Carving pumpkins has been a longstanding tradition around Halloween, but now that my kids are grown, I prefer a more sophisticated look for my pumpkins:>! So, if you’re like me and want to try some no-carve pumpkin painting design ideas, you’ll love this post that’s full of super fun pumpkin decorating tips to try!
Even if you’re not the DIY type, these ideas are easy and you’ll be amazed at what you can create. They’re great for kids and adults alike!
Pumpkin Painting Designs
Quirky Flirty Pumpkin
Just because it’s Halloween, doesn’t mean your pumpkins need to be scary – cute is ok! I love these fun eyelashes found on Pinterest. A bit of glitter adds to the whimsical feel!
Gold Sequin Pumpkin
Give your pumpkin the glam treatment with some gold sequin polka dots, like these pumpkins seen on Sugar and Cloth. They’re certainly not traditional but this modern idea is inspiring. Finish it off by spray painting the stem gold, too. You could also try this look with black pumpkins!
These floral pumpkins would be great at a pumpkin decorating contest. They’re an unexpected twist on your typical painted pumpkin and would blend in nicely with your fall decor. She has a great tutorial on how to get this look on her blog.
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One easy pumpkin painting idea to try is this drip pumpkin via momdotcom. The abstract effect is certainly unique, and kids will love it because it’s messy!
To get the look, dip your pumpkin in some milk paint. It dries quickly and goes on thick. Pour the paint over the pumpkin and let it naturally fall. You can manipulate it a bit and experiment for different looks!
If you’re worried about your pumpkin painting skills, you’ll love these pumpkin decals from Koala Printworks. There are loads of cute sayings that you can choose from and personalize, which are then easily adhered to any craft pumpkin.
Tissue Paper Pumpkin
Not in the mood for painting? No worries! This tissue paper pumpkin from Tell Love and Party is a festive looking fellow and all you have to do is cut and paste!
For this project, grab some tissue paper in assorted colors–or solid colors if you like–and cut them into triangle shapes. Paint some mod podge on the back of the tissue paper to adhere it to the pumpkin. Don’t forget to finish your pumpkin by painting the stem!
Intricate patterned pumpkins may seem challenging to achieve, but with some paint pens you can do these fine designs as seen from Lovely Indeed. It’s one of my favorite pumpkin painting ideas for small pumpkins!
Melted Crayon Pumpkins
Looking for a whimsical way to decorate your pumpkin this season? Try this colorful pumpkin made with melted crayons as seen on Dream a Little Bigger. You could go with this multicolor look, or do an ombré pumpkin or solid colors, too. All you need are some crayons and a blow dryer to melt the colorful wax onto the pumpkin. This is another no-carve pumpkin decorating idea that’s great to do with your kids!
For a spooky—yet easy—pumpkin painting idea, try this skeleton pumpkin seen on Think Makes Share blog. This hand-painted design just requires a steady hand, a white craft pumpkin and black paint.
Pumpkin Painting Supplies
I prefer using the craft pumpkins from Michael’s for my decorating. There are so many sizes to choose from and a variety of colors like white, orange and black.
Here are a few other pumpkin painting supplies you may need: