5 Ideas for No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating
Posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 7:00 am
Not everyone is a fan of “pumpkin guts”. The texture is kind of icky. It can be really hard to clean a carpet that has been spattered with pumpkin guts from overly excited carvers. Fortunately, there is a frugal alternative to pumpkin carving. You can decorate your pumpkin instead.
No-Carve Pumpkin Designs
Draw the design.
You don’t have to be especially talented at drawing to make a nice design on your pumpkin. Just use some free pumpkin carving stencils to help you with the design. They will work just as well on any pumpkin – carved or not.
Some people have had good luck using permanent markers to make the drawing on a pumpkin. The trick is to wash and dry the pumpkin first. Don’t press hard into the pumpkin itself. Skim the surface with the marker.
Add a decorative ribbon.
Better Homes and Gardens has a sweet and simple idea for pumpkin decoration. Tie a ribbon around the stem. All done!
Use a black ribbon if you want to stick with the Halloween theme. Add some bits of leftover Halloween decorations from last year for an added touch. Put a couple of plastic spiders on top of the pumpkin.
Paint a pumpkin.
Real Simple has a no-carve pumpkin decorating idea that you should go outside to do. Use paint. You can use one color, or as many as you desire.
Little kids will do well with basic acrylic paints. You might already have those at home. Hand your child a paintbrush and let him or her decorate. Adults can use spray paint to quickly coat a pumpkin in one color. Real Simple used metallic paint. It looks classy!
Wrap a pumpkin.
Parents.com has a super cute idea for no-carve pumpkin decoration. Turn a pumpkin into a mummy! Wrap some toilet paper around the pumpkin. Leave an open space in the front, near the top of the pumpkin.
Add a couple of those “googly eyes” that come in a package. Some have adhesive on the back. Others will require you to use some glue. Or, you can use a couple of white cotton balls. Use a marker to dot the eyes.
Drape a Pumpkin.
Martha Stewart comes up with some very elegant decorating ideas for every holiday. For Halloween, she suggests that you use lace cloth to drape around a pumpkin. Pull it so that it fits tightly and tuck the extra fabric under the pumpkin.
Black lace gives the pumpkin a spooky effect. It would be entirely possible to use some other type of fabric, in a different color, if you prefer.