As I’ve discovered over the years, not all pumpkins are meant to be carved. Just like Easter eggs. Not all eggs are meant to be dyed.
Just because a holiday has a certain tradition, doesn’t mean you have to follow it.
Although I enjoy carved pumpkins, my issue is that they aren’t actually that amazing unless they’re lit up. And it’s usually only on Halloween night. Later into the night too.
Carved pumpkins don’t exactly make the best inside Halloween decorations. I have never felt the need to place one in my dining room and light it up.
They also don’t last that long. Certainly not the entire month of October, which is normally when I start decorating for Halloween. At least indoors.
On the other hand, when carved pumpkins are outside, I don’t get to enjoy them. And usually the squirrels wonder by for a nibble. Or two.
5 Reasons to Use No Carve Pumpkins
So over the years, I’ve started to incorporate no carve pumpkin decoration ideas into my Halloween decorating. There are a few reasons for this addition.
- No carve pumpkins are super fun to make together as a family. We can get creative without any knives involved. And everyone can participate. From toddlers to teenagers. And no mom – aka me – has to worry about who is going to slice off which finger next.
- You can get super creative. Honestly, there is only so much slicing and dicing I am capable with using a knife. No carve pumpkins let me get creative with lots of different media. I can paint, glitter, add feathers and decoupage a pattern all in the same pumpkin if I desire.
- They are the perfect craft to make with a group. I can’t say I recommend carving pumpkins with others unless you are mostly adults and the liquor cabinet is securely locked. No carve pumpkins on the other hand. You can make those with groups of all sizes. And everyone will have fun. Kind of like decorating gingerbread houses.
- No carve pumpkins can be displayed inside or out. Depending on weather and how you decorated them. They are the perfect addition to a mantel, sideboard or Halloween/fall dessert table.
What Kind of Pumpkin Should I Use?
The most important thing that you’ll need for no carve pumpkin decorating is a pumpkin.
There are two kinds of pumpkins up for consideration. A real pumpkin. And a faux pumpkin.
When deciding between the two, think about what kind of project you want to create.
If you hope to use the pumpkin season after season, then I recommend choosing a faux pumpkin. They are made of foam, which makes them sturdy and great for crafts. Artificial pumpkins also come in many different shapes, sizes and colors. You can purchase a set of artificial white pumpkins here or choose from lots of colors with these. There’s even black ones for extra spooky decorating! (affiliate)
For projects that just need to be around for the current season, you can use a real pumpkin. Choose the perfect size and color that works.
And remember that a white pumpkin makes an amazing background for your design. The plain white acts as a beautiful canvas – especially if you’re working with brighter colors or glitter.
Other Supplies for No Carve Pumpkin Decorating
After you choose the perfect pumpkin, it’s time to gather the rest of your craft supplies. Although each of these no carve pumpkin decoration ideas has specific materials, there are some general supplies that I like to keep around for making no carve pumpkins. (affiliates)
- Sharpie markers – lots of colors or super wide ones are fun
- washi tape
- glue gun (with glitter glue sticks for fun melted glue effects)
- fall themed scrapbook papers
- stick-on jewels
- acrylic paint
- wiggly eyes
- glitter glue pens
Favorite No Carve Pumpkin Decoration Ideas
When it comes to which no carve pumpkin decoration ideas you want to make, there are lots of choices. Some are scary and many are funny or cute. You also can create them using mini pumpkins or large ones. White or orange. Real or faux (that’s what the ones you buy from the craft store are called, right?).
Most importantly, they are really pretty to look at and last awhile. So pretty that it’s hard for me to choose an absolute favorite from this list.
Other Fun Halloween Activities and Crafts
- Show your Halloween spirit with these DIY Halloween Bottlecap Necklaces. Includes Free Printable Halloween Circles to help you get started.
- Make a Halloween Bat Snack for an upcoming kid Halloween party. Serve as a snack at the celebration or send home for kids to enjoy when they get home.
- Instead of serving just water at your Halloween party, why not serve Cauldron Bubbles?
- Add this Free Printable Cute Halloween Banner to your Halloween décor this year. Perfect for those looking for a less scary option.
- Challenge your friends to see who can solve all of these word puzzles first with this Free Printable Halloween Word Scramble. Perfect kids Halloween party game idea or after dinner challenge.
- Send good wishes and create a childhood keepsake with this DIY Thumbprint Spider Halloween Card.
- Serve these ghoulish Halloween Ghost Kabobs at your next Halloween party. The best part – they’re actually on the healthy side.
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