The Best No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Projects

We’ve rounded up the best (and easiest) ways to dress up your pumpkins with paint this season.

Decorate Your Pumpkins with Thumb Tacks Ghost and Painted Spider Web


Get creative and use ordinary art supplies to decorate your pumpkin. Take this super easy idea by using white thumb tacks to form a ghost on your pumpkin. Or, you can simply paint a pumpkin white and draw spiderwebs. via creatingreallyawesomefunthings.

DIY Creepy Crawly Spider Pumpkin


Get the tutorial via thekimsixfix

DIY Sequin Polka Dot Pumpkins


If you love all things shiny, why not use sequins on your pumpkins? Paint them white and decorate with sequins formed into flowers. via sugarandcloth.

Blue Porcelain Painted Pumpkin


Fool your family and friends into thinking your pumpkins are precious blue porcelain. Paint them white, then paint precious blue flowers to make them look like priceless porcelain. Decorate on the dining table and blend them in with real blue porcelain objects for the full effect. via craftberrybush.

Frozen Elsa Pumpkin


Did you ever imagine you can turn your pumpkin into a Disney-themed ornament? Transform your Halloween pumpkin into Frozen’s Elsa by painting it blue, bedazzling it with white gems and cornflakes, and topping it off with a super cool tiara. via apumpkinandaprincess.

Dripping Paint Pumpkin


Things that drip are always creepy and nasty. Melt some black candles or crayons and create a messy dripping effect from the top of your pumpkin. Spell out the word “BOO” for the complete Halloween appeal. via houseofjoyfulnoise.

Paint The Pumpkin Stem Gold


Pumpkins don’t always have to be creepy. Paint your tiny pumpkins in pastel colors and cover the stems with gold glitter – simply perfect for some super cute and kitschy Halloween decor. via nestofposies-blog.

Simple Spray Painted Pumpkins


Even without carving your pumpkin, you can simply paint creepy faces to make them look like actual jack-o-lanterns. via blog.thecelebrationshoppe.

Easy No Carve Sugar Skull Pumpkin Decorating


Do you happen to love skulls? Buy a simple skull mask and glue on your pumpkin. Add some flowers on the skull’s head for a classic Day of the Dead Halloween decor. via fivebirdsonparade.

No Carve Decoupage Pumpkins


If you don’t like the idea of using sequins, paint, or using other objects on your pumpkin, you can simply use cut outs of images. Simply cut out pictures of objects that you like – be it flowers, or even pictures of your family – and paste them on your pumpkin. Don’t forget to paint white glue over the images for a full decoupage project. via goldstandardworkshop.

Tiered Princess Pumpkins


Don’t you just love fondant cakes? Especially multi-tiered ones that look so scrumptious? Well, you can actually make your pumpkins look like an actual tiered fondant cake by simply painting them in pastel colors, decorating them with gems, and putting them on top of the other. Make sure the pumpkins are of different sizes from large on the bottom to small on the top. via bhg.

Glow in the Dark Puffy Paint Polka-dot Pumpkin


Your pumpkins can still light up in the dark! Use glow-in-the-dark puffy paint to decorate your pumpkin. Spell out the word “BOO” or paint any Halloween image for that matter – be it a bat, a cat, or a ghost! via club.chicacircle.

Day of the Dead Skull Pumpkin Candle Holders


Just like the skull pumpkin, you can create your very own Day of the Dead Halloween decor by simply painting your pumpkins white, and drawing a skull. Again, don’t forget to add some flowers for the complete sugar skull look. via bloglovin.

Silver Leaf Pumpkin


Merge the look of fall and Halloween by using spray-painted leaves to decorate your pumpkin. Paint the entire fruit in black, spray paint a few leaves in silver, and glue the leaves on the bottom for an elegant and unexpected pumpkin decor. via ahomefordesign.

Cupcake Pumpkin


Who would’ve thought you could turn a pumpkin into a giant cupcake? It’s not exactly creepy but it’s undeniably supercute and something kids would surely love to see. Paint your pumpkin white, decorate with pink ribbon, glue the top with cotton to mimic marshmallows, and add some pink covered buttons to mimic candies. Kids would never think the thing is a good old pumpkin. via hellowonderful.

Chain Ghost Pumpkin


A super fast DIY project, paint you pumpkin in black and paint a white ghost over it. Simple yet on the spot for a super cool Halloween ornament.

DIY Fresh Floral Moon Pumpkin


Aside from an image of a white ghost, you can also make several other images that symbolize Halloween. The moon is another integral symbol of the season, so get creative and use tiny white flowers to create an image of the moon on your painted pumpkin. via themerrythought.

Gold Thumbtack Message


Spell out any word on your pumpkin by using golden thumb tacks. Spell out “Boo” or “eek,” or whatever creepy message you want to use. via

Black & White Striped Pumpkins


Beetlejuice is an epic Halloween character and famous for his black and white striped suit. Turn your pumpkin into the famous character by painting it with black and white stripes. via

Spider Web Pumpkin


There are many different images that you can paint on your pumpkin, and the spiderweb is just one of a few iconic images associated with Halloween. Paint the fruit black, and create a large spiderweb on the body. Don’t forget to glue a plastic spider in the middle of the web, too. via yesterdayontuesday.

Neon Paint Dipped Pumpkins


via anightowlblog.

Candy Corn Crayon Pumpkin DIY


Another crayon-melting project. Create a candy corn dripping effect by melting yellow and orange crayons on top of the pumpkin. via theswelldesigner.

Pumpkin Decoration with Bows


You don’t have to go all-out with your no-carve pumpkin ideas. By simply wrapping it with a pretty bow, you can turn a drab old pumpkin into a pretty Halloween or Thanksgiving decoration. via mayarts.

Cinderella Butterfly Pumpkin


Everyone loves butterflies but blue butterflies are the rarest. Paint your pumpkins blue and glue some blue-painted plastic butterflies for a whimsical decoration little kids will surely adore. via sisterssuitcaseblog.

DIY Unicorn Pumpkin


Yes, you can turn your pumpkin into a majestic creature like the unicorn. Simply paint the pumpkin pink, add some horse ears, and of course, a cone on its forehead to turn it into a beautiful unicorn decoration. via linesacross.

Pumpkin Decoration with Spooky Eyes Paper Crafts


Cut out some eye ball images on paper and simply glue them all around your pumpkin for an easy-to-do and quick Halloween pumpkin decoration. via pinterest.

Use Alphabet Stickers to Leave Message on Pumpkins Easily


If you want to get a few messages across without saying anything, why not write them on pastel-painted pumpkins? Write down “Happy Halloween” or “Boo” or “Witch Better Have my Candy” for some sense of humor as guests enter your home. Place them on your doorway for a few laughs. via studiodiy.

Glitter Pumpkins


You can also play around with glitters and turn your pumpkins into precious little ornaments for your home. Paint them white and glue some gold glitter all around. Make stripes or polka dot with the glitters for a super girly effect. via fabulousdiydecor.

Paint a Monogram with the First Name for Pumpkin Decoration


Decorate your pumpkins with initials of loved ones, or your own. You can use paint, or cut out paper, or any material to make your monogram. via preppyandpinknc.

Lace Wrapped Pumpkin


Channel your inner Morticia Adams by wrapping your white-painted pumpkins in black lace – eerily mysterious and beautiful at the same time. via bhg.

Coastal Pumpkins


Bring the beach to your home with these coastal-themed pumpkins. Paint seaweeds or waves on cool-colored pumpkins to add some nautical feel to your fall decorations. via sandandsisal.

Pretty Painted Pumpkins


If you have the knack for painting, paint your pumpkins with elaborate flowers and images to create unique art pieces. via ilovetocreateblog.

DIY Glow In The Dark Pumpkins


Collect a good number of tiny pumpkins and paint them with glow in the dark paint. Leave them at night in dark corners and places and watch the beautiful colors light up. ilovetocreateblog.

Flower Painted Pumpkin


Make your pumpkin look like a beautiful paper weight by painting it with beautiful flowers. via craftberrybush.

Teal Mummy Pumpkin


Glue a pair of googly eyes on your pumpkin and wrap it with white tape to make it look like an adorable mummy’s head. Make a few and scatter them all around your yard or home. via makingitmilkfree.

Stenciled Letters Pumpkin Decoration


Spell out Halloween greetings by using painted pumpkins to form words. Make the words as short as possible, though, such as “Boo” or “Eek” so you won’t have to use too many pumpkins.

Painted Pumpkins with Polka Dots and Stripes


Color your pumpkins in circus colors and prints such as neon polka dots and orange stripes for a festive effect. Write some Halloween messages in black and you’ve got a pair of Halloween decorations that are sure to bring in the fun to your home. via coton-colors.

White Painted and Studded Pumpkin


Metal studs have always been synonymous with the rock and roll lifestyle. Paint your pumpkin white and decorate with metal studs for that badass pumpkin ornament. via thehappytulip.

Mod Podge Fall Coastal Theme Pumpkin


If you want the whole fall coastal decoration, why not paint your pumpkins with seaside images such as starfishes, or even an anchor? Decorate together with other seaside ornaments for a rich table decor. via craftsbycourtney.

Handmade Pumpkin Sign


Paint your pumpkins in white, and write autumn or Thanksgiving messages for an easy and no-fuss table or bookshelf decor. theperfectpalette

DIY Glitter Pumpkins


Don’t hold back on the glitter! Cover entire pumpkins with different colors of glitter for the ultimate festive ornament. twosisterscrafting

DIY Painted Waverly Fabric Halloween Pumpkin


If you have a few scraps of fabric lying around, cut them into vertical pieces and glue them on your pumpkin to create printed stripes! plaidonline

DIY Gold Bling Pumpkin


Got some gold bead necklaces lying around? Why not wrap your pumpkin in it and make a golden ball as a coffee table conversation piece? Its bling will surely catch your house guests’ attentions. theswelldesigner

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