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25 No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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One of my favorite things to do early each autumn is drive to one of the nearby farms and load up the truck with pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, colors, and sizes.  

Over the years, I’ve decided that I really don’t enjoy scooping out pumpkin guts and trying to carve faces with a slippery knife.  Instead, I much prefer painting pumpkins!

25 Pumpkins You Don't Have to Carve

There are several fun and innovative ways to paint or decorate pumpkins (both real and fake).  Take a look at this collection of creative ways to jazz up your home for Fall.

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Pumpkins can be painted and embellished with sequins, buttons and faux fabric flowers as shown below. Personally, I love painted pumpkins as the possibilities are endless!

25 no carve pumpkin ideas

Striped, dig zags and polka dot painted pumpkins can add a sense of texture and character to any vignette.


Pumpkins with the Masters!  Starry Night Pumpkin Painting Tutorial at The Swell Designer


Studded White Pumpkins (made with thumbtacks) at Kelli Trontel Lifestyle


Donuts with Sprinkles Mini Pumpkins at Studio DIY


Vintage Insect Drawing Decoupaged Pumpkin at Mr. Kate


Cute as These Buttons Pumpkin at Mom 4 Real


Melted Crayon Pumpkin at The Swede Home


Midnight Lace Pumpkins at Honestly WTF


String Art Pumpkins from P.S. I Made This


DIY Glow in the Dark Pumpkins at I Love to Create


Happy Pastel Stenciled and Striped Pumpkins at Handmade Charlotte


Baker’s Twine Pumpkins at Crafts Unleashed


Superhero Pumpkins at Delicious by Dre


Washi Tape Pumpkins at Lil’ Luna


Sparkly Black Skeleton Pumpkin at ModPodge Rocks


Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Pumpkin at Casa Artalexia


Copper Herringbone Pumpkins at Lovely Indeed


Puffy Paint Pumpkins at A Beautiful Mess


Ikat Pumpkin Tutorial at The Peak of Tres Chic


Neon Patterned Pumpkins at For the Love Of

No carve pumpkin decorating ideas featuring metallic gold are perfect centerpiece ideas for a Fall tablescape.


Solid Gold Pumpkins at A Pumpkin and a Princess


Decoupage Photo Pumpkin at Sugar and Charm


Paper Flower Pumpkin at Baby Lovin’ Mama


Painted Pattern Pumpkins at Alisa Burke


Chalk Painted Pumpkins at Perfectly Imperfect

Whether you are decorating a pumpkin for halloween or setting a sophisticated tablescape for a special dinner, no carve pumpkins can be a much cleaner and quicker alternative to the traditional, carved pumpkin method. If you use a faux pumpkin and store it property, it can be reused year after year. Be sure to check out our Fall decorating page for more decorating inspiration. 


About The Author

What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.

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