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10 Ways to Decorate Pumpkins Without Carving

Sometimes you just don’t feel like hauling out the carving kits and get into the giant mess of carving pumpkins. Not to mention that if the weather is too warm, your carefully carved pumpkin literally melts on your porch. So I found ten ways that you can decorate pumpkins without carving them! You can use a lot of these ideas on real or faux pumpkins, but no matter which you use, at least there’ll be no guts and seeds on your table.

I have to start with my friend Kami (who is a paper craft genius) and her bat pumpkin.

I made these “eeek” pumpkins, also from No Biggie, last year and they were so cute going up on the steps of my porch.

A fantastic painted monogram pumpkin tutorial from The Butlers:

There can’t be anything easier in pumpkin decoration than creating patterns with washi tape from Real Simple.

Super dramatic pumpkins with rhinestone from BHG.

Thumb Tack Pumpkins! First, from Mom Colored Glasses:

Fantastic gold pumpkins from Madigan Made.

Lovely thumb-tacked monogrammed pumpkins from All in a Day

Using a great patterned napkin to decorate your pumpkin from In My Own Style.

EASY glitter pumpkins from The Shabby Nest


10 No Carve Pumpkins


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  5. Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia0 10/01/2012 at 9:04 pm

    Oh, I love all of these ideas. I kind of hate carving pumpkins, I have to be honest. Would much rather paint them. I’m totes doing the bat one from Kami this year. So cute.