10 DIY No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

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Fall arrives and suddenly the sight, smell, and taste of pumpkin is everywhere. Who can resist a pumpkin latte or warm pumpkin chocolate chip cookie? We also wouldn’t be surprised if you ate that pumpkin cookie while burning a pumpkin-flavored candle. And then there is the annual search for the perfect pumpkin.

Whether you buy your pumpkins from the grocery store or travel to a nearby pumpkin patch, one question remains the same–how are you going to decorate your pumpkin? This year instead of doing a traditional carving why not try one or more of these fun DIY no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas. We’ve found ten no-carve pumpkin ideas that are sure to bring out your inner crafting goddess.

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1. Sunflower Seeds & Nuts

These little critters from are beyond adorable and really easy to make. All you need is sunflower seeds, nuts, feathers, and a hot glue gun.

2. Washi Tape

Not sure what to do with your endless rolls of Washi tape? Let the kids go to town decorating their pumpkins.

3. Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard paint has never looked this good. After your pumpkin dries use chalk to write a special Halloween message.

4. Decoupage

Learn how to decoupage a pumpkin using paper or fabric with this step-by-step tutorial from Country Living magazine.

5. Ric Rac

Designer Eddie Ross proves ric rac is equally chic as it is playful with these darling white pumpkins adorned with black trim.

6. Craft Paint

Lucy from Craftberry Bush demonstrates how craft paint can transform a pumpkin into you or your child’s favorite character.

7. Glitter

When it comes to crafting who can say no to glitter? Don’t let your pumpkins miss out on the fun.

8. Cheesecloth

Making these little mummies requires some cheesecloth, glow-in-the-dark paint, and a little bit of time, but when you’re done you’ll be smiling from ear to ear.

9. Nail Polish

No time to run to the store for regular craft paint? Pull out your nail polish and start creating colorful designs.

10. Brads

Angie from The Country Chic Cottage uses brads to give her pumpkins an extra dose of flair.

 

About the Author: Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and now calls Chicago home. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, running along Lake Michigan, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

Beyond Jack-O-Lanterns: 6 Simple Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Simple Ideas for Carving Pumpkins

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Carving pumpkins doesn’t have to be difficult. Try one of these simple pumpkin carving ideas for an ooh-worthy pumpkin without the stress.

We’ve seen them on our neighbors’ porches – those stunning works of art immortalized in the amber roundness of a pumpkin and glowing for all to see. Pirate ships on a bubbling sea, witches soaring across a full moon, haunted houses with bats in the belfry, and all other elaborately carved Halloween magic. But if you’re developing anxiety just thinking about the costumes you’ve got to throw together, the mega-bag of candy you forgot to buy, and how you should probably replace the light bulb on the front porch before All Hallow’s Eve arrives – an intricately carved pumpkin is probably the last thing on your list. If that’s the case, these straightforward simple pumpkin carving ideas will put your mind at ease while giving your porch a pumpkin punch!

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1. Shape up (slide 1)

If you’re tired of trying to create the same old toothy Jack-o-lantern or spending time on intricate patterns, try something like this! A simple, repeating pattern of shapes turns out a unique kind of pumpkin that will certainly shed light on your visitors. A fall leaf shape is a great way to make a decoration that can stay on the porch even beyond Halloween. See the Simple Leaf Pumpkins.

2. Drill team (slide 2)

If you like easy, sophisticated, and luminescent, this idea is for you. Use a drill to punch holes in your gourds and pumpkins and light up the night! See the Drilled “Celestial” Pumpkins.

3. Hole in one (slide 3)

Creativity can take time, but your trick-or-treaters won’t be able to tell how quick this design came together! Cut the holes yourself, or use a couple of ½- and 1- inch drill bits to make it even easier. See the “Mouse House” Pumpkin.

4. Gutless (slide 4)

there’s a lot of mess that goes along with gutting a pumpkin, not to mention the amount of time it takes. So why not forego the gutting altogether with a few linoleum cutting tools and a little trick like this? No cutting, just carving. And – bonus – this one will last longer than a traditionally carved squash. See the Surface Carved Pumpkin.

5. Leave your mark (slide 5)

A monogram letter is a great way to add a touch of class to the front walk. Keep it simple using the first letter of your last name or go crazy and spell it all out! If you’re in the mood for something more complex, spell out a Halloween word or two, such as “spooky” or “boo!” Just print a template from the computer in the font of your choice, cut it out, and get carving. See the Monogram Pumpkins.

6. Creative cuts (slide 6)

A Jack-o-lantern face or a carving pattern from a kit can be found among anyone’s décor. Go a step beyond your former, lack-luster pumpkin boundaries by cutting some basic squares and adding a touch of paint. See the Haunted House Pumpkins.

Or try the same technique with a few of these spooky lanterns (slide 7)! See the Spooky Lantern Pumpkins (and get Country Living’s FREE templates).

 Carving pumpkins doesn’t have to be difficult. You don’t have to resort to the same old-same old or spend hours attempting a masterpiece. Your porch can become a work of art without all the fuss this year by trying out a few of these simple, unique carving ideas. And if you’re looking for more Halloween inspiration, head on over to Remodelaholic for some spooktacular ideas!

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyineperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

5 Pumpkin Carving Tips for a Perfect Jack-O-Lantern

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This Halloween, I want you to take your pumpkin carving more seriously.

You have taken too much time and invested too much money in crummy tool kits to spend one more Halloween sitting among slimy piles of seeds and newspaper for hours, trying to carve a simple face into the practically impenetrable shell of an orange vegetable (or fruit, if we need to bring that argument up). Stop it.

The following tidbits of jack-o-lantern wisdown and pumpkin carving tips are being handed to you now, that you might experience the actual joys, as opposed to the headaches, of pumpkinery. (featured image via Better Homes and Gardens)

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Pick your pumpkin

  • Find one with a smooth, unblemished surface and even color.
  • Make sure your pumpkin sits upright on its own.
  • Look out for mold around the stem. These pumpkins have likely begun to rot!

Tools of the trade

  • Carving kit – this is a fine place to start, but if you really want to make the most of carving, try some sturdier tools.
  • Drills and bits – they come in all shapes and sizes, and make for some seriously simple hole-punching.
  • Linoleum cutters – the perfect tool for curly cues and simple designs on your pumpkin’s outer surface.
  • Keyhole saw – typically one of the best tools for cutting your “lid” and larger details.
  • Carpentry tools – wood gouges are great for scraping patterns into the surface
  • Awl, or other needle-like tools – good for poking holes to transfer patterns to your pumpkin.
  • Metal cookie cutters – an easy way to get creative and available in seasonal shapes! Use a rubber mallet to hammer them all the way through.
  • Sculpting scraper and other sculpting tools – made for clay, these are perfect for scraping out the gunk and putting finishing touches on your carving.
  • Other tools to consider – metal spoons, melon ballers, X-acto knives, toothpicks, serrated knives, ice cream scoops, markers and pens.

The art of carving

  • Cut your pumpkin’s opening at an angle so that the “lid” has a shelf to sit on and will not fall through.
  • Scrape out all of the “guts” and pare down the walls until everything is about 1 to 1 ½ inches thick for easier carving.
  • Start from the center of your design and carve outward, dividing large sections into smaller parts to cut.

Keeping things fresh

  • Rub Vaseline/petroleum jelly on the cut parts of your pumpkin after carving to keep it from drying too early
  • Spraying the pumpkin with a bleach/water mix will keep mold and bugs away.
  • Is your creation drying out and beginning to look less like a happy Jack and more like a shriveled and toothless old man? Try soaking it in water for a few hours!

Light’em up

  • Candles are the old stand by, but battery-powered tea lights, Christmas lights, a strobe light, or even a glowstick can add to the jack-o-lantern experience.

 

Make your pumpkin carving experience extra-special this year – collect a few tools, find the perfect pumpkin, and perhaps try a few new, simple carving ideas. Before you know it, you’ll be lighting things up in a whole new way!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyineperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Fall Party Ideas for Kids

For some, planning a kid’s party is an exciting endeavor that sparks the imagination and gets the creative juices flowing.  For others, it’s a dreaded, necessary evil that makes them cringe.  Either way – no problem!  Get your fall party ideas here, with a couple treat, snack and activity ideas for that you can either implement or simply use as a springboard for inspiration.

If the timing works to incorporate Halloween – do it!  There’s an abundance of creative ideas surrounding this fun holiday.

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Treat: Check out this Mummy Oreo Pop Tower.

These are Candy Quik coated Oreos and honestly, the messier you make the mummy wrap the better!  For more information on how to make these and create this tower click here.

Snack: These Mummy Dogs are the perfect snack and super easy

Mummy Dogs

Activity: It doesn’t get any cheaper and easier than a roll of toilet paper!  Just have the kids pair up and see which team can ‘mummify’ their partner the fastest!

If a Halloween theme isn’t an option, go more traditional with pumpkin.

Treat: Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Nutella Frosting (yes please!).  Just try saying ‘whoopie pie’ to your kids and not get a smile out of them.  They’ll love it.

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Nutella Frosting

Recipe Here

Snack: Keep it super simple and roast pumpkin seeds with different spices!  Make some sweet, some savory.   For more snack ideas check out this post on 20 great pumpkin recipes.

Activity: Build a pumpkin man.  Head to the thrift to find some scarves, hats and whatever else strikes your creativity (or if you’re the anti-creative type, let your kids pick out the accessories). Three pumpkins, a marker and your set!  Check out this post for inspiration.

There you have it.  Now go forth and party!

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

20 Great Pumpkin Recipes

Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Since school has started, I would say fall has arrived.  And that gives me permission to start making pumpkin recipes.  To kick off the pumpkin season I decided to make a list of GREAT pumpkin recipes for you all to check out!

Pumpkin Recipes For Fall