Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Crafts

Put down the carving knife! Get into the spooky spirit with these no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas, just right for little helping hands.

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Pom-Pom Pumpkin

Dane Tashima 

Pom-Pom Pumpkin

Kids of all ages can glue colored pom-poms to a plain or painted pumpkin. Attach ¼- to ½-inch pom-poms to pumpkins using tacky glue (like Aileen’s Original). For a surprise, slice off the top fifth of a pumpkin, scoop out the insides, and prop it open with toothpicks in the back. Glue small black pom-poms to large white ones for eyes. For a moon or a ghost, first paint your design with acrylic paint. Let dry, then glue on the pom-poms in a tight configuration. 

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Pumpkin Peepers

Tara Donne

Pumpkin Peepers

Give your pumpkins character with stick-on eyes. Have your child cut her desired shape out of craft foam using scissors or circle punches in assorted sizes. Then assemble them on the pumpkins using glue dots. Just be warned: Those eyes will be watching you!

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Tightly Wound

Jonny Valiant

Tightly Wound

Turn pumpkins into mummies by wrapping them in white crepe-paper streamers and then gluing on pom-pom eyes.

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How To Make No-Carve Mummy and Bat Pumpkins

Halloween Craft: How To Make No-Carve Mummy and Bat Pumpkins

How To Make No-Carve Mummy and Bat Pumpkins

Pumpkin carving can get pretty messy. Here's a fun, no-carve way to craft mummy and bat pumpkins.

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Kooky Caterpillar

Tara Donne

Kooky Caterpillar

Let this guy crawl on your porch. Start with a variety of mini pumpkins and break off the stems. Use toothpicks to connect them and paint on eyes and a sly smile.

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Lashes and 'Staches

Photograph by Ronald Andren

Lashes and 'Staches

Give your pumpkins lots of personality without carving them: Use double-sided tape to attach cutout card stock eyelashes and a mustache. You might try eyebrows, sideburns, or a goatee instead. Use craft foam instead of paper if your pumpkins will be displayed in an uncovered area.

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Freaky Streaks

Jonny Valiant

Freaky Streaks

Kids will adore dripping a few coats of brightly colored paint over round pumpkins.

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How to Make Pumpkin People

How to Make Pumpkin People

How to Make Pumpkin People

With just a few supplies and a little imagination, you can create some new friends for your front porch this Halloween.

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Masked Cat and Puppy Pumpkins

Alexandra Grablewski

Masked Cat and Puppy Pumpkins

Adorn your tabletop with one of our pet projects: a pair of trick-or-treating pumpkins. Trace a mask shape (templates available for download, below) onto a sheet of stiff felt and trace the accompanying elements onto adhesive-backed felt; cut out and assemble the pieces. To ensure the mask stays in place, adhere two adhesive-backed Velcro coins to the back of the mask, by the eyes. Place the corresponding coins on top and remove the backing. Press the mask onto the pumpkin. Use glue dots to attach googly eyes. For the dog, add a pom-pom nose; for the cat, attach embroidery-thread whiskers.

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Goodnight Moon

Tara Donne

Goodnight Moon

A large white pumpkin plays the part of la lune. Recreate the classic man-in-the-moon look with a simple line drawing.

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Disco Fever

Laura Moss

Disco Fever

Get groovy with a mirror-ball pumpkin. Lay strips of metallic silver duct tape onto parchment paper, then cut the tape into squares. Peel off the parchment paper backing, and stick the metallic tape squares directly onto your pumpkin.

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Spiderweb Pumpkin

Jonny Valiant

Spiderweb Pumpkin

Make a well-spun web out of black brads and yarn. Press brads into the side of your pumpkin to make a spiral design. Then tie a piece of yarn around the center brad and wrap around outer brad; knot and cut excess. Repeat for each brad on the outer ring of the spiral to create pie chart-shape. Complete the web by tying yarn around the center brad and weaving it around the spiral design; knot to secure. Attach a plastic spider on top with glue for the finishing touch.

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Brad New

Laura Moss

Brad New

This design couldn't be easier: just press a pattern of scrapbooking brads onto your pumpkins

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Polka-Dot Pumpkin

Jim Franco

Polka-Dot Pumpkin

This polka-dot pumpkin requires no clean-up. All you need for this craft are colorful gems and some craft glue or glue dots. Place the glue in a random pattern on the pumpkin and then stick the gems on for an instant pumpkin makeover.

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Tricked Out

Jonny Valiant

Tricked Out

Treat a family of pumpkins to these seriously sweet faces. Use hot glue to attach classic candies, like licorice swirls, candy corn, and jelly beans, in the shape of facial features.

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