There are many ways to decorate a pumpkin that don’t require carving. Whether you’re a parent of young children trying to avoid sharp knives or candle flames, or you just don’t like to deal with the pumpkin “guts”, you can still make a cute pumpkin for Halloween.
Pumpkins can be decorated using all kinds of art supplies and household finds. Pick up a bottle of tacky glue and try out some of the following ideas for some fun Halloween decorations.
Whether you just want to make dots on your orange pumpkin, or you want to paint it first, ink daubers are a great way for young kids to make dots. Try painting your pumpkin red and making black dots for a ladybug pumpkin, or paint just the lower half red and make white dots for a Minnie Mouse dress. Add a mouse ears headband and bow for a finishing touch.
The eyes have it
Paint your pumpkin neon green and glue googly eyes all over it. Top it off with a set of pipe cleaner antennae and you’ve got a funny alien ready to great trick-or-treaters.
On a plain pumpkin, write cryptic or creepy messages, or draw a spooky image with an orange crayon. Then, let the kids take watered-down red paint and brush over the crayon to reveal the secret. For a more graphic look, paint the pumpkin white first, then write on it with white crayon. The red paint against the white background will look like blood dripping down.
Instead of carving, let your kids draw a face on their pumpkins with pencil or light ink. Then, paint in those features with glow-in-the-dark paint. Be sure to expose your pumpkin to light before setting him out to give his glowing greetings.
Using a large tray or long strips of waxed paper laid out across a table, sprinkle different colors of glitter, sparkly seed beads, metallic confetti, and sequins all over your surface. Be sure not to leave any gaps. Then, cover your pumpkin, or just the back and sides if you’ve given it a face, with glue. You might want to smear the glue around with a craft stick so it doesn’t just drip off the bottom of the pumpkin. Once you’ve got it covered in glue, hold the pumpkin by the stem and the base and gently roll it back and forth in your pile of glitter and sequins. If there are any spots that don’t pick up some sparkle, you can sprinkle it onto the bare spots by hand. Once your project is dry, you’ll have the most shimmering pumpkin the neighborhood has ever seen.
Whether you want to paint your pumpkin first or leave it plain, you can have a lot of fun with gluing on newspaper clippings. You could cut out words or phrases to make your pumpkin look like a ransom note. Or, you could spell out a message beginning at the stem and winding down and around the pumpkin. You can also find sections of newspaper with small print (not headlines) and cut out large triangles to use as eyes and other abstract or jagged shapes for nose and mouth. You can also cut out long strips of newspaper to use as hair.
Another use of newspaper is to cut out comics and turn your pumpkin into a Halloween comic strip.
Duct tape designs
These days, duct tape isn’t just a standard silver color. You can get duct tape in all kinds of wild and colorful prints. Duct tape is an easy way to turn your pumpkin into a patchwork of prints, give him a patterned “bandana” or other clothing and accessories, or turn your pumpkin into a rainbow.
For more fun pumpkin decorating ideas, see “No more messy carving: Trendy decorating ideas for Halloween pumpkin personality”.
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