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10 Ways to Decorate Pumpkins Without Carving

Put down those carving tools and pick an easier way, and longer-lasting pumpkins, with these no-carve ideas!
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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.

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

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

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