Friday 18 October 2013

15 no carve decorated pumpkin ideas

You can take your life into your hands trying to carve a pumpkin.  Wielding your sharpest knife while the kids jump up and down demanding Disney characters...

But there is another way.  There are tonnes of beautiful and creative alternative ideas, many of which are child-friendly so they can get involved too.

Steampunk Pumpkin vintage jewellery

1. Steampumkin

I saw this stunning pumpkin at a local festival.  It was part of a group collaboration, and all the pumpkins had been painted white.  Simply drape vintage costume jewellery for this glamorous gourd.

Glitter Pumpkin

2. Glittered pumpkins

This glitzy pumpkin was part of the collection too.  Totally covering the whole fruit and using longer, strand glitter gave a blurred, shimmery effect which was just beautiful.

Kid's Glitter Pumpkin

Or, you could try a child-friendly version like Domestic Goddesque has done using glue and sparkles.

Autumn Leaves Decorated Pumpkin

3. Autumn leaf pumpkin

This gives a very natural effect, and makes the most of the beautiful autumnal colours around.  Stick on with PVA glue, and check here for the full tutorial.

Glitter Dots Pumpkin

4. Sparkly dots

Using glue dots is a mess free way to add glitter to your gourds, and gives a beautiful polka dot effect like Craftulate has done here.

Googly Eyes Pumpkin

5. Eye Spy

Kids will LOVE sticking googly eyes on.  Get self adhesive ones for a super-fast pumpkin makeover.

Spider Pumpkin

6. Spider Pumpkin

Painted pumpkins are great, but Here Come The Girls has taken it to the next level by adding legs and making an adorable spider.

Cut out stick on shapes pumpkin face

7. Stick on Faces

Peakle Pie shows you can still get the traditional pumpkin face without carving, simply by using black stick-on pieces.

Drip paint pumpkins

8. Drip paint pumpkins

The Imagination Tree has used shimmery metallic paints to create these beautiful drip detail decorated pumpkins.

Funny Faces Pumpkins

9. Crazy hair pumpkins.

OK, so there's a little cutting here, but Sunhats and Welly boots show us how to make cute characters with crazy hair.  Love the changeability of these.

Flower Holder Pumpkins

10. Flower vase

If you're happy to cut the top off, then you could make a vase or centrepiece filled with seasonal flowers like Martha Stewart does.

Yarn Wrapped pumpkins

11. Yarn wrapped pumpkins

The Imagination Tree uses colourful wool and yarn to make these gloriously tactile pumpkins.

12. Washi tape stripes

Patterned sticky tape is perfect for decorating pumpkins, and you can tear strips off and let the kids stick it on in any design they desire.

13. Doily Pumpkins

Use old fashioned lace doilies which you can pick up in charity shops and apply with mod podge or PVA glue for a delicate vintage style decoration.

Lollipop Trick Or Treat Pumpkin Holder

14. Treat Holder.

Martha Stewart again comes up trumps with this novel way to hold and dispense lollies to your trick or treaters.

Tinsel Wrapped Pumpkin

15. Glitter Grooves.

Take some tinsel strands (lametta type - do they still call it that?) and glue it on to highlight the natural contours of the pumpkin. A simple and effective way to add a little sparkle.

Will you forgo the knife this year and give one of these a try?  Which is your favourite?


  1. Great ideas! I have one to blog next week and relived it's not on here!!!! xx

  2. so many amazing pumpkins here what a great showcase you have compiled thank you x

  3. Some genius ideas here, I will get back to you with what we come up with after your inspiring post :)

    1. Oh please do, I'd love to see what you make Mari x

  4. Gosh these are just gorgeous, you have inspired em to get decorating, love the glittery paint one and your spider is fab too. Mich x

    1. Thank Mich - can't take credit for Spider Pumpkin though, he's all Rebecca's fabulous idea.

  5. Oh you clever lady! I'm off to have a go at a couple of these now I've been inspired.

  6. Fantastic! I was really worried about my carving but now i have so many choices! Thank you for sharing Lizzie!

  7. That flower vase is GENIUS! Love it!

  8. Love your ideas! Hope I can make my pumpkin to look as good. Hate to carve pumpkins. Thank you for sharing..

    1. Yes, carving can be tricky and them you've got the added danger of candles, whereas these I think look beautiful and work really well in the daytime too x

  9. This was seriously helpful! We just got some pumpkins and don't want to carve them...I'm thinking glitterizing them up! ;)
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Oooo these are fantastic! We have 2 pumpkins to carve but the kids havent been well. This is quicker and simpler and we might just be able to have pumpkin soup after Halloween too! THanks for sharing these fab ideas! x

  11. Great idea!! This is useful for me this coming halloween. For starters, I am not a talented carving, so carving is a no-no for me. That's why these no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas are pretty handy. Thank you for sharing. Happy Halloween.

  12. I love all of these! Great for little ones (and lazy mamas like me who CBA with carving)... ;)

  13. Lots of great ideas here - perfect for the kids, and for those who are not to fond of wielding a knife around a pumpkin! Thanks for sharing on #CraftyOctober xx

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