I love decorating for fall with pumpkins. However, as a baker, I hate seeing pumpkins that are cut up. It just seems wasteful and they don’t last as long as decorations once they are cut. I have found that by not carving pumpkins they can last for months, so I can use them as decorations from early September all the way through Thanksgiving if I wish. I usually just put plain pumpkins on the porch with pots filled with fall-colored flowers. However, my six year old loves pulling out the glue and paint and getting crafty, so I don’t think I will be able to get away with plain pumpkins this year.
I have started searching for creative ways that we can decorate pumpkins without carving them. Many of these decorating projects could be done with fake pumpkins and then saved to be reused year after year. I will be using real pumpkins this year because fake pumpkins are kind of spendy, but I plan to buy some fake pumpkins in the after-season sale and tuck them away for next year.
10 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas:
Most of these no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas are easy to implement and can be done with items you probably have in your craft closet.
Decoupaged Pumpkins – Hi Sugarplum!
Polka Dot Painted Pumpkin – Classy Clutter
Book Page Pumpkin – At the Picket Fence
Lace Pumpkins – Pass the Sushi
Henna Pumpkins – Think Crafts
Twine Wrapped Pumpkins – Jennifer Rizzo
Pumpkins Wrapped in Ribbon – A Thoughtful Place
Puff Paint Pumpkin – Alisa Burke
Monogrammed Pumpkin – 52 Mantels
Chalkboard Pumpkin – Premeditated Leftovers
Doily Stenciled Pumpkins – Better Homes and Gardens
Do you decorate with pumpkins in the fall? Do you have any no-carve pumpkin decorating tips?