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15 DIY No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Halloween

Whether you have kids who love to help out with decorating the house each season or it's a houseful of adults, there's no doubt that at any age, it's a ton of fun to add some seasonal decorations, especially if they're DIY projects. Now that fall is right around the corner, it's time to break out those pumpkins, apples, acorns, and anything else that reminds you of fall and all its festivities.

One activity I look forward to every Halloween is carving out my jack-o-lantern. However, now that I'm an adult, it can sometimes feel like a chore. Hey, it's a lot of work! Put aside the serrated knives and leave the pumpkin guts inside because these DIY no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas are the way to go. They're super simple and will look perfect displayed on your front porch or even inside. Check out some of our favorite ideas below.

DIY Chalkboard Pumpkins 

Forget about Halloween pumpkin carving. Try out this simple chalkboard paint pumpkin idea instead. Paint each one with chalkboard paint, let them dry, and get writing.

Trick-or-treaters will love reading the messages on each pumpkin while they wait for their dose of sugar.

Here are the directions.

Washi Tape Pumpkins

This is hands down the easiest no-carve pumpkin idea around. You can replicate this idea using a white pumpkin and different colored pieces of Washi tape for confetti, but you can really get creative with this.

Washi tape comes in a ton of colors and patterns, so the possibilities are endless. I love the idea of using plaid Washi tape, which is super festive.

Here are the directions.

No-Carve Princess Pumpkins

Raise your hand if you're a Disney fan! Represent some of the prettiest princesses around like Cinderella, Tiana, Rapunzel, and Elsa with these no-carve painted pumpkins.

After they're painted (acrylic paint is suggested) and allowed to dry, use a hot glue gun to stick on each decoration.

Click here for full directions.

No-Carve Pour Art Pumpkins 

Looking for a vibrant and colorful Halloween decoration that's totally kid friendly? Try out this simple pour art no-carve pumpkin idea.

This can work on regular orange pumpkins, but the color really pops on a white pumpkin.

Get the directions here.

Decoupage Floral Pumpkins

I think we can all agree that this creative pumpkin design is a stunner. You won't believe how easy it is, too. First, you're going to cut out your favorite design or pattern from tissue paper, a magazine, or a napkin. Then, you'll take the design and apply it with Mod Podge and allow to dry. That's it.

This no-carve pumpkin idea works with real or fake pumpkins of any size. You can also try spray painting your pumpkins for more color.

Here are the directions.

Temporary Tattoo Pumpkins

I love the idea of using temporary tattoos as a decorative design, especially for mini pumpkins (real or fake). It doesn't get easier than this.

Get the directions here.

Mummy Pumpkins

If you have gauze (cheesecloth works too), a hot glue gun, and some googly eyes, then you can make these adorable mummy pumpkins in about five minutes or less!

Click here for full directions.

Thumbtack Pumpkins 

Use a pencil to trace out a spiderweb, ghost, bat, or even a Halloween saying and then go over it with thumbtacks. 

It's easy and adds some shine to your Halloween decor.

Here are the directions

Tissue Paper Pumpkins

Cutting out squares of tissue paper like snowflakes or stars really adds a funky, colorful design to your pumpkins. Easily apply with Mod Podge and see what creation you come up with. 

Get the directions here

DIY Marbled No-Carve Pumpkins 

Have any old nail polish that you really want to get rid of? Marbled pumpkins are the perfect way to use up all of that old nail polish. 

Get the directions here

DIY Glitter Pumpkins

Chic and sparkly, these glitter pumpkins will catch anybody's attention. Try this out with regular-sized pumpkins or mini pumpkins. The smaller ones make the prettiest centerpiece. 

Here are the directions

Candy Corn Pumpkin

What a great way to get into the Halloween spirit! All the supplies you need are yellow and white acrylic paint, a sponge, twine, and your favorite pumpkin. And maybe a few pieces of candy corn for snacking, too.

Here are the full directions


DIY Paint Splattered Pumpkin 

For a modern twist on fall pumpkins, make these no-carve paint splattered pumpkins. Use any color combination you like, but make sure to dilute your acrylic paint with water for better splattering. It's also a good idea to do this outside since it does tend to be a messy, but fun project. 

Get the directions here. 

Doily Pumpkins 

I have to say, I'm kind of obsessed with this look! It's super elegant and so easy. If you don't want to glue on the doilies, you can also try placing the doily on the pumpkin and then spray painting over it. When you take off the doily, you'll be left with a pretty lace design. 

Here are the directions

Rustic Fall Pumpkin

A rustic look to keep on the porch the entire fall season. Can't get enough of the lace against the distressed paint.

Here are the directions

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