I think I may have a pumpkin problem…there are currently over 20 decorated pumpkins in my house! Because no-carve pumpkins last much longer than carved pumpkins (or they last forever if they’re foam), here are my no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas.
No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas
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You Can’t Go Wrong With Glitter
In the above examples, I created glitter stripes on my pumpkins using different colors and textures of glitter. In one, I alternated the types of glitter I used. In the other, I randomly chose different colors of glitter to create the stripes.
When creating striped glitter pumpkins, I use the pumpkins’ natural pattern as my guide. I apply glue and one type of glitter from one line in the pumpkin to the next. This makes some stripes larger than others. I like that this gives each pumpkin some character and it’s own unique look.
Crystals, Crystals Crystals!
I like shiny things. That’s why crystals are my next recommendation when it comes to no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas. My little one really likes using crystals too because they’re easier for her to handle.
Self-adhesive crystals could be used, but for a look that will last year after year, I use good-old-fashioned glue to adhere crystals to my foam pumpkins. If I’m doing some solo decorating I use a glue gun to make the process go a little faster. If I have a little helper we use glitter glue or plain white school glue.
When I do a crystal design, I don’t go in with a plan. I fit the crystals together like puzzle pieces placing larger crystals in larger spaces and smaller crystals in smaller places. Creating lines with the crystals that follow the pumpkin’s natural pattern is another easy option that I love.
Add Fall Accents To Your No-Carve Pumpkins
Adding Fall accents, like leaves, is another great option. Pumpkins that look more like Fall decorations than specifically Halloween decorations, can be used to decorate for a longer time. I put my Fall pumpkins out in September and leave them on display through Thanksgiving.
For the pumpkin above, we combined two looks in one. First, my little one and I poured glue over the top of the pumpkin and let it drip down, covering it in gold glitter. Once that dried, we started gluing and placing leaves wherever we liked.
Stencils or Pre-Made Designs
To keep things super simple or to create more precise looking designs, I use stencils or pre-made designs. The crystals on the pumpkin above are part of large stickers that I simply stuck onto the pumpkin. There is no way I could have aligned each of those crystals so perfectly in the word “BOO!” Not to mention, that would take patience and time that I do not have.
Fabrics and Ribbons
The last idea I have for you is to use fabrics and ribbons to decorate your no-carve pumpkins. I used scraps of old fishnet stockings and a cord-type ribbon to decorate these mini-pumpkins. I haven’t explored this option too much yet, but I like how these pumpkins came out and would like to play with this idea more next year. I have plenty of pumpkins this year and as much as I’d love to decorate more, I have nowhere to put them!
What are your no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas?
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