9 Easy DIY No-Carve Pumpkins

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

  1. Drip Crayon Pumpkins

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    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.

    Related: Celebrate Fall with 11 Thrifty DIY Projects for the Home

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  2. Thumbtack Pumpkin

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    Thumbtack DIY

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

    Related: 29 Bewitching Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin

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  3. Painted Pumpkins

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    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

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  4. Sequin Pumpkin

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    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.

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  5. Glitter Pumpkin

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    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.

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  6. Stocking Pumpkins

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    Stocking Pumpkins

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

    Related: 10 DIYs for a Frightfully Fun Halloween

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  7. Glazed Pumpkins

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    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

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  8. Ribbon Pumpkins

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    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

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  9. "Liberace" Pumpkin

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    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.

    Related: 8 Other Things You Can Do with a Pumpkin

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