25 Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin Without Carving

25 Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin Without Carving

I have a confession…I have no interest in ever carving a pumpkin again. There, I said it! I’ve always hated doing it and plan to never do it again. Oh sure, there were years that I got so excited about it, bought the pumpkin and the knife/patterns/scooper that I needed, got all ready to carve with the kids…and they were bored 5 minutes into the process. I was always left pulling the guts out of the pumpkin, carving it, setting it outside and then forgetting about it for a month until it was all shriveled and moldy.

A couple years ago when I told the kids we wouldn’t be carving pumpkins anymore, I thought they would be upset but surprisingly, there were totally ok with it. Now we try to come up with fun ways to still decorate a pumpkin without carving it. I love the different ways that people have come up with to decorate a pumpkin without having to carve it and wanted to share 25 ideas with you!

1. Leopard Duck Tape Pumpkin | Sophistishe
2. Starry Night Pumpkin | Yesterday on Tuesday
3. DIY Vintage Clown Pumpkins | Bugaboo City
4. Pumpkin Decorated Like a Penguin | Artsy Momma
5. Glow in the Dark Puffy Paint Pumpkin | Club Chica Circle
6. DIY Confetti Pumpkins | Alice and Lois
7. Mod Podged Book Pumpkin | Creative Green Living
8. Chevron Pumpkins | Simply Stacie
9. Glitter Glam Pumpkins | Thinking Closet
10. Pumpkin Decorating With Ribbon | Simply Designing With Ashley Phipps
11. House Number Pumpkin Craft | We Know Stuff
12. Pumpkin Lady | New House New Home
13. Industrial Pumpkins | Unexpected Elegance
14. Melted Crayon Pumpkin | The Nerd’s Wife
15. Rainbow Scribble No-Carve Pumpkin | The Nerd’s Wife
16. Painted Pumpkins With Glittered Stems | Aunt Peaches
17. DIY String Art Pumpkin | Alice and Lois
18. Monogrammed Pumpkins | Uncommon Designs
19. Minion Pumpkin | Twin Dragonfly Designs
20. Pumpkin Decorating With Nail Polish | Mango Tomato
21. Spiderweb and Ghost Pumpkins | C.R.A.F.T.
22. Mr. Pumpkin Head | B-Inspired, Mama!
23. Black Glam Pumpkins | Uncommon Designs
24. Gold Painted Pumpkins | New House New Home
25. Princess Puppy Penguin | Artsy Momma


  1. Kris September 23, 2015
  2. Sheena September 27, 2016
    • Tara September 28, 2016
  3. Olga @ MangoTomato October 26, 2016
  4. Tara K. October 18, 2020
    • ASO October 21, 2020

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