10 No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas You Need to Try this Halloween


I’m assuming that parenthood is going to come with years and years of pumpkin guts and toothy, carved jack-o-lanterns, especially now that the kids are old enough to know that pumpkin carving is a thing. But that’s not stopping me from my old no-carve ways. So in case you feel the same, here are 10 no-carve pumpkin ideas you need to try this Halloween!

DIY Paint Pen Patterned No-Carve Pumpkins

10 No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas You Need to Try this Halloween

Copper Herringbone Pumpkins

Some metallic paint pens are all you need to make these herringbone beauties. And this technique will work on big pumpkins, small pumpkins, or anything in between!

DIY No-Carve Copper Herringbone Pumpkins

Tiny Message Pumpkins

So cute you’ll barely be able to stand it. You could also customize these to say anything you like — a teacher’s name, Halloween puns, and more.

DIY Tiny Message Pumpkins

Nailhead Trim Pumpkins

One of our first no-carve pumpkin ideas and still a fan favorite! The nail head trim looks great on gray pumpkins. These no-carve pumpkins have been shared more than any of our other Halloween ideas!

DIY Furniture Nail Pumpkins

Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

Everybody’s favorite Halloween movie makes an appearance on our gourds! What’s your favorite quote from Hocus Pocus? Grab some stickers and put it on a pumpkin.

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

Painted Mini Pumpkins

Spray paint really is the answer to everything. These little mini pumpkins got a coat of spray paint and it brightened them right up. This is a perfect project if you like to inject a little unexpected color into your fall decor. You could also try our rainbow pumpkin front door wreath!

DIY Painted Mini Pumpkins

Patterned Pumpkins

Black and white look perfect together on these mini patterned cuties. We had a great time dreaming up patterns for these little pumpkins. I think these are a favorite of mine. I just love a black and white color palette for Halloween — I think it’s simple and cool and just creepy enough.

DIY Paint Pen Patterned No-Carve Pumpkins

Gold Leaf Dipped Pumpkins

Because it wouldn’t be a Lovely Indeed roundup without some gold leaf. These are such a great way to add some metallics to your fall decor. The project comes together in just a few minutes and you can use these faux pumpkins over and over again year after year.

DIY Gold Leaf Dipped Pumpkin

Geometric Gold Pattern Pumpkins

Our very favorite gold paint pens put to good use! This project would also be perfect on large pumpkins! Use your imagination when it comes to shape and pattern, and create something that’s totally unique.

String and Nail Art Pumpkins

Make them say anything you like! This is another one of our earliest pumpkin tutorials, but still a favorite on Pinterest every year! I think white string on a black pumpkin would look super cool too.

Gold Botanical Art Pumpkins

A pretty floral pattern with our favorite gold pens! We were inspired by some of our favorite pattern makers to try our own floral pattern! Love how these turned out.

Painted pumpkins with a botanical gold pattern for fall

What’s your favorite? Are there any that you’ve already tried? I love brainstorming new ways to avoid ever having to cut into a pumpkin. But I guess the dream can’t last forever — so maybe next time, we’ll cover “the easiest way to carve a pumpkin with two toddlers” and call it good. 😉 xoxo

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  1. Ooh, I’d have to say the gold leaf ones are my fave, but there’s so many cute choices! No-carve is definitely the way to go. 😉

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