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The Halloween Pumpkin Uncarved

Updated on September 13, 2013

Festive Halloween Pumpkins Without Carving

Okay, maybe I'm a little lazy, but I love to find ways to decorate for Halloween without having to carve that pumpkin. I was delighted at the ideas I found from amazingly creative crafters. Each pumpkin decorating technique presented here is just the starting point for making your own original pumpkin creation. You'll find a picture of each pumpkin decorating idea with a link to the instructions. They're all quite simple, and you'll enjoy discovering new ways to make that Jack-o-lantern without the carving.


This first one is pretty obvious, but here is the link to the crafter: Martha Moments.

Pumpkins & Gourds are Naturals for Ribbons

Pumpkins & Gourds are Naturals for Ribbons
Pumpkins & Gourds are Naturals for Ribbons
Polished Pumpkins and Gourds
Polished Pumpkins and Gourds

Polished Pumpkins & Gourds

We all know that pumpkins and gourds are just naturally beautiful, but look what happens when they are polished! Not only are they even more beautiful and elegant, but there are side benefits, like protecting from mold. Find out exactly what to use to clean and shine these elegant beauties at By Stephanie

Reverse Carving

This one had no instructions, but I just had to include it. It looks like the pumpkin is painted with several coats of thick glossy latex paint. When dry, use a stencil to remove the paint revealing the pumpkin inside. A very spooky, gothic effect.

Panty Hose Pumpkin
Panty Hose Pumpkin

Pumpkins of the Night

I love this idea. Pumpkins dressed up in patterned panty hose! Super easy and dramatic pumpkin decorating. Also inexpensive if you have some old patterned hose to repurpose. I found this idea at

Who Knew a Pumpkin Could Be Sexy

Who Knew a Pumpkin Could Be Sexy
Who Knew a Pumpkin Could Be Sexy

Are you my mummy?

How easy and how fun. No instructions needed, but you can find this and many more pumpkin decorating ideas at Better Homes & Gardens Pumpkin Decorating pages.

Put a sweater on your pumpkin.

Beautiful repurposing idea for wrapping your pumpkin, vases, or just about anything in retired sweaters. See for how-to and many more creative ideas.

The Basic Little Black Pumpkin

I love these black pumpkins. Apparently these were being prepped for another project, but don't you love them just the way they are? An Enchanted Cottage

Photo Display Pumpkins

This is actually the project the black pumpkins above were being prepped for. Same web site: An Enchanted Cottage

Feature Your Favorite Spook

Feature Your Favorite Spook
Feature Your Favorite Spook

Polka Dot Pumpkin

Just plain fun for anyone young or old in any color scheme. Fave Crafts

Pumpkin Message Board

Chalkboard paint your pumpkin. Change the message, post a menu, or just plain Boo!

At Home

Boo! That's it.

Boo!  That's it.
Boo! That's it.

Country Bumpkin Pumpkins

Some of these country pumpkins are sporting gunny sacks. Any fabric will create something unique for your home. For something elegant, try retired lingerie with glitter or sequins and ribbon.

612 Riverside

Glitzy Blingy Pumpkins

Glittery pumpkins will really shine at night reflecting off candles or porch lights. Complete tutorial for these is at A Glimpse Inside

Stenciled Pumpkins

So easy and so fun. Stencils can be recruited from everyday household items, or you can purchase some like these. How-to from Homemade Simple

Lacy Punctured Pumpkins

Okay, so these are very close to carving, the thing I was avoiding. But to me they're easier. I love the look of these, especially with the exotic pumpkin varieties in so many nontraditional colors. I couldn't resist including them. Yes, you still have to gut and clean the pumpkin, but using woodworking tools and punching out holes doesn't require the control you need with a sharp knive cutting through thick pumpkin skin. Pumpkins just run when they see me coming with a knife.

These are from, who else but Martha Stewart!

Thanks for visiting. Happy Halloween!

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    • peachpurple profile image


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      lovely pumpkin ideas without carving, i like the mummy pumpkin, voted up

    • OUTFOXprevention1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Awesome pumpkins! So creative.

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      Erin Hardison 

      7 years ago from Memphis, TN

      Cool! Carved pumpkins don't last long here in Florida due to the heat and humidity, so I'm always looking for fun ways to decorate them without carving. Thanks for all the great ideas!

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      8 years ago

      Original ideas. Very interesting lens. Thanks a lot!

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      Fox Music 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these very clever ideas "Festive Halloween Pumpkins Without Carving"

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      great-ideas lm 

      8 years ago

      Love this Lens! the kids will have some great fun this halloween with these ideas, thanks

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful ideas, thanks :-)

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      8 years ago

      Original tips and nice information thanks.

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      Tony Bonura 

      8 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Great lens! I really enjoyed reading about all the ieads you have here. Thanks for the tips.


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      8 years ago

      Great examples! Now I'm more fond of these techniques :)

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      8 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Amazing! I am not a Halloween fan but these are quite incredible!

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      8 years ago from Australia

      I love the pumpkin in pantyhose and polka dot pumpkins, but both are in excellent company with such brilliant ideas. Blessings and Happy Halloween!

    • Auntiekatkat profile image


      9 years ago

      Congrats on being nominated for Community Favorite Lenses of 2011. A wonderful lens. Fortunately we both share one thing it was easier to vote than for most as mine was my "why-I-am a- vegetarian was nominated as well. A proud moment for all of us. Good luck in the voting.

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      9 years ago

      Nice ideas for non-traditional pumpkin decorating. Congratulations on being one of the final 100 favorite Squidoo lenses of 2011!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      Carving pumpkins is so messy and these are so pretty! Congrats on making the top 100!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Love your uncarved pumpkins. Great ideas. Congrats on being in the Top 100 Community Favorites. I will be back here next Halloween.

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      9 years ago

      I'm with you, all the fun, none of the mess. Plus you can still eat them afterward! Some really cute ideas here that I'd not seen before. Thanks!

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      9 years ago

      They are all amazing and fantastic ideas! I'm an Aussie who loves Halloween. It really isn't celebrated here but i am determined to make each year at my place special and freakishly cool. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      9 years ago

      I never knew about uncraving...until my neice entered a charity decorating pumpkin cost her about $200.00 to decorate and it soldfor $600.00 for charity....Thanksfor the lens...Great job

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      9 years ago

      These are amazing works of art! I love the reverse carved and the lacy pumpkins. Oh, and the "Are you my mummy" one is adorable!

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      9 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful uncarved pumpkins. I like the reverse pumpkin the best followed by patterned panty hose pumpkin.

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      9 years ago

      The pumpkins look amazing! I really like the quality of images on all your lenses, they really stand out.

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      WaynesWorld LM 

      9 years ago

      Love all your various pumpkin projects; followed the picture on pumpkin project. I had seen an alternative for printing photos on cloth that might give your fans new ideas

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      9 years ago

      Very creative, thank you!

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      9 years ago

      Very very cool ideas!

    • starlitparlit profile image


      9 years ago

      beautiful pumpkins. I love the stocking ones!

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      Canela Ajena 

      9 years ago from Houston

      these are beautiful.... blessing

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      9 years ago

      These are just fantastic! I like so many of them.

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      9 years ago

      Love you country bumpkins. You are great!

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      9 years ago

      Love the pumpkins of the night! What a great idea. Thanks for posting.

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      9 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Great ideas for those of use who do not enjoy carving the pumpkin! thanks

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      9 years ago

      I just loved this!! Great ideas! Thanks for posting!

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      9 years ago

      Ah, this is such a delightfully crafty idea for that pumpkin! Lovely presentation my dear. BOOyah!

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      9 years ago

      Great ideas.

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      9 years ago

      These decorated pumpkins are so pretty! I love this idea! Blessed by a squidangel!

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      9 years ago

      Adorable ideas! Festive and unique pumpkin decorating without using sharp objects ;-) I can take out my craft supplies and try something new. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Frankie Kangas 

      9 years ago from California

      Wow. I never heard of an uncarved halloween pumpkin. These are beautiful. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      9 years ago

      What wonderful ideas, several I hadn't thought of before!

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      9 years ago

      Many creative ideas for pumpkins! Great and fun lens. Thanks.

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      9 years ago

      I love these! Especially the ones I still cook after Halloween and make pumpkin puree to freeze for pumpkin pie. The net stockings are brilliant!

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      9 years ago

      Interesting lens with creative use of Pumpkins...

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      Loraine Brummer 

      9 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Beautiful pumpkins. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      Joan Haines 

      9 years ago

      These designs are inspiring!

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      9 years ago

      Congrats and WHAT GREAT ideas.. whether for Halloween or not! :)

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful lens with lot's of great ideas. Congratulations on LOTD

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      Joy Lynskey 

      9 years ago from Vinton, Va

      So incredible! The Great Pumpkin Lens is here!!

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      9 years ago

      very great, i love this led so much.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      9 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These are beautiful! I love the ribbon and lacy tights. Oo la la!

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      9 years ago

      I've made sparkle-kins - the glitter covered pumpkins! Lots of fun!

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      9 years ago

      Very inventive!

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      9 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      9 years ago

      great lens!

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      9 years ago

      love it! great ideas for halloween pumpkins :-)

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      9 years ago

      I've never seen Halloween pumpkins this cute! :)

    • pheonix76 profile image


      9 years ago from WNY

      These are wonderful ideas! I love Halloween and would like to try some of these decorative pumpkins. Congrats on your well-deserved LotD! :)

    • justholidays profile image


      9 years ago

      I definitely love those uncarved Halloween pumpkin ideas! I'm two lefthanded, therefore, carving pumpkins isn't a task for me... Thanks for sharing and for having created such an attractive Halloween page!

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      9 years ago

      Loving your ideas here, I am adding this to my no carve lens. I really love the glitter pumpkins and the pretty black and white ribbon decorations.

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      9 years ago

      Awesome! These are so cute :) Love the ideas.

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      9 years ago

      Great ideals like the lace fish net stocking ones!

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      Close2Art LM 

      9 years ago

      The dremel is such a good idea, don't know why I never thought of that, wonderul lens!!! blessed...:)rwjr

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      9 years ago

      Some really good ideas and beautiful pictures!! I loved the one with latex paint. Congratulations :)

    • scoobygang profile image


      9 years ago

      Great ideas! I love pumpkins, but hate the mess of carving them. Will have to try some of these out! :)

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful lens, and I am inspired. Thanks for creating this marvelous lens!

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      Jen Schaefer 

      9 years ago from St Petersburg

      this is great - love the mummy pumpkin! congrats on LOTD!

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      JenniferAkers LM 

      9 years ago

      Fabulous lens! So many beautiful choices. Congrats on your LOTD - well deserved!!

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      Lynne Modranski 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Congrats on LOTD!!!! Great ideas!

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      9 years ago

      WOW! Absolutely amazing and creative!

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      9 years ago

      need to say nice pictures and very good ideas

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      9 years ago

      Excellent lens on decorating pumpkins and gourds without carving. Congratulations on Squidoo Lens of the Day!

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      Julianne Gentile 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Congrats on Lens of the Day! Lots of great ideas here.

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      9 years ago

      You certainly have an immagination when it comes to pumpkins and to think that I always thought that they were for eating. Tom

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      9 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD!

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      Barbara Walton 

      9 years ago from France

      I resisted looking at this lens for quite some time, but I'm pleased I gave in. Great ideas.

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      9 years ago

      Great idea and great photos :)

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      9 years ago

      Thinking outside the orange gourd certain deserves an LOTD. Congrats.

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      9 years ago

      Back again to say congratulations on your well deserved LotD!

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      GypsyPirate LM 

      9 years ago

      Congratulations on LoTD! I really enjoyed reading through this again - you have done a marvelous job gathering together some awesome ideas!

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      Tonie Cook 

      9 years ago from USA

      This is wonderful! Love the ideas for decorating pumpkins.

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      9 years ago

      I guess I've been obtuse all of these years. I didn't even think outside-of-the-box and realize you could do so many fantastic things to pumpkins without carving them up. These are really cool looking. The pics are really in-depth. I appreciate this lens a lot. Thanks for putting it together! (i really dug the spider web netting pumpkin)

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      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Happy Halloween, and congrats on LOTD! That introduction photo is very eyecatching. I've been seeing it on the front page for some time. Well deserved!

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      9 years ago

      This really is a great lens.. Well deserved LoTD.

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      9 years ago from England

      Nice ideas here! Congrats on LOTD!! Blessed by a Squid Angel ;)

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      9 years ago

      This is a really inspiring lens. I am so tempted to attempt some of these ideas myself.

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      Tony Payne 

      9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a lovely lens with some really novel ideas for decorating pumpkins. Congratulations on your first Lens Of The Day, I am so pleased for you. I left a blessing behind too.

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      9 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Great ideas for beautiful pumpkins! Congrats on LOTD!

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      9 years ago

      Lazy?! These look like a ton more work than carving them! What a beautifully laid out lens. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautifully designed Halloween lens...congrats on LOTD! :)

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      9 years ago

      Fun ideas! I've been doing glitzy pumpkins for years... After I've used plain pumpkins for Halloween and Thanksgiving, I give 'em a spray of gold paint to ease 'em into cornucopia-like Christmas displays with other glitzy fruits, pine cones etc. 3 holidays, 1 big orange vegetable!

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      9 years ago

      Wow ... these pumpkins are so beautiful. Congratulations on LOTD. Happy Halloween!

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      9 years ago

      This was a fantastic collection to view. It was very inspirational.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      9 years ago from Colorado

      Exquisite! This is an amazing collection of creativity. Pantyhose... wow! I'll gladly give up a pair, or two, or three, for my pumpkins. Congrats on LotD! *Blessed*

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      wow,just wow, awesome! Congrats on LOTD! I am going to make the lacy one for a special Halloween decoration using a dremel. Thank you for making this page!

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      9 years ago

      Fantastic ideas.... great lens.

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! nice work...

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      9 years ago

      Wow, I didn't know there are so many ways to decorate a pumpkin! Thanks for all the great ideas!

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      lakern26 lm 

      9 years ago

      Terrific lens with great pics and awesome ideas! Extremely well done!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Some of the pumpkins presented are real works of art. (And, speaking of works or art, those leggy thumbnails are a nice bonus! :))

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      9 years ago

      Very interesting and creative ideas. Nicely done. Congrats on LOTD.

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      9 years ago

      Amazing Lens

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      one Bridge 

      9 years ago

      These are AWESOME!!!


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