Updated: Nov 6, 2017 5:45 pm
Decorating pumpkins is one of the highlights of the Halloween season, but let's face it: Decorating pumpkins is messy and complicated. First, you have to pick the best pumpkin at the pumpkin patch — a feat in and of itself. Then, you have to decide on a pumpkin carving idea. Do you want to go with the classic Jack-O-Lantern, or do you want to try something more daring, like a Dog-O-Lantern? Once you've settled on a design, then comes the task of actually carving your orange fruit. Unfortunately, the masterpiece you had in your head doesn't always translate to your canvas.
And after you've gutted your pumpkin and baked your pumpkin seeds, you find yourself wondering, "How long do carved pumpkins last?" Was carving your pumpkin on October 1 a bad idea? Will it last longer than two stinkin' seconds? And what about your kids and grandkids? If they're too young to hold a pumpkin let alone handle a knife, do you really want to commit to carving something that will disintegrate in a few weeks? No, thanks!
Instead of fretting this season about carving pumpkins, why not try a DIY no-carve pumpkin? As the name implies, you get to decorate your gourds with any and everything that tickles your fancy. There's no "best" no-carve pumpkin idea because they're all the best idea! From a simple paint job to an all-over glitter bath, these no-carve pumpkin ideas prove you don't need to get down and dirty to have a pumpkin worth setting on your stoop.
Easy Googly Eyes Pumpkin
There are so many wonderful things about mini pumpkins, the first of which is obviously that they're just adorable. Like, too cute. Not to mention there's nothing worse than being forced to lug your child's enormous pumpkin around the patch until every family member has found "The One," so why not enforce a rule that you'll only buy what each child can carry? That way even your little ones can join the Halloween fun by picking out a mini pumpkin, and you don't end up with arms that ache until Thanksgiving!
Another wonderful thing about mini pumpkins — they are even cuter (yes, it's possible) with googly eyes. All you need to complete this craft is an assortment of googly eyes and some glue. Even if your child or grandchild manages to make a mess with the glue, it will be nothing in comparison to scooping pumpkin guts out of the carpet. And now you can proudly show off your "punkin's" pumpkin!
Dog-O-Lanterns may be all the rage, but that doesn't mean cat lovers can't get in on the fun, too! Unlike dog-o-lanterns, for this Halloween pumpkin decorating idea, no carving is required. All you need is paint, a paintbrush, and some toothpicks.
Once you've decided on the type of cat you're going to paint — using Grumpy Cat and Lil Bubs for inspiration is totally encouraged here — all you have to do is paint the toothpicks black to give your pumpkin some whiskers. You could even do an homage to your own furry feline and turn their likeness into an adorable painted pumpkin! (Even though they'll never appreciate it — do cats appreciate anything?)
If you're big and bold and you want to go all out, why not give your pumpkin a glitter shower? For minimal effort and maximum impact, your sparkling gourd will surely outshine the rest in the neighborhood.
For a pumpkin that shines as bright as a diamond, all you need is glue and some glitter. Combine your favorite colors of glitter for a customized look, or apply the glue in patterns to give your pumpkin even more sass. Even though the glitter makes this a bit more delicate than other outdoor pumpkins, it would be a shame for the neighbors to not see your Halloween handiwork. Once your glittery pumpkin is dry, all you need to do is seal it with something like Mod Podge and you'll have a stoop-ready pumpkin!