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Skip The Carving With These 10+ Ways To Decorate A Pumpkin

Diply 25 Sep 2018

Can I be honest for a moment? I freaking hate jack-o'-lanterns. Not the idea of them, per say, but the impractical, troublesome reality of them.

Sure, maybe you enjoy getting your hands covered in goo or maybe you don't have weak wrists that can't handle the carving, but have you solved the rotting problem yet? There's a reason there are whole Halloween hack articles written about how to keep the things fresh without resorting to carving the night before.

Forget it. I'm going to do something different this year.

1. DIY Night Sky Pumpkins

Oh So Beautiful Paper | Oh So Beautiful Paper

You can add a night sky motif to basic painted pumpkins with cut paper like these ones from Oh So Beautiful Paper. It's a super simple project with tons of visual impact.

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Just glue the paper to the pumpkins, or you could get some starry stickers. 

Oh So Beautiful Paper | Oh So Beautiful Paper

You know what would be really neat? If you used those glow-in-the-dark star stickers! They'd be neat and spooky out on the dark porch.

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2. DIY Fancy Decoupage Pumpkin

Between Naps on the Porch | Between Naps on the Porch

You can make your pumpkin match any space you want to display it in with just Mod Podge and some pretty paper. Pretty much any scrapbook paper would work, but Between Naps on the Porch found a genius way to match her guest bedroom.

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She took a patterned pillow sham from the room and had it color photocopied.

Between Naps on the Porch | Between Naps on the Porch

I never would have thought of that! Instead, I would have scoured the scrapbook stores in hopes of finding an option with the same colors and pattern, which would have been nigh impossible.

It's a perfect DIY for fall without being too Halloween-y.

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3. DIY Faux Leaf-Covered Pumpkin

Girl Loves Glam | Girl Loves Glam

Sometimes, you just need hot glue and plastic leaves to make something that looks amazing. That's what Girl Loves Glam did to make her cool pumpkin.

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She used a faux leaf garland from Michael's and a fake pumpkin. 

Girl Loves Glam | Girl Loves Glam

If you're not keen on the plastic-y look, you could try distressing the leaves a bit before gluing them on.

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4. DIY Paint Splattered Pumpkins

Homey Oh My | Homey Oh My

Are you ready to make a mess? Because that's pretty much guaranteed with these chic splatter paint pumpkins from Homey Oh My.

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So, get out your painting clothes and some newspapers before flinging paint everywhere.

Homey Oh My | Homey Oh My

I love how something so simple can look so classy, and you can really mix and match the colors.

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5. DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece

Home Made by Carmona | Home Made by Carmona

Okay, I said you wouldn't have to carve, but this is foam, so it doesn't count, right? Plus, this centerpiece idea from Home Made by Carmona is totally worth it.

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Make sure you buy the hollow foam pumpkins for this project. 

Home Made by Carmona | Home Made by Carmona

I suppose a plastic one could work, but it would be harder to cut and you'd end up with sharp edges. No real candles, though. You don't want to smell that foam if it starts to burn.

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6. DIY Vinyl Text Pumpkin

Sarah Hearts | Sarah Hearts

Vinyl cutouts are a great way to quickly add text or art to a pumpkin without the carving tools. If you have a cutting machine, awesome, but you can also make this project from Sarah Hearts with a template and craft knife.

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Paint the pumpkin with bright oranges and yellows so that the text pops.

Sarah Hearts | Sarah Hearts

It sort of feels like a reverse jack-o'-lantern. Instead of a dark pumpkin with a glowing face, it's a bright pumpkin with dark text.

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7. DIY Concrete Pumpkins

Mother Daughter Projects | Mother Daughter Projects

If you love yourself some concrete, why not try this tutorial from Mother Daughter Projects? The mold is actually one of those cheap plastic pumpkin baskets.

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Which is a fitting use for them, since they're never big enough for all the candy. 

Mother Daughter Projects | Mother Daughter Projects

Once you've let the concrete harden and removed the plastic mold, you can decorate it however you like. Reuse them every year and never worry about neighborhood pumpkin smashers again.

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8. DIY Wood Slice-Covered Pumpkin

The Kim Six Fix | The Kim Six Fix

I never would have looked at a bag of mini wood slice vase fillers and thought "I should glue a billion of them to a pumpkin," but that's what The Kim Six Fix did.

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I adore the rustic effect, but I hope you love your glue gun.

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Because you're going to be spending a good chunk of time with it for this project. It's probably easier to add the glue to the pumpkin and just squish the slices into it.

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9. DIY Gold Splattered Painted Pumpkins

A Kailo Chic Life | A Kailo Chic Life

Want to add some easy bling to your pumpkin display? Try gold paint splatters!

A Kailo Chic Life made her splatters with a single metallic paint pen.

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You can do this with real pumpkins or fake.

A Kailo Chic Life | A Kailo Chic Life

Spray-paint them whatever base colors you want and then use the gold paint pen to cover the stem. Now put the pumpkins somewhere you don't mind getting messy and start flicking the pen at them.

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10. DIY Painted Plaid Pumpkin

The Glitzy Pear | The Glitzy Pear

What pattern is more autumn-feeling than plaid? It just oozes warmth and coziness. Why not combine that with your fall pumpkin decor? All you need is some paint and maybe some embellishments.

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The Glitzy Pear has a great tutorial on how to easily paint the pattern. 

The Glitzy Pear | The Glitzy Pear

Their version is pink and white with gold tape trim, but you can mix and match the colors to fit your own style and personality.

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11. DIY Denim Pumpkin

Between Naps on the Porch | Between Naps on the Porch

Got an old pair of jeans kicking around that don't fit anymore? Perfect! You have what you need for this project from Between Naps on the Porch.

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Cut the jeans up into strips and find yourself some glue or Mod Podge.

Between Naps on the Porch | Between Naps on the Porch

Once you've covered the pumpkin, embellish like crazy!

I love the detail of adding the pocket to it.

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12. DIY Crayon Melt Pumpkin

Feathering My Nest | Feathering My Nest

Melted crayon art is a ton of fun, and why not continue it into Halloween? You can get a pack of Crayola crayons for like a dollar these days or go on the hunt for enough orange ones to do a whole pumpkin.

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Feathering My Nest has a great tutorial on how to get the effect easily.

Feathering My Nest | Feathering My Nest

The most important part is getting those crayons glued down strongly with an adhesive that doesn't melt easily when heated. White glue can work if you give it enough time to dry, but avoid hot glue for obvious reasons.

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