For me, there is no Halloween without pumpkins! One of the core traditions of Halloween is to put a Jack-o-Lantern on your front walkway. But one of the most frustrating aspects of making Jack-o-Lanterns is the mess we make and the tools we need to carve them. Below are a few ideas of how you can decorate your pumpkins this year the no-carve way. Get the kids involved to make it a family affair! Learn more about Fall crafting here.

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  • You can use faux pumpkins for these ideas or real pumpkins, I used faux only because I got a great deal on them at Target!

Pro Tip- If you are using faux pumpkins, a great way to make them look more real is to cover them in a coat of brown paint and simply wipe off the excess with a paper towel. The paint will stick in all the pumpkins crevices and make it look much more realistic!

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Chalkboard Paint Pumpkin

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This one is super easy!

What You’ll Need:

  • A Pumpkin
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • A Chalk Pen or pens

Step One-

Paint your pumpkin with chalkboard paint! I prefer black paint because it sticks to the spooky theme but you can choose any color you want.

Step Two-

When your pumpkin is dry, pick a word or design and write it in chalk pen on your pumpkin.

Glitter Pumpkin(Slightly Messy)

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What You’ll Need

  • A Pumpkin
  • An Acrylic Paint Color of your choice
  • Glitter of your choice
  • Glue bottle with a narrow nozzle

Step One-

Paint your pumpkin with your chosen color, you may need to do a few coats to get the coverage you’re looking for.

Step Two-

Once your pumpkin is completely dry use your glue to draw a pattern of your choosing, such as a cobweb or a spooky face. I suggest putting down some cardboard or old newspapers on a surface you can work on. Take your pumpkin to your work space, we will be using glitter so expect a little mess to be made. Lightly pour your glitter over the glue. Don’t worry about getting glitter on areas without glue, it will come right off! When you have completely covered your glue with glitter, shake off the excess and you are done!

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What You’ll Need:

  • A Pumpkin
  • A Black Paint Pen
  • Orange Rhinestones
  • 3 different kinds of ribbon of your choosing
  • Mod Podge
  • A Hot Glue Gun

Step One-

Print out the letters below for your stencil. You can use any other words/phrases that you’d like, but I recommend the one below for this tutorial.

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Once you’ve printed out the letters for your pumpkin, cut them out and tape them to the front of your pumpkin. Trace around the edges of the stencils with a pencil.

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Step Two-

After removing the stencil use a black paint pen and go over your tracings. Allow time to dry. Use Mod Podge to glue your rhinestones to the outlines of the letters to give them definition. You can use bigger rhinestones than I did. Using tweezers to apply them really helps speed up the process. Coat the whole decal in a layer of Mod Podge when your done to really seal it in.

Step Three

Using your hot glue gun, take three different kinds of ribbon, overlap them, and glue together. Now glue your ribbon strand to the side of your pumpkin for a classy look. You can add a bow to the top for a finishing touch.

 

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