighbour studied fine art!!
Both of them produce fantastic carved pumpkins every Halloween.
I’ve got a pumpkin carving kit but even with the best kit in the world, I am not convinced my pumpkins won’t look like scary in all the wrong kind of ways.
So, I have been on the hunt for truly simple ways we can decorate our pumpkin this year.
More easy to make Halloween decorations: Easy DIY Halloween wreaths
Ways that we can create something amazing with no carving at all.
I’ve put a list together to share with you – because lists is what I do!!
Each no carve pumpkin decorating idea is super quick, super easy.
The kind of pumpkin decorating that just can’t go wrong.
Easy no carve pumpkin decorating ideas
1. Duct Tape
- Duct tape is a super easy way to turn pumpkins into skeletons, witches etc
- It comes plain in every colour from black and white to gold and green, so can just cover the pumpkin however you like and then cut out eyes, teeth etc
- Or as super-quick-mama-has-no-time cheat stick duct tape in Halloween patterns … skulls, spiders etc … along the ribs of the pumpkin …
Duck Tape witch pumpkin
Duct Tape Witch – The Crafty Blogstalker
Duct tape skull pumpkin
Duct Tape Skull – The Domestic Diva
Duck Tape bat pumpkin
Duct Tape Bats – Unsophisticook
Polka dot duct tape pumpkin
Duct Tape Spots – Wholesome Mommy
2. Melted Crayons
- Pile crayons minus papers on top of a pumpkin and melt them with a hair dryer
- Use up old crayons, or if too grubby like ours, Crayola do one colour boxes including green, black, white, gold plus neon brights
Drip art crayon pumpkin
Drip Art Crayon Pumpkin – The Swell Designer
Black melted crayon pumpkin
Black Melted Crayon Pumpkins – Giggles Galore
3. Thumb tacks and push pins
- Use white or black thumb tacks to make ghosts, spiders, cobwebs etc
- Or spray paint pumpkin in a great metallic gold or bronze and mark out monograms, house numbers or patterns with co-ordinating tacks
- Or pick out pattern with pins, spray all over & remove pins to create relief
Thumb tack ghost pumpkin
Thumb tack ghost pumpkin – CRAFT
Gold thumb tack pumpkin
Gold thumb tack pumpkin – Madigan Made
Monogram thumb tack pumpkin
Monogram Thumb Tack Pumpkin – All In a Day
4. Puffy Paint
- Use 3D fabric paint to create spooky characters or decorate pretty patterns or a stylish black henna effect
- Scribbles and Tulip do just about every colour you could wish for
- And Tulip also do glow in the dark 3D paint which seems to work pretty well
Glow in the dark puffy paint pumpkin
Glow in the Dark Puffy Paint Pumpkin – Club Chicacircle
Pretty puffy paint pumpkin
Pretty Puffy Paint Pumpkin – Alisa Burke
5. Spray paint relief with masking tape
- To create spooky relief faces or simple patterns e.g. chevrons mark out shape with masking tape spray paint over, let the paint dry and then remove masking tape
- Stock up on spray paint then get creating!
Cheveron spray paint pumpkin
Cheveron Spray Paint Pumpkin – Feeling Lovesome
- Glitter is always my favourite last first resort for seasonal crafts
- Mix colours in a jar, slap mod podge on the pumpkin and shake glitter over it
- Gold and silver glitter looks fabulous, but Martha Stewart has neon glitter!
Glittered pumpkins – Yesterday’s Sweetheart
7. Glossy Mod Podge and fabric or paper
- I’ve seen some gorgeous decoupage pumpkin ideas out there, but they are not simple!!!
- For an easy version cover pumpkin in mod podge, stick on fabric strips or tissue paper shapes and then go over with a layer of gloss finish mod podge once dry
Tissue and Mod Podge pumpkin
Tissue and Mod Podge pumpkin – Young House Love
Mod Podge and fabric pumpkin
Mod Podge and fabric pumpkin – Love Sweet Love
8. Sharpie pen pumpkins
- Use a sharpie to drawn on a face, spiders and webs or whatever you like
- And if you’re hopeless at drawing straight line – I am! – get a fab nib sharpie
Sharpie pen pumpkins
Sharpie Pen Pumpkins – Boxy Colonial
9. Sticky Back Felt
- An easy way for small kids to create faces without cutting a pumpkin
- Can use plain felt but sticky back felt gets less messed up in little hands
Sticky back felt pumpkin
Sticky Back Felt Pumpkin – Makely Home
10. Bean covered pumpkins
- It’s as simple as getting your hands on some dried beans and peas
- Then stick them onto the pumpkin using craft glue in any pattern you fancy
Bean Pumpkin – Delineate Your Dwelling
11. Washi Tape
- One of my favourite craft tools, one of the most loved Christmas posts on Mums Make Lists is for Washi tape Christmas craft ideas.
- Simply arm yourself with some Washi tape, either Halloween themed tape or whatever you love and start sticking it on
Washi Tape Pumpkin – It’s Overflowing
I hope you find something that inspires you in this list. Halloween can be a busy time of year for us mothers juggling it all.
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