If you are looking to avoid using knives when decorating with pumpkins this Fall, you’ll want to use these cute and creative no-carve pumpkin ideas!
Confession time: I’m no good at using a knife.
Sure, I can chop veggies to make dinner, but trying to carve a pumpkin? No way!
It’s a bad scenario. Definite disaster… and possible dismemberment.
Plus, I’m not a huge fan of having sharp objects around kids. Not to mention letting kids actually use sharp objects like knives themselves…
Did you just shudder at that thought too?
With that in mind, we’ve been skipping the part where we cut pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns each year and have started focusing on other creative ways to decorate our pumpkins for the season.
It’s safer for the kids…and even more, me! 😉
We found so many great pumpkin decorating ideas, that we’ve put together a list of no-carve pumpkin ideas to inspire you too. No knives… no cutting… just pure genius, imagination, and fun!
No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas for Fall
Pumpkin decorating has come a long way in the last few years. These super creative ideas will help you decorate your pumpkins in some really fun ways – without the use of a single knife.
Mr. Potato Head Poke-Ins | Happy Hooligans
Use your kids’ Mr. Potato Head pieces to decorate your pumpkin! You may need to use a drill to create some holes, but otherwise, this one’s a cinch.
It’s a terrific decoration where the kids can use a lot of creativity. It also makes a great last-minute decoration for those years when you forget to put out a pumpkin…until Halloween!
Glow-In-The-Dark Pumpkins | I love To Create
Why have I never thought of glow-in-the-dark pumpkins? It’s so easy! All you need is some glow in the dark paint to create stripes, dots, words, funny faces, etc.
Oh goodness, I’m getting so many ideas for ways to decorate our pumpkins this way this year!
Decoupage Fabric Pumpkins | DIY Inspired
Use fabric scraps to decoupage a pumpkin. It looks like a designer pumpkin (is there such a thing?) but costs almost nothing to make.
You can do this with fake pumpkins, too, and reuse them year after year. That’s a huge time-saver unless you like changing up your decorations every year.
Bat Pumpkins | Glue Sticks & Gumdrops
These bat pumpkins are adorable! All you need is some black paint, googly eyes, and construction paper to make this fun, no-carve pumpkin idea.
This is a perfect decorating project that the kids can do on their own (or with minimal help).
Mummy Pumpkins | Hands On As We Grow
Create a family of mummy pumpkins to deck out your front porch. Use gauze and googly eyes to recreate them.
This no-carve pumpkin idea is so cute and couldn’t be easier! I love that you can easily make a “family” of mummies in this style.
These pun-kins have me rolling with laughter! Trick or Treat yo’ self to some alphabet stickers (or mailbox stickers), and make your own punny pumpkins. Or, you can use tattoo paper like this example did.
But, if you have nice handwriting, skip the extra steps and just write your puns on with a paint marker!
Pushpin Pumpkins | A Subtle Revelry
As an office supplies addict, this pushpin pumpkin really appeals to me. And if you’re the artsy type, you can easily create geometric designs and patterns on your pumpkin using thumbtacks.
“Boo-tiful” Pumpkin | Better Homes & Gardens
This “boo” pumpkin is boo-tiful. A pretty ribbon, some buttons, and some hot glue are all that is needed to make your pumpkin look like this.
Caterpillar Pumpkin | Better Homes & Gardens
Oh my word. This caterpillar pumpkin idea is adorable! Perfect if your kiddos are fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, too. You can change the color scheme of the caterpillar to match the book character.
Washi Tape | Domestically Creative
Why have I never thought of this? I love using washi tape, and the decoration possibilities are endless.
Now if that’s not an easy pumpkin decorating idea, I don’t know what is.
No-Carve Pikachu Pumpkin Idea | In The Playroom
Try personalizing a pumping as your favorite character. This no-carve Pikachu pumpkin will be a huge hit with Pokemon fans this year. It’s so easy to make!
Minions No-Carve Pumpkin Idea | Crafty Morning
Create fun Minion pumpkins with blue and yellow paint and the bottoms of some soda cans to create the eyes.
The eyes are my favorite part, and they will probably be your kids’ favorite part too. So fun!
Chalkboard Countdown Pumpkin | Booturtle
Use chalkboard paint to create a countdown pumpkin for your porch or mantle. Change the number each day for a fun way to count down to Halloween. How brilliant is that?
Confetti Pumpkins | Cloudy Day Gray
Confetti pumpkins may be my new favorite thing. Buy confetti (or make your own with tissue paper and a hole punch), and glue it to white pumpkins.
It’s not super Halloween-like, so you can display them for months. But it is super colorful and fun.
Dip-Dye Glitter No-Carve Pumpkins | The Farmer’s Daughter
These glitter-dipped pumpkins look grown-up and very sparkly. They’re perfect for a table centerpiece, a front porch, or your mantle.
Glitter Monogrammed Pumpkin | Unoriginal Mom
And here’s another fabulous idea for all that glitter: a glitter monogram pumpkin. Just find a pretty monogram stencil or use a silhouette to create your own template.
Watercolor Painted Glam Pumpkins | Nest of Posies
You know, I didn’t think I’d like pastel pumpkins, but these watercolor and gold pumpkins are just fabulous. Simply paint with traditional acrylic paint then modge podge and glitter the stem.
This unique no-carve pumpkin idea couldn’t be easier!
There you go! With these 17 no-carve ideas, you’ll never need to cut a face into a pumpkin again (unless you want to!). Which idea will you try first?