Pumpkin Carving Alternatives

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Last Halloween, I outlawed carved pumpkins in our house. I’m done with the mess, done with blistered fingers from those flimsy carving tools, and best of all- done with pumpkin rot. I made some fun painted pumpkins last October that were quite a hit with all our little trick-or-treaters. I decided to go with more of the same this year but also added some extra bling to spruce things up.

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I love how the herringbone pattern doubles as a spider web motif. Puffy paint was the perfect choice for this and adds a little dimension to the surface. I started out by drawing vertical lines in the grooves of the pumpkin and then drew in the chevron pattern. Tip: do this in sections to allow for better handling without smudging the paint.

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Last year, I hand painted each pumpkin white before starting on the patterns. It was quite time consuming so this year I opted for spray paint instead. After only a few minutes of drying time, I painted on the ghost and added the goggly eyes.  I bought jewelry chain and spliced it with wire cutters to create the chain. It was super simple and I think it turned out pretty cute!

It seems like no-carve pumpkins are all the rage this year, how do you plan on decorating your pumpkins this year??


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  1. Hi, Sarah! My favorites are the ghost in chains and the blinged-out gold one! So cute! Can’t wait to decorate pumpkins with the kiddos! xo Kristin

    • Thanks Kristin! Painting and adding fun things to pumpkins would be so fun for the kids. I’m actually teach a Moms group and their kids how to do this in a few weeks! :-)

  2. Cool idea.I especially like the black pumpkin with the ghost!

    • That pumpkin is my favorite too. I used black chalkboard spray paint but it turned out surprisingly glossy. Thanks for visiting Troy!

  3. These are amazingly fabulous! I can’t wait to play with no-carve designs this season!

    • Thanks Meg! It’s so much more fun than carving because there are so many options! I hope you post pics on your blog!!

  4. Love the bling! So fun. I’ll have to add these ideas to my list. I just posted an article on creative pumpkin decorating yesterday also… http://designfixation.blogspot.com/2012/10/do-something-different-with-your.html ‘Tis the season I guess!

    • Thank you Faith :-) I like the bling too and it kind of shimmers so I don’t totally miss the glow of a candle inside. There are so many great ideas out there right now for decorating pumpkins!

  5. Awesome ideas! And the photos are great. I think this might be the 1st year EVER that I’m not buying pumpkins!! We have 3 tiny ones from my sis-in-laws garden, but that’s all:( Just not enough time this year. I’m keeping these ideas in mind for next year. I love the fact that by not cutting into them, they last so much longer. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh my goodness, these are too stinkin’ adorable! I painted some of mine a few weeks ago.. I’m a huge fan of painting rather than carving :)

    -Fotini { http://glamorousbride.blogspot.com }

    • Me too Fotini, though I do miss my pumpkin seeds! I think the best part about painting versus carving is being able to have them all month without them rotting.

  7. Very cool. I can’t wait to give this a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Sarah, these are just stunning ! They look like they;re out of One King’s lane website…seriously gorgeous…my first pin of the night !
    thanks for visiting us,hope to talk to you again soon…xo

  9. What a great idea! I’m sick of the mess and semi-demented looking pumpkins I always end up with. Love the blinged out one!

    • Oh me too! I always have the coolest idea/design to start out with and then I get bored and frustrated and it ends up looking like a preschooler did it.

  10. oh my word these are gorgeous! Seriously, that do look straight out of a magazine. Beautiful photos. I love the designs that you chose and the colors. Just gorgeous.

  11. What a fantastic idea. Instead of that mess I totally agree. Thanks for sharing such originality :) x

  12. The glimmering gold paint is so cool!

    I love this!

    I’d love to have you link up at my Weekend party!


  13. Ooh….Halloween glam! I’m all down for the non-gutting of pumpkins. Pretty!

  14. Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper says:

    These are beautiful. The ghost is my favorite! I hope you will stop by and link this up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party if you haven’t already.


  15. These look great…so sophisticated and chic! Much better than having to scoop out all those pumpkin guts, lol! Would you consider sharing here? I’d be thrilled to have you stop by!

  16. I painted pumpkins this year too! I used a lot of glitter. I love how you added the jewels to the bronze pumpkin. Beautiful!!

  17. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Your pumpkins are AMAZING. I truly cannot pick a favorite among them, but I can say as a whole, these are my favorite I’ve seen yet this season. Pinning!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open

  18. I absolutely love the herringbone pattern! I didn’t realize pumpkins could be so “glam”! Thanks for sharing :)

    • I love a herringbone pattern too! It was super easy also since the pumpkins already have perfect grooves for it.

  19. OMG… ok, so I totally took some (basically all, just slightly different.. but almost the same.. ok laugh now) of your ideas and created some painted pumpkins last night.. I’m waiting for them to completely dry and I’ll post pics.. probably via instagram. ;) btw, love your site!!!

  20. Simply Homemade mag (@Simply_Homemade on Twitter) says:

    These are amazing! Well done! Fancy submitting them for the readers’ pumpkin gallery on the new Simply Homemade website? (Launching next week…) Would love to share them with our readers!

  21. Ok, these pumpkins are hysterical! I wish I would’ve seen them when I was compiling inspiration for our latest Challenge, DIY a Pumpkin! You should enter it into our Challenge :) http://www.craftbaby.com/contests/34/diy-a-pumpkin

  22. These are such great ideas !!

    I featured them in my 5 no carve pumpkin decorating ideas :)


    Have a great day !

    Claire x

  23. Love these, Sarah! Hope you don’t mind if I include them in a fall roundup! :) -April
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