Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

No Carve Pumpkin Tinsel Monster
Dane Tashima
Put down the carving knife! Get into the spooky Halloween spirit with these no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas, just right for little helping hands.
Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Sugar Skull

For every design, we used small pumpkins measuring about 6 to 8 inches tall. At the store and in the pumpkin patch, the orange ones are often labeled “sugar” and the white ones “snowball.”

For the eyes, nose, and mouth, stick black duct tape onto wax paper, cut out shapes, and peel off the wax paper to stick on.

Use round ½-inch and 1-inch office stickers to make flower shapes and decorative borders.

Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Dracula

First, paint the pumpkin green with acrylic paint; let dry overnight.

Stick pieces of black, red, white and green duct tape onto wax paper, and then cut out facial features. Remove wax paper and stick on.

Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Superhero

Cut features from craft foam; attach with glue.

Stick googly eyes inside the eyeholes of the mask.

Make two small holes on either side of a foam mask and thread elastic cord through, knotting the ends.

Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Goldfish

To make fins, fold full-size orange cupcake liners in half.

Stick giant wiggle eyes ($6.50 for four) inside mini cupcake liners for fun fish eyes, and attach these and all other features with Glue Dots.

Pinch edges of a mini cupcake liner on either side to form lips.

Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Clown

Use Glue Dots to attach all features, including pom-pom hair and nose. Place pink circle stickers for cheeks.

Cut a paper party hat down to pumpkin size and stick on pom-poms with Glue Dots.

Fold a paper napkin accordion style and wrap with a strip of napkin for the bow tie.

To create the collar, open a 6-inch white paper party fan and set the pumpkin on top.

Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Pineapple

Stick two sheets of green glitter adhesive foam together. Cut pointed leaf-like shapes from the doubled-up foam; then roll around stem and glue into place.

First, paint pumpkin yellow with acrylic paint; let dry.

Cut pink circle stickers in half for the mouth and stick on googly eyes.

Draw upside-down V’s with the gold paint pen all over pumpkin.

Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Tinsel Monster

Cut a hole in the center of a tinsel wig ($4) for the stem to fit through. With wig in place, give your monster a haircut.

Make Ping-Pong balls into eyes by adding cut-in-half cupcake liners for eyelids and round stickers for pupils. Stick on with Glue Dots.

For teeth, cut out and stick on white craft foam.

Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Lion

Cut the lion’s facial features out of colored felt, and stick them and all other features on with Glue Dots.

For the mane, wrap orange fringed paper festooning (Beistle Packaged Tissue Festooning, $6 for 25 feet) three times around the pumpkin.

Use a 1-inch foam pouncer to paint two pink circles for cheeks.

Paint white stripes on a red cardboard bowl to make a circus podium.

Dane Tashima 
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. 

Tara Donne
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!

Jonny Valiant
Jonny Valiant

Tightly Wound

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

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

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.

Tara Donne
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.

Photograph by Ronald Andren
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.

Jonny Valiant
Jonny Valiant

Freaky Streaks

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

This craft transforms pumpkins into people. With just a few supplies and a little imagination, you can create some new friends for your front porch this Halloween.

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.

Alexandra Grablewski
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.

Tara Donne
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.

Laura Moss
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.

Jonny Valiant
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.

Laura Moss
Laura Moss

Brad New

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

Jim Franco
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.

Jonny Valiant
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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