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.

Pumpkin Purr-Fection

Kid-Safe Pumpkin Craft

Kid-Safe Pumpkin Craft

Welcome trick-or-treaters with a litter of black cat pumpkins near your front door. They're easy to create, and you can display them for years to come!

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

Metallic Makeover

Thanksgiving Metallic Pumpkin Decorations

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.

Halloween Night Owl

Cute Owl Pumpkin Step 7

Cute Owl Pumpkin Step 7

Hoo" says a pumpkin can't be trendy? This easy-to-create owl pumpkin requires no intricate patterns or pumpkin-carving skills and is an adorable way to greet Halloween guests and trick-or-treaters.

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.

Decked-Out Decoupage

Decoupaged White Pumpkins With Pink & Blue Flowers

Decoupaged White Pumpkins With Pink & Blue Flowers

Use printed napkins and Mod Podge to create an elegant take on Halloween pumpkins.

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.

Curls and Swirls

Modern Swirly Pumpkin

Modern Swirly Pumpkin

Add some modern flair to your Halloween decor with this simple, no-carve pumpkin design involving caulk and spray paint.

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.

The Gang's All Here

Parsnip Nosed Pumpkins

Parsnip Nosed Pumpkins

Carrot noses aren't just for snowmen anymore. A great project for the kids, this sweet family only requires a few simple steps.

Photo by: unknown ©Layla Palmer

unknown, Layla Palmer

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.

Fashioned in Fabric

Thanksgiving Decoupage Pumpkins

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.

©Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

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.

Lace, Glitter and Rhinestone Covered Pumpkins

Can’t get enough unique, non-carved pumpkin design ideas? Watch these videos for more inspiration!

No-Carve Pumpkin Designs 02:41

Julia shows three ways to decorate your Halloween pumpkin without carving.

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