28 Creative Pumpkin Decorating Ideas We Adore

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This Halloween, spice up your usual pumpkin decorating ideas with our roundup of no-carve pumpkins! From glow-in-the-dark paint to glitter pumpkins, we’ve found a ton of festive ideas that are fun and full of Halloween spirit. So skip the mess of seeds and read on to find your favorite.

Tonia Dee via Handmade Charlotte

Glitter Pumpkins

There are so many ways you can go with this idea, but we really love the deep orange glitter spotted over at Handmade Charlotte. Wondering what you'll need to do this at home? Click here for the details

Allison Murray via Dream a Little Bigger

Pop Art Pumpkin

How cool is this Roy Lichtenstein-inspired no-carve pumpkin idea? Not only do we love how easy it is to pull this off, but we also love how many different directions you can go with a pumpkin theme. Get inspired, and find out what you'll need, over at Dream a Little Bigger.


Color Made Happy

Glowing Sugar Skull

Psst! For a pumpkin that steals the spotlight, all you need is some glow-in-the-dark puffy paint. It's a simple way to add a whole lot of magic to your Halloween decorations. Shine on with instructions from Color Made Happy.

Jac o' lyn Murphy Designs

Elvis Pumpkin

The King has left the building ... and ended up as a pumpKING! This super fun pumpkin is sure to leave you all shook up. Make sure to put on an Elvis playlist while you're crafting your own king of rock 'n roll! Learn more at Jac o' lyn Murphy Designs.

The Crafted Life

Happy Ghost

Who says ghosts have to be scary? These boo-tiful little no-carve pumpkins are cheerful and a cinch to make. Plus, they're guaranteed to make you smile! For the how-to, head on over to The Crafted Life.

A Subtle Revelry

Office Supply Pumpkin

Got office supplies? Then you've got all the fixings for this creative, no-carve pumpkin decorating idea! This gold-studded beauty is actually decked out with gold brads—too easy! Get inspired to make your own at A Subtle Revelry

Homemade Charlotte

Thumbprint Pumpkins

How neat is this idea from Homemade Charlotte? With the help of your kiddos' thumbprints, you can decorate a pumpkin with little cacti, pineapples and more! 

Simple as That

Forest Friends

Transform your pumpkins into friendly woodland animals like these adorable creations from Simple as That. With a little paint and some strategically placed felt and card stock, these will be Halloween-ready in no time. 


Emoji Pumpkin

Take inspiration from Cutefetti to turn your favorite emoji into an outrageously fun pumpkin. Whether you’re into heart eyes or the shocked face, you and your little ones can make it happen with a little creativity. 

Fresh American Style

Colorful Pumpkin

For this vibrant pumpkin, Annie Selke of Fresh American Style was inspired by the Día de los Muertos celebration. You can use acrylic paint and tissue paper to make your own version.

Lovely Indeed

Copper Tops

These charming copper herringbone pumpkins from Lovely Indeed are sophisticated enough for a shop window but easy enough for a family project! Win-win! 

Lines Across

Unicorn Pumpkin

If you've got a unicorn fan in your house, this is the pumpkin pal for you. It's not as difficult as you might think, mostly because the step-by-step instructions from Lines Across make it simple to follow. 

Studio DIY

Donut Pumpkins

We don't know what we love more: how easy these little gourds are to re-create or how incredibly adorable they look sitting on a desk, doorstep or table. These make great autumn baby shower or birthday party decor, too. Find out how to do it yourself over at Studio DIY.

I Heart Naptime

Glittery Ghost Pumpkins

These pumpkins are big on sweet, and not too frighteningly difficult to make. Visit I Heart Naptime to get the tutorial.

Paper & Stitch

Watercolor Pumpkin

What do you get when you mix watercolors with pumpkin decorating? Surprisingly beautiful results! If you don't mind a little clean-up, this is a great way for kids to express their messy artist selves with stunning results. Find out how to do it yourself at Paper & Stitch.

Sugar and Cloth

Disco Ball Pumpkin

The amazing mavens at Sugar and Cloth created these sequined pumpkins with just the right amount of glitz. The best part? The kids can actually help (as long as you don't mind a few sequins on the carpet!). 

Gold Standard Workshop

Dazzling Decoupage

These pretty little pumpkins are such showstoppers, you'll want to keep them out all year round. They'd make great centerpieces or a beautiful surprise for your kiddo's classroom! Get the instructions over at Gold Standard Workshop.

Alice and Lois

Flower Pumpkins

These sweet decoupaged pumpkins are festive and floral—and you can even add fall leaves for an extra autumn-y flourish. Get the how-to for these 'kins (as well as more amazing ideas) at Alice and Lois.

Aww, Sam

Cacti Pumpkins

We’re pretty sure it’s impossible to feel prickly once you take a peek at these cactus pumpkins from Aww, Sam. They're perfect for those who are over the usual orange pumpkins, and they're a creative addition to your stoop, too.

Cloudy Day Gray

Confetti Pumpkin

Who couldn’t use more confetti in their life? We can’t get enough of these confetti pumpkins from Cloudy Day Gray. They’re fun, festive, and easy to pull off—not to mention, a great way to spice up plain ol’ white pumpkins. 

In the Playroom


Whether your kids are big-time Pokemon Go fans or you’re feeling some '90s nostalgia, you’re going to want to check out this Pikachu pumpkin from In the Playroom. The best part is, this friendly pumpkin doesn’t require any special artistic talents. Learn more here.

Sugar and Charm

Ice Cream Scoop

I scream, you scream, we all scream for … ice cream cone pumpkins, courtesy of Sugar and Charm. We love how this super sweet idea can be customized to represent your little one’s fave ice cream flavor! 

Studio DIY

Animal Pumpkins

Are you ready to par-tay? These party animal pumpkins from Studio DIY are equal parts cute and creative. From a flamingo pumpkin to an elephant pal, they’ll turn your porch into a true zoo.

Changing My Destiny

Mummy Pumpkin

This mummy pumpkin from Changing My Destiny is probably the friendliest little monster you’ll ever see (Because, c'mon—who can resist those peek-a-boo googly eyes?).

Jane Can

Hilarious Hats & Mustaches

Start raiding your dress-up bin, because Jane Can has a cool idea for pumpkins that are ultra-cute and ultra-easy to make. Hit up Party City for stick-on mustaches, and you're all set! 

Find It, Make It, Love It

Googly Eyes Pumpkin

This fun pumpkin from Find It, Make It, Love It gets bonus points for being a real eyeful. Snag the googly eyes at your local Dollar Store, then grab your glue gun and get going! Learn more here.

A Girl Named PJ

Colorful Painted Pumpkin

Need to get your pumpkin decorated ASAP? Then you need to check out this awesome Paint Drip Pumpkin from A Girl Named PJ. Not only will be a messy hit with your creative kid, but it's also a great last-minute idea!

Find It, Make It, Love It

Spider Web

We think this idea from Find It, Make It, Love It deserves extra creativity points. It’s easy enough to make your own spooky spider web—and all you need are nails and string! 

— Amber Guetebier & Abigail Matsumoto

Featured image: Drew Hays via Unsplash


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