8 Ways to Transform Fall Pumpkins, No Knife Skills Required
Ever heard the saying “no guts, no glory?” Well, that doesn’t apply here, because achieving pumpkin design greatness doesn’t always require knifing through a four-inch-thick gourd and reaching into a slimey, stringy, seedy pile of orange goop. If you’re ready to create a new spin on a time-honored tradition, try your hand at some of these fun pumpkin designs that have serious style without the messiness of pumpkin carving.
Halloween and scary black cats go hand-in-hand, yet these cute, carve-free kitties are anything but spooky. Basic craft supplies like paint, felt and pipe cleaners are all it takes to make a whole litter of these fun felines.
Make This: Black Cat Pumpkins
Thanksgiving Metallic Pumpkin Decorations
Add a little glam to your Thanksgiving decorations with these painted pumpkins. Autumn inspired metallic paints will dress up any table for the season.
Don’t wait until Christmas to break out the silver and gold. Give faux pumpkins a glamorous makeover by simply brushing on metallic leaf with adhesive for a fall display or centerpiece that will sparkle and shine.
Make This: Metallic Copper, Gold + Silver Pumpkins
Halloween Night Owl
Trick-or-treaters are sure to get a hoot out of this adorable owl pumpkin. With no intricate patterns or pumpkin-carving skills required, you can whip up this easy-to-create, kid-friendly pumpkin in no time.
Make This: Adorable Owl Pumpkin
Break out the Mod Podge and let the memories of your youth commence. To recreate these pretty pumpkins just add some paint and printed napkin cutouts (yes napkins!) and voila! You have a pumpkin transformation that rivals Cinderella’s carriage.
Make This: Funky Decoupage Pumpkin
Curls and Swirls
If you’re a frequent DIYer, you probably have some leftover caulk and spray paint laying around. Good news is that’s all it takes to give your pumpkin a modern facelift with a three dimensional design.
Make This: Swirly Caulk-Covered Pumpkin
The Gang's All Here
Who said carrots were reserved for Frosty? Raid the refrigerator (and your family members' closets) to give fresh pumpkins a personality. Add craft-foam eyelashes or a mustache and a drawn-on smile, plus accessories like glasses, a tie, hat or headphones and cue some family fun.
Make This: Parsnip and Carrot Pumpkin Characters
Fashioned in Fabric
Thanksgiving Decoupage Pumpkins
Decoupage is back in a big way. Even the gourds are getting into it! These faux pumpkins covered in trendy fabric almost look good enough to showcase year round.
Break free from the traditional orange exterior and cover a faux pumpkin from stem to base in the fabric of your choice with a decoupage adhesive. Graphic designs and bold colors make a statement in your seasonal arrangement and can be re-used year after year.
Make This: Patterned Fabric-Covered Pumpkins
Lace, Glitter and Rhinestone Covered Pumpkins
Can’t get enough unique, non-carved pumpkin design ideas? Watch these videos for more inspiration!