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Beautiful No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas
Pimp Your Pumpkin: Add some sparkle without carving
Do you love pumpkins but hate the mess? No carve pumpkin decorating ideas are a great way to add some glamour and bling to Halloween without the hassle and mess of carving.
One of the great things about decorating a pumpkin without carving is that it lasts longer. You can spend hours creating your masterpiece and within a week all your hard work is rotting. If you decorate a whole pumpkin without carving, it can last up to a month. That means you can have your decorations for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. You can also decorate an artificial pumpkin or gourd and re-use your decorations year after year.
On this page you will find many no carve pumpkin decorating options including metallic, glitter, bejewelled and gilded pumpkins as well as shabby chic pumpkins decorated with black buttons and organza ribbon. You can also use Spellbinders and vinyl to create beautiful designs.
Happy Decorating and Happy Halloween!
Image: By Wonderlane, used under CC 2.0 via Flickr
Reasons to Decorate a Pumpkin - Do something a little different this Halloween
- Decorated pumpkins last longer. As mentioned above a decorated pumpkin will last a lot longer than a carved one. This because the inside is protected and not exposed to the bacteria that cause rotting. Of course, an artificial gourd will last even longer.
- No carve decorating projects are affordable. If you can devote a little of your time to Halloween decorating then you'll find you'll save money. Ready-made fancy pumpkins such as those found at major retailers can be very expensive.
- Creating your own sparkly patio decorations and table centerpieces is fun. You can't describe the feeling of pride and accomplishment when you see your finished project.
- Great ideas for small children. If you don't want your kids to be around sharp knives or other carving instruments, then some of these projects may be the thing. Of course some of these, especially those with small objects or the need of a glue gun, will require your supervision as well.
Poll: Carved or Uncarved?
Do you prefer a carved or a no carve pumpkin?
Faux Pumpkins for Decorating
The first thing you need is a pumpkin. If you like the idea of decorating once and then re-using your decorations next year then a faux pumpkin is just the thing for you. There are many different sizes available so think about how you plan to use your decorations and decide which sizes suit your needs.
Glitter Pumpkins - Use glitter to decorate your pumpkins without carving.
Glitter is fun! I love the way it shimmers and catches the light. Glitter is a great way to add some sparkle to your doorstep, mantle or centrepiece. Whether you are using a plastic, foam, porcelain or real pumpkin or gourds, these sparkly projects will light up the room.One of the great things about this technique is that you can either choose glitter colours that work with the natural colour of the pumpkin, as with the Martha Stewart glitter project below, or you can change the colour entirely as done with the rainbow glitter project.
- Martha Stewart Glittered Pumpkins Table Decorations
Martha Stewart's version of the glittered no-carve pumpkin includes using brown acrylic paint to accent the stem.
- Rainbow Glitter Pumpkin
Create a colourful rainbow glitter pumpkin using paint instead of glue. You can even paint and apply glitter to the stem.
Video: Creating a No-Carve Glitter Pumpkin
There are so many options when it comes to creating a glitter pumpkin. In addition to all the colors available, you can decide whether you want to achieve an opaque look by adding a second coat of glitter or you can just apply one coat and let some of the natural color from your pumpkin show through. If you choose this look then it's best to choose colors of glitter that will compliment orange.
Glitter is Available from Amazon
With this glitter multi-pack including 24 great colors you truly can create sparkly pumpkins in any color scheme you desire. You could even do several color schemes for different areas of your home such as the front door, your kitchen, dining room table and family room.
How to Make Metallic Spray Paint Pumpkins - A quick way to decorate for Halloween
One of the easiest ways to decorate a pumpkin without carving is to use spray paint. Whether you are decorating an army of metallic pumpkins or just creating a few accent pieces to use with other decorations, metallic spray painted pumpkins are eye-catching and gorgeous. They make beautiful centerpieces that can be used for both a Halloween party and for Thanksgiving dinner.
- Silver Pumpkins
If you are Inspired by the beautiful Pottery Barn silver decorative pumpkins, then you may want to try this at home. Use foam, ceramic or real pumpkins, apply a base coat of white paint, and then spray with metallic spray paint.
Image: Silver Pumpkins by Wonderlane , used under CC 2.0
Metallic Spray Paint from Amazon
This spray paint is available in three metallic colours: Gold, Chrome and Bronze. If you're not interested in metallic colors, this spray paint also comes in Bonnet Blue, Cinnamon, Clear Gloss, Espresso, Flat Black, Flat White, Forever Blue, Gloss Black, Gloss White, Gloss Orange, Hot Pink, Hunter Green, Iris, Leaf Green, Ocean Blue and Red Pepper.
Gilded Pumpkins - Gold and Silver Leaf - A gorgeous no-carve pumpkin decorating idea
A pumpkin or gourd decorated with gold or silver leaf becomes a work of art and is well worth the time and effort. Because this technique does take some time to do I would suggest investing in a faux pumpkin for this project. You'll be sure to get many compliments on your craftmanship and will no doubt want to keep your piece of art around for many Halloweens to come.The links below show gold and silver leaf techniques and give some ideas about what to do with your decorated pumpkins.
- How to Gild a Pumpkin
A step by step guide to gilding pumpkins with gold and silver leaf. There are also some neat ideas for decoration such as using your gilded pumpkins to adorn a chandelier.
- Polka Dot Gilded Pumpkin
This page builds on the previous page and shows you how to make a polka dot gilded pumpkin.
- Designer Gold Leaf Pumpkins
A great way to do a gold or silver leaf pumpkin is to create a design and gold leaf around the design. This project shows a flower and leaf design as an example.
How to Gild - Silver and Gold Leafing - Apply the principles of this technique to decorate a pumpkin without carving
This video shows you how to apply gold and silver leaf to any household item. You can apply the principles to pumpkin decorating creating beautiful no carve designs.
Gold Leaf Starter Kit from Amazon - A great beginner kit for your gilding project
This starter kit has everything you will need for your project: a 2oz tub of adhesive, 25 sheets of gold leaf (5.5 x 5.5") and a 2oz tub of sealant.
Pumpkin Decorating with Spellbinders and Vinyl
Create gorgeous patterns and designs on your pumpkin using adhesive vinyl and a Spellbinders die cutting machine and templates. Once you have cut your vinyl into your desired shapes, simply affix to your pumpkin and spray with glitter spray paint. Once the spray paint is dry you can peel off the adhesive vinyl to reveal your design.
Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine
You will need a die cutting machine to do the above no carve pumpkin decorating design. The Spellbinder Grand Calibur die cutting machine is one of the best on the market.
This is a very popular die cutting machine that works with all the Spellbinders dies as well as Sizzlets, Cuttlebug and Quickuts dies and Cuttlebug Embossing Folders and Fiskars Texture Plates. The beauty of this die cutting machine is that it is designed to work with 8 1/2' x 11" sheets of paper whereas many other models will not. You can use this portable machine to cut or emboss.
Spellbinders Halloween Themed Dies from Amazon
More Decorative Dies and Adhesive Vinyl from Amazon
If you'd like to recreate the look from the above tutorial then the classic diamonds and floral Spellbinders die kits will help you achieve the look. No matter what shapes you decide upon you will need adhesive vinyl for this project. This ten foot roll will come in handy and will last for several projects.
Bejewelled Pumpkins - Add some bling to your Halloween
Rhinestones are a great way to add some sparkle to your Halloween. Rhinestones come in so many great shapes and colours that really, the sky is the limit when it comes to no carve decorating possibilities. All you need is a glue gun, some paint and your bling. Just be sure to buy flat backed rhinestones as this will make your pumpkin decorating job much easier (rounded rhinestones will stick out too much and have a tendency to get knocked and fall off).You can buy large rhinestones and create your own pattern (such as seen in the picture below) or there are two great projects:
- Halloween Pumpkin with Rhinestones & Silver Spider
Create a rhinestone web on your pumpkin for your silver spider. Simply gorgeous.
- Bejewelled Pumpkins
White pumpkins with black rhinestones look stunning. Here's how to do them yourself.
Image: Bejeweled Pumpkin by Frykitty, used under CC 2.0
Flatback Rhinestones from Amazon
Flatback rhinestones are the best to use for decorating an uneven surface. This bag comes with an assortment of shapes and colors. Let your creativity and your imagination run wild!
Materials for your Sparkly Pumpkin with Spider Web
Spray your pumpkin white or black and use a glue gun to affix your clear flat back rhinestones into the shape of a web. Use metallic spray paint to color one or more spiders and attach with your glue gun. You could even have a trail of metallic spiders leading up to your pumpkin or as decorations along your mantel or tabletop.
Package contains 144 stones that are 1.9mm diameter.
Shabby Chic No Carve Pumpkin Decorating
This is such a clever concept. I suggest using an artificial pumpkin for this project because although it is easy to make, it will take some time and you will want to be able to re-use this pumpkin year after year. The video suggests writing 'Boo' but you could also use the buttons to make a bat, spider or other Halloween imagery.
Black Buttons & Ribbon for Your Shabby Chic Project
Poll: Which pumpkin wins?
Which no carve pumpkin idea do you like the best?
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