9 Easy DIY No-Carve Pumpkins

Boost your fall decor with a creative DIY pumpkin—no knives or scoopers required.

  1. Drip Crayon Pumpkins

    Drip Crayon Pumpkins

    Melt a rainbow of crayons with a hairdryer for a funky and fun pumpkin. Beforehand, try painting the pumpkin in a bright color (or just plain white) to really pump up the whole effect.

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  2. Thumbtack Pumpkin

    Thumbtack DIY

    The only thing separating you and a luxurious, gilded pumpkin is a bunch of gold thumbtacks. Stick them in and voila!

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  3. Painted Pumpkins

    Painted Pumpkins

    Painting a pumpkin is harder than it looks—the round shape poses a challenge for amateur painters used to working on flat surfaces. But if you're up for the challenge, grab a set of acrylic paints or an acrylic paint pen and get to work. For added effect, try painting several pumpkins with complementary designs.

    Related: 30 Easy Painted Pumpkins to Perk Up Your Halloween


  4. Sequin Pumpkin

    Sequin Pumpkin

    This sequined pumpkin might be the simplest squash on our list. Just glue on your favorite sequins (often available from the fabric store in ready-to-go rows) to give your pumpkin a flashy, feminine DIY twist.


  5. Glitter Pumpkin

    Glitter Pumpkin

    Step one: apply lines of tacky glue. Step two: sprinkle on some glitter, then allow to dry. Step three: brush away the extra glitter and admire your seriously unique pumpkin. Try it in different colors or designs, or paint an entire pumpkin with Mod Podge® before dousing in glitter.


  6. Stocking Pumpkins

    Stocking Pumpkins

    Wrap your gourds in fishnet or lace stockings for a glamorous look. Top with a Halloween-themed bow for a spooky twist. 

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  7. Glazed Pumpkins

    Glazed Pumpkins

    For a subtle but sophisticated look, paint a golden glaze over your pumpkins, then group or stack the shiny spheres any way you please.

    Related: 13 Easy DIYs for Instant Autumn Curb Appeal


  8. Ribbon Pumpkins

    Ribbon Pumpkins

    Hot-glue some decorative ribbons to your pumpkin for a simple, clean, yet fashion-forward look. The more ribbon, the more stripes, plaids, and zigzag patterns to create—so go wild!

    Related: 12 Brilliant Hacks for Your Best-Ever Halloween Pumpkin


  9. "Liberace" Pumpkin

    Decorated Pumpkin

    What do you get when you combine all of these decorations together? Sequins, laces, glitter, ribbons, paint and a little Mod Podge®—why, the "Liberace" pumpkin, of course.

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