Sign up here to get our free newsletter

Sign up here to get our free newsletter

10 gorgeous no-carve ways to decorate a pumpkin

Pumpkins are a fall icon. You cannot celebrate fall as an American without a pumpkin. But that doesn’t mean you have to carve a jack-o-lantern. There are so many creative ways to decorate a pumpkin that don’t require a knife. These gorgeous pumpkins are a great alternative to carving, and because they haven’t been cut open, they won’t rot or get smelly or soggy too quickly. They can even be used a centerpiece, mantle decorations, and of course be displayed on your front porch.

From painted to decoupaged to glittered, these decorated pumpkins are a classy and fancy way to celebrate the season.

[symple_column size=”one-half” position=”first” fade_in=”false”]
Monogrammed Pumpkin
monogram pumpkin
You can either spray paint an orange pumpkin white, as this tutorial for a monogram pumpkin instructs, or simply purchase a white pumpkin. Simply stencil on the first initial of your last name and paint in the lines. What a sweet way to show off your family pride.
[/symple_column]

[symple_column size=”one-half” position=”last” fade_in=”false”]
Knob Top Pumpkins
no-carve knob top pumpkins

Instructions for these chic knob top pumpkins? Paint white. Pull out the stems. And insert a pretty knob top that you can likely find at a vintage shop or antique store. You will not see anything like this anywhere else.
[/symple_column]

[symple_column size=”one-half” position=”first” fade_in=”false”]
Pink to Purple Ombre Pumpkinpink to purple ombre pumpkinTake your pumpkin decorating skills to the next level with this girly pink to purple ombre pumpkin! Perfect for any princess, or bachelorette pad. And if it attracts adorable, fuzzy kittens, I’ll make one, too!
[/symple_column]

[symple_column size=”one-half” position=”last” fade_in=”false”]
Neon Paint Dipped Pumpkins
Neon-Paint-Dipped-Pumpkins
These bright, 80s-tastic pumpkins will please kids and adults alike! They’re super fun and will totally pop as part of your holiday decor. The dripping pattern gives it a creepy touch.
[/symple_column]

[symple_column size=”one-half” position=”first” fade_in=”false”]
Edgy Chic Pumpkin
No-carve edgy chic pumpkin with gold studs
If you want to go a little edgy, try painting it black and adding gold studs. This is the best no-carve pumpkin decorating project that is also adult-friendly–because who wouldn’t want to showcase these awesome rock n’ roll pumpkins. They have a little class and a lot of sass.
[/symple_column]

[symple_column size=”one-half” position=”last” fade_in=”false”]
Glitzy Jeweled Pumpkin
jeweled pumpkin
These white jeweled pumpkins are lovely! All you need is some white pumpkins and a trip to a craft store for self-stick rhinestones to pull off this look. You can copy the patterns seen here, or create your own! What an elegant way to get in the spirit.
[/symple_column]

[symple_column size=”one-half” position=”first” fade_in=”false”]
Gold-Leaf Pupmkin
Sophisticated gold-leaf pumpkins
Show off that fact that you’re livin’ large with a shiny gold-leaf pumpkin. A pumpkin like this is not only fun to make, but would shine as the centerpiece to your holiday dinner. To really give it the royal treatment, put it on a pedestal (as shown).
[/symple_column]

[symple_column size=”one-half” position=”last” fade_in=”false”]
Doily Pumpkin
no-carve doily pumpkin

You don’t even need to visit the craft store to make this doily pumpkin. Simply stop by Grandma’s house and pick up a doily. In return, be sure to bring her a decorated pumpkin when you’re done. A doily never looked so good.
[/symple_column]

[symple_column size=”one-half” position=”first” fade_in=”false”]
Paper Leaf Pumpkin
paper fall leaves pumpkin
This paper leaves pumpkin is festive, but we don’t see why you couldn’t try one using real leaves. Just use decoupage blue to affix the leaves to the pumpkin–you can put them in any pattern you desire as well.
[/symple_column]

[symple_column size=”one-half” position=”last” fade_in=”false”]
Family Decoupage Pumpkins
Decoupage family picture pumpkin
This memorable decoupage pumpkin can be made with a fake pumpkin so that you can enjoy it year after year. Or, snap photos of your pumpkins, and make one with current photos every year to come. What memories!
[/symple_column]

Join the party

See original, joy-evoking articles & videos to help you celebrate the everyday, and take your holiday traditions to the next level!

Subscribe now to get

our free newsletter