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41 BEST NO-CARVE PUMPKIN DECORATING IDEAS FOR HALLOWEEN 2024

I’ve rounded up the 41 best no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas for those who want to create a beautiful-looking pumpkin for Halloween without carving into it. There are some brilliant contest-winning ideas in this roundup.

41 INSPIRATIONAL NO-CARVE PUMPKIN DECORATING IDEAS

Pick yourself a contest-winning design and get creating your pumpkin!

BIRDS AND ANIMALS

CUTE RACCOON

Image: @monicsreativespace

LITTLE GIRL ELEPHANT

Image: @nlove1437 The trunk is made with Crayola Model Magic

PRETTY PINK FLAMINGO

Image: @jilly2786

PRICKLY HEDGEHOG

Image: @maldita_sa_kuzina

CRAFTY FOX

Image: @barbieannray

BLACK AND WHITE DESIGNS

BLACK, WHITE AND GOLD BUTTERFLY

Image: @elizabeth.king.art. Beautifully hand-painted.

CUTE FACES WITH BOWS ON TOP

Image: @darlingmama_

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Image: @lili_herrrra. Beautifully hand-painted Zero the Dog from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

CLASSIC PUMPKIN FACE IN BLACK AND WHITE

Image: @brwn_skyn_beaute

BLACK AND WHITE OWLS

Image: @arrowartstudio. Delicately painted black and white owls.

PUMPKINS DECORATED WITH TEMPORARY TATTOOS

Image: @darlingmama_

CARTOON CHARACTERS

MINION PUMPKINS

Image: @alonausa

E.T THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL

Image: @adventuring.watsons

MR POTATO HEAD

Image: @brandy.able

ANGRY BIRDS

Image: @eleniquedesigns

BABY YODA

Image: @kshadows

SHARPIE CARTOON FACES

Image: @savingtalents

SPOOKY CREATIONS

SCARY CARTOON FACES

Image: @alwayssmlllng

LITTLE PUMPKIN SPIDERS

Image: @squidgydoodle

PUMPKIN WITCH

Image: @karnes63

ZOMBURGER PUMPKIN

Image: @ginakirlew

COLOURFUL CREATIONS

MULTI-COLOUR MUMMIES

Image: @dreamalittlebiggerblog

EASY PEASY COLOURFUL FACES

Image: @funcraftskids

COLOURFUL SUGAR SKULL

Image: @kahlsgirl

MELTED CRAYON PUMPKIN

Image: @kat.dale

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FINDING THE PERFECT NO-CARVE PUMPKIN DECORATING IDEAS

If you are eager to decide how to decorate your pumpkin when you bring it home fresh from the pumpkin patch, it is a good idea to have a design planned and ready.

Whether you want to create a contest-winning pumpkin design, have something you can proudly decorate your front porch with on 31st October, or find a design that is easy enough for your kids to do, this roundup has all the inspiration you need.

I’ve taken care to stick to designs that are realistic; this isn’t a roundup of fine art creations; these are the kind of pumpkin designs that will bring a smile and brighten up someone’s day rather than go on display in an art gallery.

That said, the roundup has some really clever and creative ideas. So I hope you have fun choosing which design you are going to set about recreating.

There are ideas for painting, using Sharpie pens, decals, and temporary tattoos to adorn pumpkins.

I particularly love some of the cartoon character creations.

Whether you only have a few minutes to rush through a design or plan to spend hours creating your pumpkin, there is something in this roundup for you.

  1. 20ft Parachute
    £34.99

    A 20' parachute is great for larger parties. This is the size that many party entertainers have. I like this particular parachute because it has 24 handles, whereas some 20' parachutes only have ten handles for kids to hold.

    Buy from Amazon
    02/18/2024 05:08 pm GMT
  2. 12ft Parachute
    £19.99

    Smaller 12' parachutes are the perfect size for smaller, at-home parties.

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    02/18/2024 05:03 pm GMT

Amanda

Thursday 15th of October 2015

What a great collection of no carve projects... I wanted to comment and let you know I just love your blog name and logo... it's so like me too... I'm glad I found you {from Pinterest{, if you wanted to know :) Blessings Amanda

Lisa/Syncopated Mama

Wednesday 30th of September 2015

Wow, these were ideas I really wasn't expecting - very cool! Pinning.

Mummy Tries

Friday 25th of September 2015

Loved this post, and it's perfect for the non crafters like me! The pink and orange polka dot one is my fave, and know my girls will adore it :) Thanks so much for sharing with #DiffLinky

Heaven Smiling

Tuesday 22nd of September 2015

I can't believe how clever some of these things are! The puff paint ones are intense. Pinning for sure. Stopping by from two cup Tuesday.

Shabby Baker

Sunday 26th of October 2014

Thanks for this very interesting post! i am one of those "talentless" carver who can't carve pumpkins from scratch so these no-carve pumpkin carving ideas are pretty handy for me. I'm gonna try some of them this year. Happy Halloween!

Alice Emma Thompson

Sunday 26th of October 2014

So glad it is not just me who is rubbish at carving :-) We have had so much fun with these no carve ideas and it is great that they last longer uncarved. Happy Halloween!!