10 Easy Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Sweet or scary, there are so many ways to make a pumpkin completely your own this Halloween season. These easy, no-carve ideas are high on fun and low on mess. Check out these project tutorials and try one yourself!

By: Caylin Harris

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DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

Feel like adding some pizzazz to a plain old orange pumpkin? Take a cue from The House That Lars Built and color coordinate your gourds. It’s a great way to use up extra paint that might be hanging around the house too.

Get the full tutorial here!

Confetti Dipped Pumpkins

If you’re familiar with Studio DIY’s work you know that they treat every holiday like a party. This clever idea uses leftover party supplies to make a real impact. So bust out those lingering craft odds and ends and get your glitter on.

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Balloon Dipped Pumpkins

You won’t believe how easy this pumpkin decorating idea from Paper & Stitch is. It adds color and fun without paint...which means no mess. The secret ingredient...your leftover balloons. Experiment with the technique and make it your own.

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Metallic Pumpkin Floral Centerpiece

A clever two-for-one from I Spy DIY, you’ll learn how to create these cool geometric metallic patterns on the outside of your pumpkins, but also how to turn a pumpkin into a centerpiece. It’s easier than you think.

Get the full tutorial here!

Bloody Mini Pumpkins

Since mini pumpkins run way too small to carve, here’s a scary good idea for how to decorate the mini version from Almost Makes Perfect. That drizzle of faux bloody really ups the scary factor! If you can get your hands on the white variety, you can even skip a step.

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Easy Pumpkin Stencils

If you’re feeling a little less than confident in your carving abilities, Sugar & Cloth offers clever tips on how to use patterns to create award-worthy jack o’ lanterns. You won’t believe how simple it is and you can duplicate almost any design.

Get the full tutorial here!

Mini Playhouse Pumpkins

Holy cuteness! Leave it to A Beautiful Mess to take their stellar decor sensibilities and apply them to pumpkins. These sweet designs are so charming that you’ll want to move in. Use your imagination or recreate your home in miniature.

Get the full tutorial here!

Sharpie-Patterned Pumpkins

Behold the power of the pen! Lovely Indeed shows off the cutest micropatterns on a white colored pumpkins but you can apply her technique to just about any variety of pumpkin. Simple shapes here make a big impact.

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Marbled Pumpkins

Like mini works of art, you’ll have a blast dipping and marbleizing your pumpkins. Choose your own color scheme or stick with these pretty pastels like they did at Proper. It’s so much easier than you think.

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Pressed Flower Pumpkins

Mini works of art for your countertop, Happily Eva After breaks this project down with simple steps for every stage of this project. Not only do you learn to preserve flowers, but if you use a faux pumpkin instead of the real thing, this beautiful project will last for years to come.

Get the full tutorial here!

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