Halloween DIY: 20 No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

Not all of us want to get out our knives and carve out jack-o-lanterns from pumpkins. It could be the mess or for some other reason. Lucky for us, we don’t need to carve pumpkins this Halloween. Here are no-carve pumpkin ideas to try instead.

1. Pumpkin Bats or Cats

Transform your pumpkins into spooky bats or creepy cats. Start by painting the pumpkin black and then attach a tail, ears, and bat wings.

2. Mummy Pumpkin

Another great idea is to transform your pumpkin into a mummy. Simply cover it with pieces of cheesecloth and viola! Your mummy pumpkin is done. Here’s the tutorial.

3. Frozen Jack-o-Lantern

How about creating a jack-o-lantern Frozen style? Paint the pumpkin silvery blue. Then, add some faux rhinestones and a tiara for some sparkle. Poof! Your pumpkin ala Frozen is done. Here’s the complete tutorial.

4. Pumpkins as Your Favorite Pop Characters

If you prefer, you can decorate your pumpkins to look like your favorite pop characters. For instance, here’s Olaf.

Of course, you can create other characters like Frankenstein, Minions, Humpty Dumpty, and more. Check out this post for links to tutorials on specific pop characters.

5. Racy Gothic Pumpkin

A bare pumpkin with a black lace stencil using a doily or a piece of tulle will give you a that Gothic, racy feel. Or you could simply wrap an old pair of fishnet or lace tights around the pumpkin and add a silky bow at the stem or a witch’s hat like the one pictured above.

6. Decoupage Pumpkins

To re-create this Cinco de Mayo-inspired pumpkin, follow this tutorial.

Another great decoupage pumpkin idea is this blue-and-white chinoiserie-patterned pumpkin by betweennapsontheporch.net. Check out the tutorial here.

7. Floral Pumpkins

Go with a floral theme and paint flowers on your pumpkins. All you need are some paint and brushes.

8. Pumpkin in Sequins

Paint, sequins, glue, and a little creativity are all you need to create this DIY project. If you need help, here’s the tutorial.

9. Thumbtack Pumpkin

Could a no-carve pumpkin project get any easier than this? Simply grab a couple boxes of thumbtacks and go thumbtack crazy on your pumpkin until its partially or fully covered. Whatever you want goes. Studs would also work great.

10. Yarn or Sweater Pumpkins

Upcycle your old sweaters and use them to dress up your pumpkins for Halloween.

Or get some yarn and use this to create a pumpkin. Here are the instructions.

11. Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin

If you have a lot of mason jars in your home, this DIY is for you. You’ll need about 25 of those, some vintage paper, and cinnamon sticks. Here’s the tutorial.

12. Melted Crayon Pumpkin

13. Pumpkin Patterns

Fancy a harlequin or polka dot design? Go ahead and put it on your pumpkin. You could also go for some stylish chevrons and paint your pumpkin in the colors of fall. Check out grandinroad.com for some stylish design inspirations.

14. Pumpkin Donut

This donut pumpkin, dubbed donutkin by creator Erica Sams, is simply adorable. You can create your own donutkin, too. Follow the steps here.

15. Marbelized Pumpkins

Create this marbled effect on a pumpkin. Follow the steps provided by creator Laurel of A Bubbly Life here.

16. Cat and Mouse Chase Silhouettes

This is an easy-to-do project that needs only black paint and a paint pen. You can freehand this or download BHG’s free templates. Whatever  method you choose, you should end up with a fun cat-and-mouse chase scene.

17. Tiered Fairy-Tale Pastel Pumpkins

Doesn’t this pumpkin remind you of fairy tales? Bring this colorful and bright pumpkin set to life using pretty pastel paints and embellish with lacy trims and adhesive gems.

18. Masked Pumpkins

Make your pumpkins look like Zorro or masked bandits. Here’s how. You can also use the mask templates here.

19. Glittering and Bejeweled Pumpkins

Add sparkle and shimmer to your pumpkins with glitter and faux gems. Here‘s how to decorate with glitters. Here‘s how to bling out your pumpkins.

20. Trios are a Treat

Get three pumpkins, roughly about the same size. You can either attach moustaches on them or paint them with different hues of your favorite color for an ombre effect.

The ideas for a no-carve pumpkin are endless. The only limit is your imagination. So go on and start creating.


How are you planning to decorate your no carve pumpkin this Halloween?




Juvy Garcia
Juvy Garcia
Juvy is a freelance proofreader, copy editor and writer. A nice little nook with a good book would be ideal. But concocting plans for her next drawing or DIY project will suffice while she's still busy babysitting two daughters. Follow her on Twitter or connect with her on Google+.