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Beautiful No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Updated on September 17, 2014

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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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.

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

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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.

Metallic Pumpkins
Metallic Pumpkins

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 - 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

Speedball Mona Lisa Gold Leaf Kit
Speedball Mona Lisa Gold Leaf Kit

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.

Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine

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.


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:

Bejeweled Pumpkin
Bejeweled Pumpkin

Image: Bejeweled Pumpkin by Frykitty, used under CC 2.0

Flatback Rhinestones from Amazon

Darice 1078-23 Big Bling Shapes Gem Value Pack Rhinestone, Multicolor
Darice 1078-23 Big Bling Shapes Gem Value Pack Rhinestone, Multicolor

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.

CRYSTAL CLEAR Rhinestones FlatBack 144 SWAROVSKI 5ss
CRYSTAL CLEAR Rhinestones FlatBack 144 SWAROVSKI 5ss

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

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No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas Guestbook and Comments - How will you decorate your pumpkin this year?

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    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      5 years ago

      I love the idea of spray painting a pumpkin.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      These are beautiful.

    • Ardyn25 profile image


      6 years ago've got some awesome ideas for not carving pumpkins, I'm bookmarking this one..thanks!

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      6 years ago

      Cool ideas for less mess with pumpkins!

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      6 years ago

      great lens!

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas for pumpkins!

    • TaraWojt profile imageAUTHOR

      Tara Wojtaszek 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: I love the bejeweled pumpkins too. Thanks for sharing this page.

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas,Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      Adittedly I like making the mess. Fun lens though.

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      6 years ago

      A bejewelled pumpkin?? SCORE!! Looks like a Faberge egg, only bigger. Shared this on my Pinterest VEGAN DELIGHTS board.[ ]Google +1!!

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image


      6 years ago

      We love carving pumpkins, but these are some wonderful alternatives for folks who want to keep things tidy. Oh, and the bejewelled pumpkin is adorable!

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful ideas, great lens

    • sunlightseer profile image


      6 years ago

      Glitter, glitz and glamour pumpkins?? Surprisingly, I like them. You expanded my mind, thanks.

    • Jerzimom profile image

      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      6 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      Love the idea! Great lens!

    • TaraWojt profile imageAUTHOR

      Tara Wojtaszek 

      6 years ago

      @PaigSr: I agree : )

    • PaigSr profile image


      6 years ago from State of Confusion

      Even if you just have a plain pumpkin on your door step it is a great way to celebrate harvest night.

    • LizardKing3 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great ideas, glitter pumpkins are awesome

    • TaraWojt profile imageAUTHOR

      Tara Wojtaszek 

      6 years ago

      @Teapixie LM: That sounds like an excellent and yummy way to get the most out of your Halloween pumpkin.

    • Escapes2 profile image


      6 years ago

      I really like the glitter pumpkin! My kids would love to make one.

    • Teapixie LM profile image

      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      Very fun! Sometimes I feel too lazy to carve the pumpkin but my daughter is religious about the event. I like the idea of a glitter pumpkin - using the kind of glue that is non-toxic, then washing the glitter off after Halloween and cooking the sucker up; that a really gruesome way to end Halloween. ;)

    • MillBucks profile image


      6 years ago

      The glitter pumpkins are a great Halloween idea, thanks for sharing!

    • kburns421 lm profile image

      kburns421 lm 

      6 years ago

      I really want to glitter a pumpkin now.

    • sukkran trichy profile image

      sukkran trichy 

      6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      great idea. love this pumpkin decoration

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      What great ideas - and these pumpkins will last much longer than a carved jack-o-lantern!

    • TaraWojt profile imageAUTHOR

      Tara Wojtaszek 

      6 years ago

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: A black glitter pumpkin sounds lovely!

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      6 years ago

      I never thought about adding glitter or spray paint to a pumpkin! My daughter will love this idea!

    • TaraWojt profile imageAUTHOR

      Tara Wojtaszek 

      6 years ago

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thank you so much!

    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image

      June Parker 

      6 years ago from New York

      Oops! Had to come back. I forgot to tell you that you are *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Halloween Halloween Magazine" neighborhood. Good job!

    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image

      June Parker 

      6 years ago from New York

      These are really cute ideas for a no carve pumpkin. I love the bejeweled idea, but you have inspired me to think of different patterns to decorate with black glitter.

    • TaraWojt profile imageAUTHOR

      Tara Wojtaszek 

      6 years ago

      @Melissa Miotke: Thanks. I totally agree with you, decorating a pumpkin without carving makes a great activity to do with young kids.

    • TaraWojt profile imageAUTHOR

      Tara Wojtaszek 

      6 years ago

      @designsbyharriet: Thank you and thanks for the blessing : )

    • TaraWojt profile imageAUTHOR

      Tara Wojtaszek 

      6 years ago

      @kristalulabelle: Thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoyed. I'm excited too to try some of these out this year.

    • TaraWojt profile imageAUTHOR

      Tara Wojtaszek 

      6 years ago

      @artbyrodriguez: Me too. I can't wait to make a rhinestone and silver spider pumpkin this Halloween : )

    • Melissa Miotke profile image

      Melissa Miotke 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I loved the blinged out pumpkins! This is a great way to decorate with young children who can't use knives.

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      6 years ago from Indiana

      Love the no carved pumpkins. So pretty and so easy. No mess no fuss just beautiful. Blessings for the great idea.

    • kristalulabelle profile image


      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      OH my goodness, I'm so darn excited about glittery, bejeweled, and metallic pumpkins! Those will be on my decorating list for sure this year, and I don't usually decorate! Fantastic lens!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      6 years ago from Albany New York

      My Grandkids will be decorating them, but I would go for those jeweled ones! I like bling.


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