Each year our family gathers on the kitchen floor, newspapers spread about, and carve out silly faces on the largest pumpkins the kids can find. Carving pumpkins can be fun, but not everyone likes to get their hands in the pumpkin guts. My son is one of them. He waits patiently while I get his pumpkin clean. These 15 no-carve pumpkin ideas are perfect for kids that don’t like to get messy in the pumpkin pulp, and still want to decorate a pumpkin.
Life is busy! If you’re like me and just realized that Halloween is only a week a way, you may be wondering when you’ll find time to decorate those pumpkins. What I love about most of these no carve ideas is that kids can do them on their own.
No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas
Crayon-Drip Pumpkins — This is one of our favorite ways to decorate pumpkins. Recycle those broken crayons to create a unique and colorful work of art.
Hot Glue Spider Web Pumpkin (from Mom Dot) — Spider webs never looked as lovely as they do on these simple pumpkins.
Googly Eye Pumpkin — Googly eyes make everything better — even pumpkins!
Tissue Paper Mosaic Pumpkin (from Glued to My Crafts) — Add lots of color to your pumpkin without the mess of paint.
Drip Painting Pumpkins (from Mom Dot) — These are perfect for kids (and adults) that love paint, and they turn out absolutely gorgeous!
Pumpkin Mummies (from Hands on as We Grow) — Why stop at just one? Make a family of these cute pumpkins to display this Halloween.
Paint & Glitter Pumpkin — A fun addition to the classic painted pumpkin, and perfect for kids that love glitter.
Sharpie Pumpkins (from Little Bins for Little Hands) — If your kids love permanent markers as much as mine do, they will love this pumpkin decorating idea.
Gemstones & Sequin Pumpkin — The perfect way for your little princess to add a little (or a lot) of bling to her pumpkin.
Nature Pumpkin (from Fireflies and Mud Pies) — Use all those nature finds your child has collected to make this fun pumpkin.
Dinosaur Pumpkin (from A Little Pinch of Perfect) — These are perfect for all the little dinosaur fans.
Geoboard Pumpkin (from Little Bins for Little Hands) — This unique pumpkin idea mixes STEM with pumpkin decorating.
Washi Tape Pumpkin — This is a mess-free way to add a bit of color to your pumpkin. Plus, it makes a cute centerpiece for fall.
Potato Head Pumpkin (from Happy Hooligans) — Raid the toy bin for a fun (and fast) way to decorate that pumpkin this year.
“Nailed It” Pumpkin — Your child will have a blast with this idea, all while getting proprioceptive input and working on hand-eye coordination. Fun no-carve pumpkin? Nailed it!
We will still be hunting for those big pumpkins to carve and leave out on the front porch this October. The table is already decorated with mini googly eyes pumpkins and sparkling gemstones. Whatever sized pumpkin you choose, these no carve pumpkin ideas are fun for the whole family.
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